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Your Teaching Philosophy

To help college students understand what a teaching philosophy is and how to create one of their own.
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Sarah Pinkerton

on 7 December 2011

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Transcript of Your Teaching Philosophy

Your Teaching Philosophy What is a Teaching Philosophy? A teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. In addition to general statements, your teaching philosophy should also include examples of how you put your beliefs into practice by including concrete examples of what you do or anticipate doing in the classroom Why do I need one? The Statement is an introduction to your teaching portfolio, thus setting the stage for the reader of that portfolio. Additionally, the teaching philosophy can be a means to professional growth since it requires you to give examples of how you enact your philosophy, thus requiring you to consider the degree to which your teaching is congruent with your beliefs.
How long should it be? Where will my philosophy be? A Teaching Philosophy often appears as part of a
Teaching Portfolio, which has two main uses—
summative and formative—
both of which involve evaluation What is summative and formative evaluation? 1.Summative Evaluation is used to demonstrate the quality of a person's work for hiring and promotion purposes or for purposes of passing a course of study. Summative evaluation judges the outcome of one's work.

2.Formative Evaluation is used as a means of assembling and examining one's work for the purposes of professional improvement. Formative evaluation seeks to identify areas to be improved and to suggest possible ways to make those improvements. What else would be in my portfolio?
Along with your Philosophy of teaching statement, your portfolio MAY include:
-Description of teaching responsibilities including a list of courses, number of students, and level of students (undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral)
-Course syllabi and sample course and assessment materials with reflective annotation/self-evaluation
-Description of course development or teaching improvement efforts
-Copies of papers or presentation on teaching topics
-Videotape of a sample of classroom teaching
-Records of teaching awards and honors Will things by other people be in my portfolio? Yes, some examples might be:
-Student evaluations of teaching summarized with reflective summary
-Student letters and/or thank you notes
-Peer class observation feedback
-Written assessment of course materials
-Graded/commented upon samples of student work with reflective summary
Where do I start my philosophy? by generating ideas!
Teaching philosophies express your values and beliefs about teaching.They are personal statements that introduce you, as a teacher, to your reader. As such, they are written in the first person and convey a confident, professional tone. When writing a teaching philosophy, you should use specific examples to illustrate your points. You should also discuss how your values and beliefs about teaching fit into the context of your discipline
A Philsophy of Teaching Statement should be 1-4 pages in length, although it should cover a lot of ground, a short and concise essay will be well recieved.
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