My philosophy of education is based on my belief that education should be well-rounded, and should encourage each student to strive to reach their highest personal potential.Philosophy of Education:
My philosophy of education is based on my belief that education should be well-rounded, and should encourage each student to strive to reach their highest personal potential. In learning about their personal potential, the student also gains knowledge about the amount of effort they will need to apply to reach that potential. This amount of effort varies for each student, as some students can move to the highest level of learning (evaluation) after only one exposure to a concept, while other students require as many as twenty-four exposures to reach that same level of learning. As a teacher moves a student through the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy (Knowledge -> Comprehension -> Application -> Analysis -> Synthesis -> Evaluation), the student will discover that they have the ability to learn the information, if they are willing to do the work that they as individuals need to do in order to master the concept. I believe that all students can master all concepts when they are given the opportunity, exposure, and expectation of success that they need as an individual learner. Students are usually capable of achieving much more than they think they are. By showing students what they are capable of, we can help them to be more prepared to enter the working world with high expectations of themselves and a sense of personal responsibility for their destiny. With this in mind, I believe grading should be a reflection of both what a student has mastered as well as the effort the student has put into the acquisition of that knowledge. By scaffolding, offering a diverse amount of exposures or opportunities to reinforce student learning, and by holding an expectation for excellence from every student, teachers can instill an educational confidence and a love of learning in their students that will help them to be successful in all aspects of their lives.
The following list details specific types of student assessments that are represented in each of the marking period grades for my class:
Marking period grades are calculated using the following weightings for each of the specific types of assessments. I have also included the mathematical formula that I use in grade calculations:
Calculation: (Test/Project Grades x .45) + (Lab Grades x .3) + (Quiz Grades x .25) = Total marking period grade