Educational Philosophy by Thomas E. Love


Many educational philosophies are filled with platitudes that are easily
written down but difficult to accomplish.  Awesome rhetoric should be
used to describe the magnificent endeavor of teaching and
However, I will leave this lofty task to those who are much better at it
than myself.  For me it is more appropriate to convey what I consider
  critical characteristics that make up an effective and efficient teacher.

To use an analogy, teaching and learning, I truly believe, are opposite
faces of the same coin.  Learning cannot be present without teaching as
teaching cannot be present without learning.  We must always consider
the learner as the teacher and the teacher as the learner.  I have always
learned as much, if not more, from my students than they have from me.
Perhaps in preparation for my teaching, I have learned the value of hard
  work and then from personal interaction with them the value of listening.

I truly believe, hard work and tenacity are significant in my pursuit of
knowledge. Learning and teaching have always been hard work for me
as well as always promoted a tenacious attitude in my quest for better
teaching techniques and learning.  If learning is easy for a student or
teaching easy for a teacher, then they have a specific innate ability or
will never understand or value the essence of learning and teaching.

Definitely, organization and study skills are essential to both learner
and teacher.  Educators should incorporate these critical skills into their
gestalt of learning and teaching.  Many times these skills are left out of
learning and teaching since they are considered elementary and not as
important as a curriculum course content.  Without allowing these skills
to permeate throughout learning and teaching of worthwhile curriculum,
then little or nothing will prevail after the current course has concluded.

Traditional approaches in Learning Styles or Multiple Intelligences, also
Effective Teaching Strategies, have been discussed over and over in the
K-16 educational environment.  The topic of Authentic Assessment when
integrated with Traditional Assessment has maintained a strong following
in the education community.  Concept Maps or Spatial Webbing have had
 a large influence in both learning and assessment.  Integrating all of these
  attributes into my teaching and learning is a priority of my professional life.

Finally, we should take time to reflect and revise educational philosophies or
list of characteristics which assist us in being effective and efficient teachers.
Pragmatism and relevance should always be the benchmarks for our continual
reflection or revision, I use them as my standards for any course curriculum.


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