My teaching philosophy is founded upon the same thoughts and beliefs of philosopher/psychologist Jean Piaget’s, that is that children are active learners seeking out knowledge of how the world around them works. Thus my plan for my classroom is for it to be student centered, where students actively participate in their own learning. My role as a teacher is to engage my students, to facilitate and guide their learning,and to use my knowledge and expertise of mathematics to design activities and assignments that allow students to make their own inferences and to create their own knowledge. Moreover, it is to provide materials, questions, and/or comments to help guide and/or focus their thinking to (but not limiting it to) the intended outcome or goal of the each lesson and/or to adjust/align students misconceptions to that which we have found to be true or factual. I believe that this way of teaching is effective because it allows students to make personal connections to each concept or new information as they seek out knowledge and understanding. Also,the constructivist approach, I believe, leads to more opportunities of higher order of thinking(comprehension, application, analysis, evaluation and synthesis) done by students and reduces the amount of memorization and regurgitation. Thus, causing the new information and knowledge to become more meaningful to them.
Furthermore, my goal as an educator is to help prepare and equip my students with the necessary skills needed to succeed in life after high school. It also involves me guiding my students through unique tasks that will help lead them into becoming critical thinkers where they can excel as problem solvers in real life situations. My belief is that math is a subject that is useful in multiple areas of life and if I can develop, create or find problems that requires my students to think abstractly when attempting to solve them I can also help them develop the skills needed to correctly analyze and formulate paths to solve problems. Moreover, through the creative problem I can help them develop skills that are transferable (such as analytic, problem solving, evaluating, etc), which will aid their thinking when faced with real life problems. For example, if I design a lesson on probability that involves student determining the probability of winning the lotto, after they through the principles of determining probabilities find out its probability they are now equipped with that skill. They can use that skill to help them prepare for a competitive job opening that has more than one possible candidate. They, understanding the concept of probability will become more urgent and diligent in preparing for the interview that can lead them to secure the job. This and many other mathematical concepts and principles can help them in solving real life problems.
Incorporating technology in my lessons is one of the way I intend to prep my students for life after school. As the technology age continues to grow and becomes more relevant and needed to succeed in the workplace (as well as used in everyday life activities), I find it necessary to implement its use in and outside of my classroom. Technology allows students to see visuals and/or animations of word problems. For example, a student can use the internet via computer to see a problem in the form of an animation involving angles, lines or any area of geometry that depicts a car traveling a distance making turns along the way. The visual itself is relating to a real life occurrence and it can capture students, intrigue them, or/and engage them into finding the angles, slopes or lines depicted in the video. Moreover, I also plan to use technology for students to gather real life figures and statistics about real world problems that they will be required to analyze mathematically and interpret its meaning. Also i plan to use graphing calculator that presents various opportunities for student to see visuals and assist them in solving complex problems.
My desire for teaching has been prompt and is fueled by my passion for the youth and my love for enlightening/teaching. Working with the youth has been a desire of mine since my youth and I feel that being a teacher is one of the ways I can work with the youth that presents the opportunity to have a positive impact on their lives. Furthermore education is one of the major factors in having a “successful/productive life”. Facts has shown that the higher the level of education the more money one makes and the less likely one is to fall into poverty. Thus, if can design my classroom and lessons in way to enrich them with the tools and skills necessary, and inspire them to pursue higher education I feel I will have fulfilled my purpose.