Formal Writing Assignment for ECED 215: Foundations of Early Childhood Education

Instructor: Chin-Hsiu Chen


Goal: to develop a personal teaching philosophy of early childhood education based on research and analysis.


Purpose: If someone asked you to explain your philosophy of teaching young children, what would you say? How would you begin to formulate a statement that captures the essence of your belief about teaching and learning? Teacher candidates are increasingly being asked to articulate their philosophy of teaching. This request is often in conjunction with the submission of a teaching portfolio for seeking teaching positions or dossier for promotion and tenure.

A teaching philosophy is a statement of reflection about what you will do as a teacher. Your beliefs influence your action. It has been recognized by many teachers that the process of identifying a personal teaching philosophy and continuously examining, testifying, and verifying this philosophy can lead to change of teaching behaviors and ultimately enhance professional and personal growth.    


Assignment: For this assignment articulate your teaching philosophy in two phases. (100 points)

  1. Phase I: at the beginning of the semester, you are required to write a 2-3 page paper. In it, consider the following points:

·        Why do you want to become an early childhood education teacher?

·        What type of teaching position do you hope to obtain, and why?

·        What are your strongest characteristics or talents as a potential early childhood educator?

·        What are the factors that influence your decision to pursue this career?


  1. Phase II: toward the end of the semester, you are required to write a 4-5 page paper on your personal teaching philosophy. Use the following questions to help you think about your beliefs regarding teaching young children. It is not necessary to respond to each of these questions in your written philosophy. You may also decide to comment on additional issues as well. Take some time to think about each one in some depth.


·        How do you view young children? What is the child’s role in his/her education? What do you belief about how young children learn?

·        How do you view the role of the teacher? How will your views influence your teaching?

·        What kind of environment do you hope to create in your future classroom? How does this relate to your basic beliefs about young children and learning?

·        What do you hope young children will become? What do you want them to achieve, accomplish, learn, feel, etc.?

·        What kind of feedback will you offer your students as they work? What kind of assessment will you use to be sure that students have met objectives?

·        Looking back at the history of early childhood education, who or what approaches have the greatest impression on you, and why?

·        How are you different now from the time that you wrote the autobiography paper at the beginning of the term?


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