Teaching Philosophies

A statement that demonstrates how I teach is a difficult thing to draft. I want it to be clear, precise, showing (and not telling), meaningful, and, above all, accurate. Is this possible?

For me, the most difficult part is ensuring that I teach how I say that I teach. That is, students who might read my teaching statement would see no incongruities.  For this reason, I intend to make my teaching philosophy public, at any institution where I teach. In this way, I do the students and myself a huge favor. The students can see if my teaching matches with the ways they want to encounter the subject and, if they don’t match up, select a different instructor (if they have that option, of course). For me, the transparency would force me to revisit the statement regularly, making certain that the classroom I describe is the same one I enter and create every day.

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2 Responses to Teaching Philosophies

  1. Homero says:

    Great reflexion. I think I also want to make my teaching philosophy a public document. Doing it the best way possible seems to be a huge challenge right now but look on the positive side: once you have it done you will have something to work on as you evolve as an educator, and also, putting some time on it right now may save you time when you are in the job market preparing application documents.

  2. Miko says:

    The issue of consistency is huge for me. And I believe is a major disappointment for students, colleagues, and departments to see that a wonderful teaching statement is not consistent at all with the teacher. So, I see why writing these statements can be super challenging. It is not a matter of writing something marketable and catchy, but that is aligned with our practices as teachers. We are looking forward to reading your statement!

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