We also encourage graduate students and postdocs to consult with faculty advisors, mentors, and peers in your discipline about your teaching statement. Those in your discipline can provide specialized feedback that will help you improve your statement’s effectiveness and clarity. I earned a Bachelor of Education degree cum laude from The University of Miami with a specialization in secondary speech and drama and middle school English.
Following the birth of my daughter, for two years, I returned to the classroom as a substitute teacher.
In 1997, I chose another career path when I began to work for The Miami Herald and then South Florida Sun-Sentinel writing many education-based and human interest stories.
Note that a teaching statement is not simply a list of your past teaching experiences or a list of what you can teach at the job you are applying too (these items will find there way into your job market materials through your CV, teaching portfolio, and other documents). “Writing Samples and Teaching Statements”, The Chronicle of Higher Education Dec.
It is also not an article on teaching, or a commentary on the general state of teaching today.
Successful statements are also student-centered–they explain not just what you will do but also what students do in your courses. “Views of the Classroom.” Insider Higher Education.
They are also attuned to the particular challenges associated with teaching in your discipline. Explain how these experiences will influence your approach to teaching a college-level course. The Teaching Center offers teaching philosophy statement workshops each semester for those at Wash U on both the Danforth and Medical campuses. In addition, the Teaching Center also offers the Jump-Start program, a month-long guided peer review opportunity that builds on the material from the initial workshop, while helping to facilitate the drafting and revision of the teaching statement. They also demonstrate a narrative of progress, illustrating the ways that you’ve reflected on past experiences and intend to grow as a teacher in the future. “Writing a Teaching Philosophy for the Academic Job Search.” CRLT Occasional Papers. The best statements provide a clear and specific-to-you opening that guides the essay that follows. “What’s your Philosophy on Teaching, and Does it Matter? As lead teacher, I train, assist, and manage our wonderful group of certified teachers.I love helping my students become better, stronger writers. Growing up in a home of educators in Ohio, I knew from the age of four that I wanted to be an educator.In the essay, you’ll use the first person (“I” pronouns) and stick with the present tense (I do “x” when I teach “y”), whenever possible.You should limit technical jargon that may not be accessible to everyone on the committee, and be sure to define any needed technical terms clearly.They also highlight concrete examples of specific course topics, assignments, assessments, and teaching methodologies that demonstrate how the overarching principles involved in your teaching philosophy are at work in particular contexts. They include representative examples which describe the breadth of your teaching experiences, relying particularly on those experiences which have most informed your practice. “How to Write a Statement of Teaching Philosophy.” The Chronicle of Higher Education.