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Worldview Essay

900 words - 4 pages

Educational Philosophy

There are many problems that all teachers face in their classrooms daily whether they are new teachers or teachers with years of experience. It seems that educators should teach the lesson and then test them whether the children have learned the material or not. As Jiddu Krishnamurti once said, “Merely to stuff the child with a lot of information, making him pass examinations, is the most unintelligent form of education.” One that troubles teachers commonly is finding the right combination of techniques to effectively encourage students learning and participation in the classroom without simply throwing them information and expecting them to do wonderful on a ...view middle of the document...

If the History class can relate situations that they deem important in their lives to the content they are learning they will be more likely to be involved and interested in the subject than just hearing a lecture on the subject. One important way of relating the subject to the student’s lives is by teacher-guided discussions that challenge the students to make the connection themselves.
The best way for a student to truly understand the material they are attempting to learn is by allowing the students the opportunity to solve the problems they are presented with in the history class through careful examination and relevant experiences. Progressivism suggests that allowing students to focus on individual development while learning the basic content is key to developing a well-rounded student that not only has an intellectual side but also an emotional, social, and moral education as well. For a teacher to go beyond the basic lectures to grab their attention and guide the history class to discover how the material can relate to their life is a key factor if following the progressivism philosophy. Also allowing the students to discover how they can relate the content they are presented with in their history class will promote progressivism in the classroom and encourage problem-solving in all areas of the student’s lives. In the American history class instead of the students saying “Why do you have to learn this stuff?” they will be able to see first had why the subject content if the teacher has done an adequate job relating the content to their lives. Although this technique of self-discovery in a classroom is critical, another critical factor in education is making certain...

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