Creating a teaching philosophy statement offers a chance to reflect on your classroom experiences and articulate your beliefs based on your observations.
Teaching philosophies map to educational learning theories such as constructivism, behaviorism, humanism and critical pedagogy. These learning theories provide a framework for understanding, interacting, and making sense of human behavior with regard to learning. They also influence how teachers instruct students.
A strong teaching philosophy statement can help a teacher become more effective by helping to identify what works and what doesn’t while providing a logical framework for adjusting an approach. It also provides a concise description of your professional approach to education to share with students, parents and colleagues.
A teaching philosophy should include the following components:
Let’s explore these elements in depth so you can create your own teaching philosophy statement.
Beliefs about teaching and learning belong in a teaching philosophy statement because they are the foundation of how you approach your work as a teacher. When you teach, it’s important to know what you’d like your student outcomes to be and whether they’re realistic for your students.
Teaching isn’t just about imparting knowledge; it’s about leading and helping students learn how to learn. This means understanding where they’re coming from and what they need moving forward. That knowledge can then guide you in planning and instruction.
A good teaching philosophy will help you stay focused on what’s most important in the classroom: students’ learning experiences.