Educational Philosophy: As an educator, I am responsible for facilitating holistic learning, one that value human life, human experiences, and the ability to appreciate lives without causing harm to others in the process. I believe that education must emphasizes that the educational institution as an environment for implementing social change and challenging social inequalities.
Background and Reflection:
Appreciating the symbolic character of ‘teacher as professional’ has empirical value. It explains the debatable trend towards conceptualizing teaching in barley instructional terms. What metaphors of teaching have in shared, is that significance of this conclusion is dual. Accepting the limitations of the ‘teacher as professional’, provides guidance about how to portray ‘professionalism’ as a cultural standard for promoting change in teaching and teacher education.
My entire career was detoured to so many fields before I ended up taking education program. It is best described as I started as a teacher and I want to end-up as one. I taught for a year in my alma mater after graduating from Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Looking back, I experienced it without any principles in teaching or pedagogical skills. No proper knowledge about assessment, curriculum, strategies, and other basic things about education. All I have is the desire to transfer my knowledge to the future generation. It was about taking Masters of Art in Nursing and be a clinical instructor or school administrator when failing to the licensure examination happened. That license is the primary requirement for me to proceed with those plans. Lack of motivation and discouragement to pursue brought me to where I am today. It may be a long journey but it’s worth the wait. I fought so hard to have my diploma. Education is like a gem for us who grow up deprived with so many things. I strived so hard, equipped with the scholarship, I worked and dreamed to finished my studies. It was after my graduation I realized that things are better if you are literate and competent. From then on, motivated by compassion, I wanted to implant that principle to everyone that I have given the chance to share it. I affirm that we have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to the lives of other people through education.
Different industries taught me different values. Human resources mold to be professional, obedient, and disciplined. Customer service where I was exposed the longest, trained me to become patient, resilient, and sincere. Procurement, skilled me with the processes and with the analytical ability. All those values where I believed to be a virtuous foundation of being an educator.
Before deciding to join in one of the top universities of the country, one of the major factor that I considered is the opportunity to grow and study again. I worked under Academic Services Group and deals with different members of the community from students, parents, administrators, and faculties. Our primary function is to help them in any academic difficulties that they may encounter during their stay in the community. Exposure to the academe setting influenced me a lot. And as I go through the graduate school for education, surrounded by people who valued education as a calling and a mission, I started realizing that I am on the right path. Because looking back, I don’t remember any teacher of me who makes me wanted to be a teacher. There were two who I admire the most. One was my adviser when I was in fourth grade and the other one was my first-year high school adviser. But they don’t inspire me to be one. When I started working to a university, hearing student stories about teachers contribute a share on my desire of coming back to this profession.
Remembering my first year in school, I recall it as fun and exciting. When I was in kindergarten, I can tell that I really enjoyed it. It’s more of play and art. I am an honor pupil without even knowing how I got it nor care about it. According to research, preschoolers appreciate more specific appreciation more than title based rewards. Coming to the big school, I recall having a separation anxiety until I was grade three. My primary to intermediate level years were dominantly traditional learning experience except for Home Economics.
High school years were more even challenging. I studied in a Catholic Institution as a partial scholar. The curriculum is good. The teachers were novice though because all those skilled were transferring to the public school were the pay is high. But they are trying their best to facilitate learning. Terrible experienced was I got bullied by some of my classmates. I blame no one but youngness and immaturity. Teacher’s role was not clear for me. I don’t remember me asking their assistance regarding my situation.
College days were though. Since it was a small institution, intimacy is very high. It was the level when my full potential as a student had been unleashed. No barrier like discrimination and politics, I started joining different activities. I was also elected as member of student government. My professors believe in me. And that’s when I started believing in myself too. That was self-esteem.
Grounded to these experiences, I see how critical the role those teachers and learning experiences played of who I became as a person. I could have ended having inferiority complex. Fortunately, the college professors help a lot to reversed that. Relating this to the current educational philosophy, I think being a humanist is one vital philosophy that a teacher must have. This may not stand alone but it partakes a significant part not just in facilitating learning but also on a child holistic development. Also, I am greatly influenced by my long-term engagement with outdoor activities promoting eco-tourism. I’ve been hiking since 2014. I had an opportunity to talk to different environment advocates. It was part of the experiences encountering people who lacks concern about environment so as care about the necessity of its sustainability. If they only have been taught about its relevance to the society, things would be better. I am certain that as things stand now, only less number of people get involved in social issues because they do not know how to do so. I am also engaged in activities supporting kids with cancer at National Children’s Hospital. Such social actions will contribute in my future endeavor as a teacher. These values connect well to the Lasallian values which faith, zeal, and communion, characters that the Lasallian educator must possess.
Humanism and Social Reconstructionism are the two-educational philosophy that dominates me. Cohen (1999) emphasized that social Reconstructionism is a philosophy that address social questions and a quest to create a better society and worldwide democracy. Reconstructionist educators focus on a curriculum that highlights social reform as the aim of education. Humanism, a paradigm focuses on the human freedom, dignity, and potential. Humanists believe that the learner should be in control of his or her own destiny. Since the learner should become a fully autonomous person, personal freedom, choice, and responsibility are the focus. However, based on the learnings throughout discussion, all the philosophies are necessary depending on different factor including the level, the learning environment, the materials available, and the skills of the teachers. None the less for me, it is non-negotiable that the students are the primary and the center of the educative process and that the teachers should focus on the total human formation of students considering the three domains.
Looking forward, I would like to absorb the outlooks that occasionally the demand of this profession alters our beliefs (talking about organizational and ethical requirements) and that we work to leave the profession. I think the mindsets we teachers need to nurture within ourselves are we can progress our competence by ourselves. We should believe that could succeed as teachers and that this profession matters to the societal transformation. These beliefs are probably what fuel my grit, and motivates me to keep aspiring to be one.
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