They also highlight concrete examples of specific course topics, assignments, assessments, and teaching methodologies that demonstrate how the overarching principles involved in your teaching philosophy are at work in particular contexts. They include representative examples which describe the breadth of your teaching experiences, relying particularly on those experiences which have most informed your practice. “How to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy.” The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Explain how these experiences will influence your approach to teaching a college-level course.
The Teaching Center offers teaching philosophy statement workshops each semester for those at Wash U on both the Danforth and Medical campuses. In addition, the Teaching Center also offers the Jump-Start program, a month-long guided peer review opportunity that builds on the material from the initial workshop, while helping to facilitate the drafting and revision of the teaching statement.
After graduating with a degree in education and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum, I began my diverse teaching career in Arizona.
During my time as an educator, I have taught a variety of subjects to a wide array of learners, ranging from preschoolers to adult educators.
Successful statements are also student-centered–they explain not just what you will do but also what students do in your courses. “Views of the Classroom.” Insider Higher Education.
They are also attuned to the particular challenges associated with teaching in your discipline.
We also encourage graduate students and postdocs to consult with faculty advisors, mentors, and peers in your discipline about your teaching statement.
Those in your discipline can provide specialized feedback that will help you improve your statement’s effectiveness and clarity.
Choose teaching experiences which showcase most clearly your teaching philosophy.
If you haven’t had many opportunities for formal instruction, draw on your years of experience as a student and the informal teaching situations that you’ve be a part of: mentoring, leading study groups, community service, tutoring, etc.