Introduction to the Teaching Professions Philosophy Paper

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					Introduction to the Teaching Professions

Philosophy Paper




       Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez Jr.
        Associate Professor, Secondary and Science Education
   Chair, Department of Curriculum and Instruction
       Writing Sequence
• Write your belief statements
• Write clarifying statements
• Rewrite each belief statement and
  clarifying statement into a
  narrative
• Write your paper by providing an
  introduction and final summary
                  Belief Statements
• Use APA Formating
    – One inch margins
    – 12 point font (Times New Roman)
• Write a belief statement for each of the following:
    –   Students
    –   Learning
    –   Teaching
    –   Family Involvement
    –   Organization
               Belief Statements
• Use APA Formatting
   – One inch margins
   – 12 point font (Times New Roman)
• Write a belief statement for each of the following:
   –   Students
   –   Learning
   –   Teaching
   –   Family Involvement
   –   Organization
                Belief Statements
• I believe that students have an innate desire to learn.
• I believe that learning occurs when an individual can make a
  meaningful and personal connections to what they feel is
  important to learn.
• I believe that teaching is the action of a teacher to allow students
  to create an interest in topics and to develop new ideas.
• I believe that without the support of those around them (family
  involvement), students will have a difficult time learning.
• I believe that most people are not organized because they are
  naturally procrastinators and that they need to use tools to
  overcome this tendency.
          Clarifying Statements

• I believe that students have an innate desire to learn.
   – Students learn from the very beginning of their life, birth.
   – Students have the same basic needs: wanting to be loved and
     accepted, wanting power, wanting to feel safe.
   – Students learn those things that are interesting to them and
     those interests change with time.
   – Students are basically the same in their actions and needs until
     experiences in their lives change how they behave.
                            Narrative
• The human race would not have survived without the innate desire to learn.
  Children, being human, will, with the help of teachers and family, gain the
  ability to look at the world beyond the primal need to survive. Children
  begin learning from birth and continue to learn throughout their lives. For
  example, acceptance is a strong motivator. In the same way we all struggle
  with the natural tendency to gain power over others and the world. Within
  a few weeks after birth, an infant in their crib knows how to get what they
  want. Experiences, parents, and teachers help students understand power
  by giving them ideas of how to gain and use wisely through responsible
  action. The desire to be loved and accepted by family and friends come
  before independence. As children develop, their interests change over time.
  As they work toward their own personal fulfillment, they struggle with
  their behaviors. It is the role of the family to support them as they develop.
  Our actions reflected our basic needs.

				
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