Teaching Portfolios

Writing Your Teaching Philosophy

Picture yourself at a celebration honoring you for your teaching experience. What would you want your former students to be able to genuinely say about you as a teacher?

Writing your teaching philosophy is less about explaining the activities you use in your classroom and more about explaining why you use the activities, resources, and strategies you choose.

Questions to Help You Get Started

Articulating Beliefs

  • What is learning?
  • How do I know learning has occurred?
  • What is my role in learning and what is the role of my students?
  • Who are my models for good teaching and why?
  • What are my goals for student learning and what strengths do I possess for helping students to achieve those goals?
  • Why do I select particular assignments for my students and not others?
  • What goals do I have for becoming a better teacher and why are they important to me?

Identifying Strengths and Talent

  • What major claims would I make about my teaching?
  • When students give feedback about my teaching, what strengths do they identify most often?

Just Start Writing

A teaching philosophy will evolve - don’t worry about making it perfect. Get something on paper to start with and then refine your written philosophy when you review it annually. Don’t throw your first draft away - it is fun to read the various versions over time and is way to evidence your professional development as a teacher.

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