Monday, February 10, 2014

Creating an Educational Philosophy - Free Printables

What is an educational philosophy?
An educational philosophy is used by educators as a guide for how he or she will educate students and gives a functional map of what he or she believe education ought to be.  Some of the things that an educational philosophy statement should touch on are:
  • Your educational approach/ method/ style (classical, contemplative, humanistic, Montessori, high/scope, un-schooling, and so on)
  • Your role as an educator in the classroom and in the community
  • How to intend to reach all of your students
  • How you believe students learn best
  • Your goals for your students

Why do I need one?
Educational philosophy statements can be used for a lot of different reasons.  If you are a professional educator, having a statement is not only a good addition to your portfolio, but it is also a great guide in the interviewing process.  They are great posters that can be hung allowing parents to know what they might expect from you.

 If you are a homeschooling parent, creating an educational philosophy statement is a great way to consider, formulate, and to remind yourself what you believe about education.  It can help you remember why you teach the way that you do or why you need to change what you are currently doing.  It serves as a working guide. 

By default, we all have an educational philosophy of sorts.  We each have ideas that shape what and how we feel about education and teaching/ learning methods, however putting it down on paper is an important step in being a great educator.

How do I make one?
Making an educational philosophy statement starts with brainstorming.  Get a piece of paper and start with "I believe" statements and let your creative juices flow.  Once you get some good ideas down, then you can start working on your statement.  It is best to keep your statement fitting onto one sheet of paper and large enough to read while hung on the wall.  If you need more help in getting started, here is a great link.  

Here are some printouts that you are free to use.  Click on the link below the image to download the PDF for free.  Be sure to subscribe by email to get upcoming free printables!  (The large watermark is not on the PDF).

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