My Teaching Philosophy
As educators, I believe it is important that personal beliefs about education be explored. This should be an ongoing and evolving process; however I find the philosophies of progressivism and reconstructionism within my fundamental beliefs about teaching.
My philosophy of education is a student-centered one. I strongly relate to the adage of serving as the "guide on the side", rather than the "sage on the stage", as is the case in teacher centered philosophies. I believe in focusing on individual needs, and involving students in the process of their learning. I am very uncomfortable with the teacher centered philosophy of perennialism, in which multiculturalism and gender issues have no place in the curriculum. It is my belief that individual differences need to be recognized, respected, and even celebrated. Another aspect of teacher-centered philosophies with which I strongly disagree is the perennialist view of education as a "sorting mechanism". I believe that all students have strengths, and that it is the goal of education to assist students in identifying and building upon these. Tracking does not necessarily provide opportunities to do this, and may in fact limit potential in individuals which do not fit the educator's definition of what constitutes the "intellectually gifted".
My personal philosophy of education involves ideas found within progressivism. I agree that students learn best through real-world experiences which are meaningful to them. I believe that while some students may be able to learn from the "Great Books" and established "lists" of what is necessary to be culturally literate, students may not necessarily be able to actually relate to this material. In my own education, I have been able to memorize and regurgitate information in order to earn good grades, however I have not always related to the information, or seen it's relevance to my personal life and interests. In these situations, the information was often "lost" after I performed for a test. This approach to learning was, in my opinion, an effective use of my educational time.
My personal experiences contribute to my philosophy today in that the most meaningful learning takes place when students are motivated and interested. It is my belief that the way to achieve this is by giving students a voice in the learning process, and by assisting them in finding connections in the curriculum with their own life and interests. By allowing students to bring their own stories, experiences, and ideas into the classroom, this provides the students with opportunities to work together, to learn from each other, and respect each others' differences.
My philosophy of education also incorporates ideas of social reconstructionism. Students should be given opportunities to relate their learning and critical thinking skills to social challenges and problems outside of the classroom walls. Not only do students have the potential to make a difference within our society, they can grow as individuals in the process. This approach has the benefits of empowering students and building their self esteem and problem solving skills.
In working with individuals and groups in my current career as a social worker, I have developed a style or methodology which is also similar to constructivism. When facilitating a class or group (or even when working one-on-one with a client), my approach is not to lecture, but to rather allow opportunities for participants to share their own experiences, opinions, and questions. Although I have an "agenda" of information which I intend to communicate, I have found that by creating a non-threatening environment, I am often provided opportunities in which I can connect my own curriculum with the client's existing knowledge and experiences. It is my experience that people are much more receptive, and information is much more meaningful, within this type of environment.
Lastly, I see my philosophy as incorporating aspects of Lee and Marlene Canter's assertive discipline model. While I do not agree with a strict behavior modification program, I do feel that positive reinforcement for appropriate behavior is very appropriate and effective. This can be done in the form of a statement such as "I appreciate the way you got to work on your assignment so quickly". This communicates to students that not just negative behaviors are noticed and given attention. I believe that positive reinforcement can be more effective than a focus on negative consequences for inappropriate behaviors.
I see my own personal philosophy of education as being eclectic. I believe in a student centered approach which incorporates ideas found within progressivism and social reconstructionism. I feel my approach to teaching also involves ideas found within theories of constructivism and behavior modification. My philosophy has been shaped by experiences within my own life, education, and career in working with people. As I enter the profession of education, my philosophy will most likely evolve somewhat as I grow and gain experiences as a teacher in the classroom. However, the foundations of my educational philosophy will continue to guide me in the way which I interact with students and teach within my classroom.
By Dr. Sadiq Al-Nash Leon
Director / Lecturer / Consultant
Nash Systems Technology and Nastech Institute of Information Technology
Nastech is as a leader in Microsoft, Adobe, AutoCad, Linux, Apple Mac and MYOB training and continually educates many people from diverse backgrounds such as sales, marketing, fashion, small business and school teachers right through to many of Ghana's leading companies. Our training courses include the latest cutting edge techniques enabling you to do far more in less time than you ever thought possible. Our trainers are world class with years of experience, they all hold current training qualifications in their area of expertise.
Our aim is to equip you with the necessary skills to enable you to get the job done with ease and control. We have developed our courses in a unique way that allows us to break down somewhat challenging techniques into easy-to-understand topics. You will also have plenty of time to practice what you've learned in class. All our training courses are practical and hands on.
Why Choose Us?
Owed to the birth of Information and Communication Science
Technology (ICST) that show the way to Information Technology
(IT) and introduction to Computer Science and Computing in this
our global village. One cannot leave without the contemplation of the computer. One cannot leave in this part of the world without benefiting from the good work of a computer, as a hobby, helper or as a profession. Going into this, is equal to marrying another wife, I say this because you cannot sit or do anything in a single day without the computer, if you are introduce to it.
But howeve, how does one take choice of what to do to become a computer user or literate?
The two main broad areas are the "computer engineering" aspect commonly term as "hardware" or "computer science" aspect also known as "software". While those who need it as a hobby instead, goes into it as a computer study individuals. They neither fall under Science nor Engineering section but as “awareness individual”. One needs a computer scientist or engineer from a recognized institution like ours to elaborate much on these differences. This is one of the
objectives of this Institute "Nash Systems Technology (NASTECH)"& "Nastech Institute of Technology (NIT)".
There are more of the computer study pupils than the science and engineering pupils among us. Millions of people out there are illiterates as far as computing is concern, hence, cannot make this differences, while those who can do so are not commonly seen. Getting close to this offices will give you insights of what a computer is really about and which and how to make your choice.
Also, due to the higher demand and cost or money obtain by these personals (computer software and hardware technicians) they are whole lot of "chaff'' out there only for cash not the love of the profession, one should be careful not to go into such trap and mistakenly to call himself or herself as an expert.
This center deals with all the three areas of the computing. We under take the following courses as a part time bases or full time base depending on your schedule.
Our new major interest is networking. We train and do professional installation in networking. Some of our keen areas are Broadband Wireless or Wired network such as fiber optic backbone or UTP Cat x.
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There is a big misunderstanding between a carrer person and a professional person. One is said to be a career person in a specific field, when he or she has that field been a hobby but not a profession. Who is a hobby or a profession person. Being a hobby means the job is first to none in your life while in the profession money is first before the work.
Career person does the job before asking how much he will charge or you pay while a professional will ask how much to pay for the job going done do or you have, if it can be use to do the work.
Careers are happpy when the work is done and sad when they fail, hence go through any extend to give you a good and a better services, while professionals always get the money and do unsatisfactory job for the clients, hence money is first to none.
Nastech staffs are careers oreinted and the students are train in that directions. Now answer to your self, will you take a career person for your job or a profesional or do you prefair being a career person or professional?
In the nutshell, careers and professionals are both equally good, but money controls the professional person hence, normally ended up with unsatisfactory jobs and services but career has no risistivity to his job or services.
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