Clarifying your personal teaching philosophy
Each teacher has their own personal teaching philosophy. There is a growing recognition of the
value of teachers expressing their personal teaching philosophies- so called ‘teaching philosophy
statements’. In a number of countries these are submitted as part of the
job application process, and are treated as a valuable part of professional
Such statements are an expression of, “one’s conception of teaching,
including the rationale for one’s teaching methods. It is seen as a place to
voice holistic views of the teaching process, including one’s thoughts about
the definitions and interaction between learning and teaching, perceptions of
the teacher’s and student’s roles, and the goals and values of education.”
If you are interested in finding out more about teaching philosophy
statements try reading this and this.
Base your philosophy on evidence
Much of my philosophy of teaching is embodied on these pages- and the key message is that ‘what
teachers do matters’. There is a huge body of evidence out there that can guide practice- and
enhance the achievement and the life chances of the learners that we are responsible for.
To quote Hattie (2009) once more:
“In many classrooms and schools, there is evidence of low effect sizes, reliance
on poor methods and strategies, a dependence on ‘war stories’ and anecdotes,
and an agreement to tolerate different and sometimes poor teachers”.
The young lives in our care deserve more- just as we did in our period as learners in classrooms.
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So... examine the evidence
So... adopt evidence-based methods
So... enhance learning