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Reflect on Teaching as Profession

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The discussions for the past few weeks started to in-depth my understanding about my personal philosophy and how can it affect my future educational philosophy. The historical foundation of education here in the Philippines has conversed which are mostly factual. Among those topics, the three areas that have struck me the most were the implications of knowing your educational philosophy, the reality of progressivism and traditional way of teaching, and the effect of colonization on the Philippine education.

Based on the self-assessment test (regarding educational philosophy), it showed that I am a social constructionist and a humanist. Humanism and social constructionism represent pedagogical philosophies that are personally and professionally in which I truly believe in. My personal philosophy is grounded to this paradigm.  As an educator, I realize that I am responsible in facilitating holistic learning, one that value human life, human experiences, and the ability to appreciate lives without causing harm to others during the process. I believe that education must emphasize the educational institution as an environment for implementing social change and challenging social inequalities.

What is happening to the educational system is hard to understand without knowing the traditional and progressivism philosophy. The discussion emphasized that the traditional way of teaching is not just associated to old teachers nor progressivism to the new generation educators. The utilization of the philosophy mostly vary depends on different circumstances. There will be times that the integration of these two styles will be required. In progressivism, the learners will explore, experience, and experiment to be able to understand a certain concept and it is a good way of learning. However, at some point or in some subjects, for the students to understand the lesson, they must recognize the relevance of what they are doing. Therefore, the skills of writing, reading and solving problems will be also relevant. These are mostly traditional. Traditionalist leans towards structures, content, formal and measurable learnings while progressivist is more of processes, experiences, informal learnings, and intangible outcomes. Personally, each of them cannot stand alone. As an educator, we will need both of these styles in the classroom.

The recent week, we started learning the history of education in the Philippines. We got stuck discussing the effect of the American colony to our education system. Everybody agrees that we do not really have our own system because up until today, we are following the American educational system. Their biggest influence is the “Public School System” which basically increase the literacy rate of our country. However, the negative side is that since then, it became hard for us to dwell on the quality and form our own identity in terms of education as a country. My only question is since Japan colonize us for more than 300 years, what do you think is their greatest contribution/s in our education system?

These topics can be used to develop learning and teaching philosophies and strategies because each will say something about how we choose to learn and what teaching style we and our students have found to be successful.

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