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Philosophy Essay Joanette Anderson
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 My teaching philosophy is a mixture between the ideas of Progressivism and Essentialism.  I believe that student learn best through problem solving and using critical thinking skills; however, students must have basic background knowledge in order to think critically about a subject.  I agree with the Essentialism belief to give students the background knowledge that they will need in order to productive citizens of today's society.  If a person has all of the necessary information to be productive and he or she does not know how to apply it, then the information is not worthwhile. The Progressivism view states that the value to knowledge resides in its ability to solve problems.  Therefore, students must know how to think and how to work through problems. Observing alongside a teacher who teaches mathematics 

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