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Creating a Teaching Philosophy. Kevin M. Johnston, Director MSU Teaching Assistant Programs. “Why do I have to change the way I learn just to fit the way you teach?”. (An undergraduate student in a Modern European History Class. UT-Knoxville, 1996.). Quick Thinking Exercise!.

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creating a teaching philosophy

Creating a Teaching Philosophy

Kevin M. Johnston, Director

MSU Teaching Assistant Programs

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

why do i have to change the way i learn just to fit the way you teach
“Why do I have to change the way I learn just to fit the way you teach?”

(An undergraduate student in a Modern European History Class. UT-Knoxville, 1996.)

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

quick thinking exercise
Quick Thinking Exercise!

In one minute, write as many descriptive terms as you can think of to finish the following statements.

  • A Teacher is a ___________________ .
  • A Student is a ___________________ .

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

creating a teaching philosophy let s get started
Creating a Teaching Philosophy “Let’s Get Started!”
  • Workshop Format
  • Hand Outs, Materials
  • Workshop Goals

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

what is a philosophy
What is a Philosophy?

Inquiry? Search? Pursuit of Wisdom? Contextual Interpretive Means?

  • A System of Motivating Concepts or Principles.
  • A Basic Theory or Viewpoint
  • A System of Values by Which One Lives/Acts

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

how is what you do or how you do it a reflection of who you are as a scholar as a teacher
How is WHAT you do, or HOW you do it, a reflection of WHO you are (As a Scholar? As A Teacher?)?”
  • Teaching is doing…(Or is it…being?)
  • Answering these questions will put you on track to creating a meaningful reflective teaching statement

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

let s get started workshop exercises
“Let’s Get Started!” (Workshop Exercises)
  • Point-by-point Reflection Writing Exercise
  • Sharing Results/Reflections
  • Summarize/Build Justifications for Your Own Ideas

Begin by considering your answers to some basic questions about how you approach teaching.

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

how do you see yourself as a teacher scholar
How Do You See Yourself As A Teacher-Scholar?
  • Create Meaningful Reflective Statements about your Teaching, one step at a time
  • Answer Fundamental Questions when Writing Your Philosophy: What? How? Why? Who?
  • Creating a Written Dialogue with Yourself

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

answer these basic questions to lay the foundations for your teaching philosophy
Answer These Basic Questions To Lay The Foundations for Your Teaching Philosophy
  • “What is good teaching?”
  • “How do my students best learn?”
  • “Why is my teaching approach significant?”
  • “Who am I as a teacher?”

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

philosophies change as you grow professionally
Philosophies Change As You Grow Professionally
  • Teaching Philosophies are Organic
  • What Happens Now?
  • How Can I Use What I’ve Created?
    • In The Classroom?
    • In Job Applications/Interviews?
    • As A Means for Personal Growth?

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

teaching philosophy statements
Teaching Philosophy Statements

Are these as simple as they look?

  • “I believe in creating an atmosphere in which students can learn.”

Steve Yelon

  • “I believe in providing students with skills that they can use to teach themselves.” Kevin M. Johnston

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

partner setup guidelines
Partner Setup Guidelines

Please form your teams according to the following guidelines.

  • Faculty/Graduate Student
  • Faculty <10 Years Teaching Experience/Faculty > 10 Years Teaching Experience
  • All other cases, and especially if there is someone in particular with whom you would like to team up, by all means do so.

Reflection, Evaluation, Action

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