My History Teaching Philosophy

My teaching Philosophy at the beginning of my B. Ed. Degree

 

At the beginning of my Bachelor of Education Degree, my Teaching Philosophy was to instill the passion in my learners to do their own learning and come to their own conclusions. However, at the same time, in the classroom my duty was to also stand in front of the class and give them much of the information that they would need. I thought of History as stories with dates that needed to be passed on. I could only give them so many of these “stories” before they would need to do their own research. I had no conscious idea of the concepts, aims and skills needed in History. I thought teaching at the beginning of my degree was that the role of the learner was to learn what they were given and the role of the teacher was to teach the set curriculum without deviations. I viewed this as a challenge because I did believe there are students who want to do their own learning and should be allowed the opportunity to do so. I thought teaching was more teacher centered than learner centered.

My English Teaching Philosophy

My teaching Philosophy at the beginning of my B. Ed. Degree

At the beginning of my Bachelor of Education Degree, my Teaching Philosophy was to instill the passion in my learners to do their own learning and come to their own conclusions. However, at the same time, in the classroom my duty was to also stand in front of the class and give them much of the information that they would need. I thought of English as Literature and Language that was to be enjoyed and analysed, but at the same time saw no real point, with exception of the language skills needed for the world outside of high school. I could only give them so many of the skills they needed to take joy in English as subject. I had no conscious idea of the concepts, aims and skills needed in English. I thought teaching at the beginning of my degree was that the role of the learner was to learn what they were given and the role of the teacher was to teach the set curriculum without deviations. I viewed this as a challenge because I did believe there are students who want to do their own learning and should be allowed the opportunity to do so. I thought teaching was more teacher centered than learner centered.

My Teaching Philosophy now

My Teaching Philosophy now is that learners need to be able to do their own learning with the help and guidance from me as the teacher. I have since come to learn that this is a Constructivist approach to learning. It is not a perfect theory, and I have to fill in the imperfect parts with other Teaching theories. I have come to learn that there are certain concepts, skills and aims that need to be taught to learners, and learners need to have opportunities to practice these skills. Teaching History and English is about teaching and providing opportunities for learners to use these skills, and it is not about teaching stories with dates, nor is about standing in front of a class. Teaching is more about facilitation rather than just giving information. Teaching is far more learner centered than teacher centered. The teacher and the learner each play an important role in a learners learning, in a certain balance.