5. What do I believe is the purpose of education?

teacher self-assessmentThis is a personal question for you to answer as you do your teacher self-assessment. The long-held view of the purpose of education is to teach a student to read, write and think. But as you look back, you may find that you had a more philosophical viewpoint — to teach creativity, critical thinking, and create understanding. Or maybe you were more practical and wanted to teach your students to attain their personal and career goals. Once this part of your teacher self-assessment is complete, use your belief in the purpose of education to guide your teaching. Keep it at the forefront of all of your lesson planning, classroom activities, and extra-curricular interests. Revisit this question after attending professional development sessions, teacher conferences, or when considering a change in profession to analyze new information and determine whether your view has changed.