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 Start with your teaching or professional philosophy.  These resources will help.


  • A teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. In addition to general comments, your teaching philosophy should discuss how you put your beliefs into practice by including concrete examples of what you do or anticipate doing in the classroom.

  • The Teaching Philosophy/Teaching Statement
    The teaching philosophy (or teaching statement) is becoming a more common part of academic life for both faculty and graduate students. Graduate students report that colleges and universities often request statements from applicants for faculty positions. Faculty at an increasing number of institutions must develop a teaching statement as they approach tenure and promotion. Instructors at all levels find that writing their statement helps them develop as teachers, since it entails making their implicit views on teaching and student learning explicit and comparing those views to actual teaching practice.
    -Center for Research on Learning and Teaching
  • Your philosophy of teaching statement should reflect your personal values and the needs of your students and your department. At the least, you will want to address four primary questions, usually in this order

-To what end?
-By what means?

-To what Degree?


more ... Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement, by Lee Haugen, Iowa State University


Why do you teach?  Other questions to ask yourself.  See the following


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