TEACHING PRACTICE

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My Philosophy of

Education 

My philosophy of education is that all students are unique and must have a stimulated learning environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. I strive to create this type of atmosphere where my students can meet their full potential. 

 

In Art as Experience (1934), John Dewey discusses how experiences with art can be separated from ordinary occurrences by an awareness of entirety and union. At the end of each experience, there is a sense of enjoyment and realisation. (Dewey, 1934) Dewey’s views on education include that a student engages and succeeds in their education when they interact with other people, working both individually and alongside other people.  

I believe that there are five essential elements that are conducive to learning. (1) The teacher's role is to act as a guide. (2) To foster free speech and debate in the classroom. (3) Students should be able to have choices and let their curiosity direct their learning. (4) Students need the opportunity to practice new skills and techniques in a safe environment. (5) Variety with teaching methodologies to cater for all learning styles.

“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to demand thinking; learning naturally results” (Dewey, 1934)

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Loreto Balbriggan

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Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan

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