I am looking for a "quiz" or survey that asks questions about one's philosophies about working with children and then at the end tells you which of the traditional philosophies of education most closely matches your own philosophy. It does not need to be complex. I want to use it with staff at our August in-service training to see if we are all on the same page.I've looked online and been unsuccessful. Can anyone help me or tell me what they with new staff or when hiring? I'm not sure that al of our aides would be able to describe their philosophy without taking a quiz of some type.
Excellent idea! When you say philosophies do you mean like Montessori, Vygotsky, Piaget, Froebel or Reggio Emilia? That would be a fun survey to make up. The basic tenets of each, scrambled in a list, choose 5 that align with your thoughts and that's your philosophy (although I'm guessing there could be overlap).You might spend some time talking about each teacher's "Image of the child". Loris Malaguzzi (Reggio Emilia scholar) coined the phrase but I think it is key for any teacher. Ask yourself - are boys and girls very different? (if so, you will treat them very differently), are children naturally happy, social, well behaved, ready to learn? is something wrong with those who aren't? is it your job to "fix" them? is the child's learning dependent on you or are children curious and competent on their own? does learning enhanced by interacting with others? are these others same age/older/younger? does the environment (home, nature, communal) matter? does learning follow a common path and/or time table? etc. Each answer will effect your approach to teaching.
------------------------------Vicki Knauerhase M.Ed.Child Development Specialist (retired)Weston OH------------------------------
Here's the website where that info is located: Love and Logic Classroom(You have to scroll down toward the bottom of the page to find this exercise.)Here is a link to the .pdf file with the list to use with this process:
CREATING YOUR SCHOOL'S CORE BELIEFSYou probably could modify this activity and make a list that is more "instructional approach" based, if you wanted to! You might not use a list like that to form "school-wide core beliefs," but it could be VERY informative in getting to know where everyone lands and where they might need development, which I'm assuming is your goal.Hope this is helpful!!