Teaching philosophy

  • Reflect on the teaching principles and practices discussed during the course.
  • What did you learn about teaching that you did not know prior to this course?
  • What stood out as important to you over the past 8 weeks?
  • Consider how you might expand, adapt, or change your original philosophy to your current perspective on teaching (or you may feel compelled to take it in a completely new direction).
  • Your revised teaching philosophy should:
    • Have a clear focus or theme.
    • Be authentic and personal.
    • Relay who you are (or aspire to be) as a teacher.
    • Exhibit genuine enthusiasm for teaching.
    • Clearly express your current teaching values and beliefs, and discuss why you hold those values and beliefs (whether or not they have changed).
    • Describe your current teaching goals (whether or not they have changed).
    • Explain the teaching methods or strategies that you believe are best (whether or not they are different from your original philosophy). Note: make sure the teaching methods you find best are consistent with your goals.
    • Incorporate any new ideas and/or practices that encourage a rich teaching and learning experience.