Strategies for preparing a teaching philosophy

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Before you can develop and prepare a teaching philosophy, you need to understand why it is important, what it means to prepare one and what it might look like. Teaching philosophy statements may be written or prepared as audio visual presentations or videos. Even though a philosophy is personal and unique to each teacher, it will contain particular components, depending on the theoretical approach you decide to take.


Case Study: Emilia

Emilia is exploring some resources in preparation for writing her teaching philosophy statement. She found Susan Yager's (2013) video Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement a very useful starting point.

Emilia has also discovered Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement which describes the purpose and some tips on how to do it. The article also contains a list of examples (Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences).

To decide on the components to include in her teaching philosophy, Emilia reads: Guidance on Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement.

Examples of Teaching Philosophies

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Explore the examples of teaching philosophies, and look for:
  1. personal statements,
  2. descriptions about how learning is supported,
  3. teaching preferences and strategies, and
  4. reflection about professional practice.

Examples of teaching philosophies

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Write a Teaching Philosophy
  • Make sure you include your goals for action competency.
  • Post comments or questions to the discussion forum in Moodle.
  • Include your teaching philosophy in your portfolio.