Chad Haefling
Professor Tim Florian

    What experiences did you have as a student that you now understand were rooted in historical education philosophies?   One thing that I remember from my school years, is the amount of lectures and organization.   I now know that this would be called essentialism, and thought up by William G. Counts.   He believed that for students to learn and be able to prepare for the world outside of the school, they needed a certain amount of organization and discipline inside the classroom.   He believed that the teacher needed to show authority to the students, so they would know what was expected of them, and would basically know who was the boss.   Another thing that I remember was the amount of hands on I received in my school curriculum.   Whether it was science class, music class, or computer lab, I always received a hands on education.   This I now know that this incorporation of an idea was thought up by John Dewey.   He believed that students remember what they do.   He believed that a teacher could stand in the front of a classroom and show a class how to do an experiment, but if you were to place the materials in the student’s hands and have them do it, they would remember more about the process of completing the experiment.   This is one thing I am very thankful for in my education, throughout my education I have always had a lot of hands on, which in return has helped me understand and retain more of what I am learning.
    What are the primary characteristics of the teaching profession?   Explain how they have been impacted by the evolution of educational philosophy?   The following are the primary characteristics of the teaching profession: Clear objectives-good teachers are well organized and have clear ideas about their daily teaching plans, assignments, and grading policies.   Second, command over subject-those seeking excellence in teaching continue to gain additional knowledge of their subjects and...