Become a teacher • 2 Min read

19th November 2019

What is a statement of teaching philosophy?

You will sometimes be asked to provide a ‘statement of teaching philosophy’ when applying for an academic position. The purpose of this statement is to convey your teaching values, beliefs and goals to your interviewers, and provide evidence of your teaching effectiveness.

What is a statement of teaching philosophy?

A statement of teaching philosophy will lay out your educational purpose and learning goals for students, and your methods for teaching and assessing students’ learning. It’s an opportunity for you to communicate your ideas and values in teaching, a description of how you teach, and justification for using the methods and approaches that you’ve described.

What does a statement of teaching philosophy include?

  • A list of courses you have taught
  • Samples of the course syllabus you have taught
  • Teaching evaluations
  • Letters of recommendation
  • A video of a class you have taught

How should I write a statement of teaching philosophy?

There is no set format or required content, although this is one of the reasons why writing one can be so difficult. Here are some tips:

  • Generally your statement should be one or two pages long
  • Use present tense and the first person
  • Write with the audience in mind, and avoid filling your statement with jargon
  • Include your teaching strategies and methods to help people “see” you in the classroom
  • Make it memorable and unique – what sets you apart?

Answer these questions to get you started:

  • What is the purpose of education?
  • Why do you want to teach your subject?
  • How do students learn?
  • What are your goals?
  • What are the most effective methods for teaching?
  • What is most important about teaching to you?

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