• Pamela Douglas

EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY

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Learning is in everything . . .

. . . in all senses

. . . in all experiences

The world is the greatest playground for learning . . . like climbing a jungle gym or a tree to get to the top!!


Whether young or old his fascinating playground provides large scopes for acquiring knowledge daily.


Education is the formal structure for acquiring this knowledge. The mind is created to learn and grow with information.


Webster’s dictionary summarizes the definition of education as training by formal instruction in “trade, skill or profession to develop mentally, morally or aesthetically” (Merriam-Webster. (n.d.). educate).


As a Registered Nurse (BSN) with a dual Bachelor’s degree (BA) in Psychology, as well as a newly acquired M.Ed in Advanced Education, I am fascinated with learning about the mind and body, and how they synchronize together.


The brain is unbelievably complicated and every individual is different intellectually, conceptually, emotionally, artistically, and ultimately in personality, and as a result the progression of knowledge comes about differently for all people.


With seventeen years of homeschool experience, ten years of teaching high school English, and six years of tutoring and evaluating dyslexic students, I have recognized that education and learning need to address these differences completely for a person to be entirely successful.


Structured literacy tackles these differences providing a systematic, explicit instruction integrating all of these aspects, and is researched to provide an excellent foundation in education by emphasizing the structure of language (Structured Literacy: Effective Instruction for Students with Dyslexia and Related Reading Difficulties, 2020).


With this researched knowledge,

**my personal philosophy of education focuses on using a multisensory, structured literature approach in teaching, allowing the world’s environment and culture, reflective and critical thinking, as well as individual senses and abilities, to stimulate learning, all together working to link brain pathways for an enhanced understanding and a successful education.


I am passionate about health and literacy, two areas intertwined for knowledge and success.

The essential areas for my teaching strategies are using 3 focused areas:

1. Reflective thinking

2. All learning styles

3. Technology integration

. . . integrated with leading using creative motivation while encouraging achievement.


Using all learning styles to teach provides direction in a transformational process in learning.


Reflective learning is transformational learning. In any teaching process it is foundational to using critical thinking and problem-solving skills to reflect on individual points of view and habits of the mind. Reflection is an internal language used to dig deeper into one’s own understanding of a experience, problem, situation, a topic of study, and ultimately their response to these various aspects.



A learning style is rooted in how a person intellectually and effectively learns. Kolb (2021) states that “learning is defined as ‘the process whereby knowledge is created through the transformation of experience and knowledge results from the combination of grasping and transforming experience,’” (Kolb, 2021. P. 8).


His model of experiential learning from 1984 defines learning styles in a four-part cycle of reflection.

The process of

experiencing,

reflecting,

thinking,

and active

are associated with four different styles of learning, which include, diverging, assimilating, converging, and accommodating.


These learning styles are affected by one’s culture, personality type, and the visual, auditory, and kinesthetic modes of learning.


Kolb’s reflective process begins with a concrete experience, and next having the opportunity to reflect on that experience.


The third step is how that experience and learning is compared and contrasted stood with previous knowledge, and making connections with what is already known.


The last step is moving into active experimentation where the knowledge is formalized from conceptualization. putting what we have learned to the test.


This cycle actively uses all learning styles and although most individuals have a prominent learning style, when all are used together deeper and greater learning is achieved.


This process is an essential teaching strategy and my philosophy for teaching dyslexic students to create the transformative environment.


Using reflective thinking as a foundation for stimulating critical thinking and problem-solving creates deep knowledge and student success.


The world's playground is constantly building knowledge in every aspect of life!


References

1. Kolb, D. A. (2021). Kolb Learning Style Inventory V3.1 (1st ed.). Hay Group.

2. Structured Literacy: Effective Instruction for Students with Dyslexia and Related Reading Difficulties. (2020, July 15). International Dyslexia Association. https://dyslexiaida.org/structured-literacy-effective-instruction-for-students-with-dyslexia-and-related-reading-difficulties/




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