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  • Teaching Philosophy Statement

    Debra Dawson

    Michael Atkinson

    Teaching Support Centre, 2012

  • Definition

    A teaching philosophy statement is a

    systematic and critical rationale that focuses

    on the important components defining

    effective teaching and their impact on

    student learning in the post-secondary

    setting and is sensitive to contextual

    factors.

  • Components of a Teaching

    Philosophy Statement

    Definition of Teaching

    Definition of Learning

    View of Learner and Student Development

    Student/Teacher Relationship

    Teaching Methods

    Impact on Learner

  • What does it do?

    Combines your BELIEFS about

    teaching with your actual PRACTICE

    and helps you set GOALS for the

    future

  • Questions to Consider

    What is my motivation in teaching?

    Under what conditions do I learn and others

    learn?

    What outcomes do I expect from my

    teaching?

    What student-teacher interaction do I strive

    for?

  • Other Questions

    Does your subject matter effect your beliefs

    about teaching and learning? If yes, explain.

    What do you your goals/aims say about you

    as a teacher?

    Why do I select particular

    assignments/experiences for my students ?

  • From my perspective, much of a scientists skill

    lies in his or her ability to ask questions.

    Thought-provoking questions will inevitably lead

    students and, in the same way, scientists, to

    discovery. To that end, I enter into dialogue with

    my students in the classroom and engage them in

    active learning by working through problems,

    both numerical and conceptual, using the

    question-and-answer process.

    Examining a Philosophy Statement

  • Create a list

    When I teach I

    Once you have created the list reflect on

    why you do what you do?

  • Metaphor

    What is your metaphor for teaching?

    Brainstorm characteristics

    Connect to teaching and learning

  • Writing a TPS

    To what end? (objectives)

    By what means? (teaching methods,

    innovative activities, how do you decide to

    include certain resources or content)

    To what degree? ( effectiveness, student

    outcomes)

    Why? ( why is teaching important)

  • Is the TPS .

    Organized into a systematic presentation?

    Contextually realistic and appropriate?

    Synthesis of a personal multi-dimensional

    philosophy?

  • Samples/ References

    http://spencerjardine.blogspot.com/2008/07/

    updated-teaching-philosophy.html

    http://it.coe.uga.edu/~mfitzger/teaching-

    philosophy.html

    http://ghc.edu/library/library/Roush/teachin

    gphilos.html

    http://www.uwo.ca/tsc/resources/selected_t

    eaching_topics/teaching_dossiers/index.htm

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