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 development. 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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