Philosophy of Education: Before and After
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Before: I believe that education...
  • is personal.  Children learn best in a safe and nurturing community guided by a caring teacher who is in tune to and can inspire a child, arousing curiosity and grabbing attention.
  • is messy and active.  Children learn best in an a environment that is visually stimulating, full of reference cues, having a variety of inviting places to explore, relax, play, read, work together, or by one’s self, and is full of movement.   
  • is fun.  Children learn best when they are allowed to have fun with their teacher, each other, and with their learning tasks.
  • is daring.  Children learn best in an environment where they are encouraged to take risks.
  • is collaborative. Children learn from each other in many ways. Learning is enhanced in an environment that allows sharing of ideas among each other and with the teacher.
  • takes a lot of energy.  Children learn best when they are required to work hard and reach high.
  • is satisfying.  Children learn best when the joy of learning is an obvious trait in the teacher and is encouraged in children.
  • is relevant to the learner. Children learn best when what they are learning is meaningful to them and can be applied somewhere in their lives.
  • is well-planned but flexible. Children learn best when their teacher is calm and in control of the lesson, knows what comes next, and is able to get side-tracked but can elegantly steer them back to what’s at hand.
When I started the Master’s of Education Technology program, I had not been a classroom teacher for many years; when I did teach in the classroom it was only for a few years.  My role in K-12 revolved around helping teachers incorporate technology into teaching and learning.  I continue along that same path of incorporating technology into teaching and learning, however, I now work in higher education with faculty.  My current philosophy of education, despite the fact that I work with highly educated adults, did not change much!

Now: I believe that education…
  • is personal.  Adults learn best when there is a feeling of community guided by a caring instructor who is in tune to and can inspire them, arouse curiosity and grab their attention.
  • is messy and active.  Adults learn best in an environment where they can apply what they’ve learned in a hands-on workshop situation right away.   
  • is fun Adults learn best when they are allowed to have fun with their instructor, each other, and with their learning tasks.
  • is daring.  Adults learn best in an environment where they are encouraged to take risks and can experience and learn from others taking risks alongside.
  • is collaborative.  Adults learn a great deal from each other in many ways. Learning is enhanced in an environment that allows sharing of ideas and where collaboration is encouraged and, in fact, expected.
  • takes a lot of energy.  Adults learn best when they are required to reach beyond what they know. If they already know it, the learning is a waste of their time; they are busy with jobs, families, and professional  and personal obligations.
  • is satisfying.  Adults learn best when the joy of learning is an obvious trait in the instructor, and when the learning is immediately helpful.
  • is relevant to the learner. Adults learn best when what they are learning is meaningful to them and can be applied in their lives either personally or professionally.
  • is well-planned but flexible. Adults learn best when the instructor is obviously calm and in control, easily moves on to what’s next, can get side-tracked but elegantly move back to what needs to be covered.

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