Creating an effective teaching philosophy statement January 19, 2013 Julie Lepine
Outline • The WHAT, WHO, and WHYs of teaching philosophies • Five components of a teaching philosophy • Guidelines for developing a teaching philosophy • Tips and resources
What is a teaching philosophy? • A self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning • Written in first-person, narrative style • 1-2 pages, single spaced
Who asks for a statement of teaching philosophy? “…those who are truly interested in teaching will submit a statement of teaching philosophy without being asked to do so; therefore, we never asked for this specifically.” Meizlish, D. & Kaplan, M. Valuing and evaluating teaching in academic hiring: A multidisciplinary, cross-Institutional study. The Journal of Higher Education, 79 (5), 489-512.
Components of a successful teaching philosophy • Conceptualization of learning • Metaphor • Describe a learning episode “The only thing that interferes with my learning is my education”. ~ Albert Einstein
Components of a successful teaching philosophy continued • Conceptualization of teaching • Facilitate? • Role? • Atmosphere? “80% of success is showing up”. ~ Woody Allen
Components of a successful teaching philosophy continued • Goals for students • Course content and other skills • Beyond your classroom A successful student should …
Components of a successful teaching philosophy continued • Implementation of the philosophy • Translation of concepts & goals • HOW Did you know that Newton was reported to lecture with his back to students?!?!
Components of a successful teaching philosophy continued • Personal growth plan • How have you grown? • What are your goals? “Teachers are born not made”.
What do you think? • Complete the following sentences: The most important factor in the student-teacher relationship is __________. Learning occurs best when __________. I would like my students to learn __________ or be able to __________ when they leave the classroom.
The formula • A general principle • An explanation • A resolution
In closing, here are some tips • Use discipline specific vocabulary, but don’t use overly technical jargon.
Tips continued • Know your audience • Don’t say “I…, I…, I…, …” • Ideas for future growth • Implement classroom technology • More hands-on learning • VARK • Continually improving lessons
Resources (see handout #2) • Step-by-step guide from University of Guelph • http://www.uoguelph.ca/tss/id/ta/tapdfs/A%20Workshop%20on%20Developing%20a%20Statement%20of%20Teaching%20Philosophy.pdf • Sample philosophies from University of Saskatchewan • http://www.usask.ca/gmcte/resources/portfolio/samples • Other various resources