Writing your philosophy of education can be a daunting task plagued by writer’s block and an often unavoidable desire to incorporate clichés. Guiding students through this writing process can also prove to be just as challenging. This product was designed to assist my college students through this writing process during my Introduction to Education course.
This product includes a pre-writing activity that can be completed by students independently or in a teacher-led setting. In the class setting, it is recommended to have students work in small groups based on the grade level which they desire to teach. First, students must revert back to the age of the students they wish to teach to answer a series of questions through their own eyes at that age. Then, the students answer the same questions using their current perspective. These questions are designed to have the writers consider ideas that will be presented in their Philosophy of Education paper while eliciting the feelings of their youth, often the driving force for entering the profession.
Additionally, this product includes some guidelines for writers to consider. . .and not considered. . .before, during, and after the writing process. For teachers, there is also a detailed rubric included to grade these (hopefully wonderful) papers.
I had the pleasure of grading several philosophy of Education papers this semester, and I can tell you that the papers of students who used these activities were far superior to those who did not.
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