How many of you keep your teaching philosophies on your studio website or printed in your teaching and studio materials?
Most University education classes require students to write their teaching philosophies.
Have you been updating it regularly?
For those of you who didn't write one during your University days, have you considered writing one?
Here are some reasons to encourage you why it is necessary that you should write one and if you are still using the one you wrote in University, why you should consider updating it regularly.
First and foremost, what is a Teaching Philosophy?
Teaching Philosophies are about your views on teaching and learning. They are about your goals as a teacher, your methods of teaching styles, your relationship with your students, and about the kind of learning environment that you are providing for your students etc.
Writing your teaching philosophies on paper allows you to reflect upon your goals as a teacher, and improve your teaching methods for reaching those goal at a practical and achievable level. It also allows you to refocus and adjust your methods of teaching to align with these goals.
Why should I update my Teaching Philosophies regularly?
As a Rule of thumb, keep your Teaching Philosophy simple. It does not have to be lengthy.
Here are some ideas to get your started and help you to think about your teaching goals and values.
These are some ideas to get you started. I encourage all teachers to have a Teaching Philosophy which is updated regularly. Enjoy the writing process.