9:00 - 9:05 - Welcome
  • Notetaker: Brian

Today's Objective:
  • To define five classic philosophies of education and identify classroom applications
  • To begin to consider your own teaching philosophy

9:05 - 9:15 - Teaching philosophy job application
  • http://www.americanprep.org/home/attachments/210_048_12_teaching_philosophy_survey-6.pdf
    • Took the survey above (went over answers)
  • Insights:
    • Answers could be put into two categories: teacher focused and student focused.
    • Most schools have a statement of their philosophy. American Prep's philosophy statement made it very clear that they have an instructive focus.
    • American Prep wants to transmit the American culture as well.
  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tpeLSMKNFO4
    • Would Mr. Keating (teacher in clip above) get hired at American Prep?
      • They learn a process by which to evaluate poetry through the use of graphs and mathematics.
      • The teacher then tells the students to rip out the pages which teach this method and tell the students to internalize and form their own opinions about poems and poetry.
      • Teacher in clip is on the extreme end of the spectrum.

9:15 - 9:50 - Introduction to essentialism, perrenialism, progressivism, social reconstructionism, existentialism
  • Reconstructionism: Use school to change society and make it a better place. Empower kids to make a difference. Focus on problems and injustices.
    • Methods and content could be integrated with school courses.
  • Progressivism: Focus on the children's experience, hands on learning, curriculum growing out of personal experience, home life and the community.
    • Not traditional, outdoors, asking children to figure out what is happening, hands on.
  • Perrenialism: Favors truths, knowledge literature that has "stood the test of time". Classical body of knowledge that everyone should know because it has shaped world culture. Also has traditional methods. Ex: Shakespeare.
    • Classroom setting with a chalkboard, teacher teaching, students listening to whats being taught. Widely accepted knowledge.
  • Essentialism: Common core of knowledge that everyone needs to know. High standards, teacher center, building a solid foundation.
    • American Prep could have some essentialist practices.
  • Existentialism: Focus on individual desires and choices, letting students have a lot of control over their own education.
    • Students are open to making their own interpretations. Creativity is welcomed and encouraged.
  • http://prezi.com/l9tvyryimfpi/?utm_campaign=share&utm_medium=copy
  • sorting activity - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1RJkhae0VZ7pwJYwyih8ISF42GcIxQumSFhpzcrRwWCw/edit?usp=sharing
  • Think about these questions:
    • Have you experienced these philosophies?
    • Do some philosophies resonate more than others?

To Do:
  • "Purposes of Schools" Assessment - due Monday, Oct 14
  • First service learning journal due Oct 18