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.