Develop a personal teaching philosophy

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You will be guided to develop and write a personal teaching philosophy in this topic. A case study with Emilia will assist with this.

Your teaching philosophy is personal to you. If you are to develop one, you need an understanding of how your students learn and your teaching preferences as well as an awareness of your professional beliefs, assumptions and values. Reflection about your practice is an important place to start when developing a teaching philosophy.


Case Study: Emilia

Emilia begins thinking about her teaching philosophy, so she uses these questions as a starting point, writing her responses down in a teaching philosophy development template she has prepared. She will use this as the basis for preparing her final philosophy.


(Adapted from an article by the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching at Ohio State University (2009), and are based on Nancy Chism's (1998) work.)


  • Chism, N.(1998). Developing a philosophy of teaching statement. Essays on Teaching Excellence, 9'(3), 1-2. Professional and Organizational Development Network in Higher Education.