Aug 19

The Existentialist in You

“The teacher should look for the ‘potentiality and wisdom of the person’ and work for self-directed change on the part of the learner” (Ozmon, 2012, 228). In existentialism, the teacher is the facilitator to guide students to discover and explore learning on their own learning styles and levels. Students learn best by doing and the teacher must guard against showing and directing and allow the students to explore and discover to reach their own understanding. As a pre-k teacher, the learner uses existentialism on a daily basis as she serves as class facilitator in allowing students to discover learning centers and activities. She leads students to discover learning on their own levels with the end result to be that of “fully functioning persons” (Ozmon, 2012, 228). She ultimately desires for her students to be successful in the early years of school to high school and on into adulthood. An existentialist gives her students the freedom to grow and explore on their own.

Ozmon, H. (2012) Philosophical Foundations of Education. Boston: Pearson.


  1. David Phillips

    Did you ever think you would be talking about existentialism? Good for you!

    This sounds like the teacher is to be a Yoda-type person, and if so, I agree.

  2. Brenna Phillips

    Thank you for your comment. These have been interesting studies as we learn about different education philosophies. Existentialism has a Montessori philosophy where teachers are facilitators and guide students to discover material and concepts on their own. A much more relaxed learning environment with less teacher-directed formats.

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