Creating a Teaching Philosophy

Having a personal educational philosophy is important because it acts as a road map for your teaching. A road map shows you how to get to where you want to go, it is something that can be changed and is flexible depending on the direction you choose and what your destination is. Without a guide, a road map, a strong educational philosophy you are bound to get lost, lose your way, and end up where you did not want to be. To create an educational philosophy you need to do the following:
  1. Identify your own beliefs – what is the purpose of schooling? Is my role as a teacher to pass knowledge onto students or should I guide students as they learn on their own? How do student’s best learn? Is motivating students part of my job, or should motivation come from within students? (I strongly believe a teacher should be one of the child’s biggest fans!)
  2. Examine these beliefs to ensure they are consistent.
  3. Create your philosophy into a statement. (Kauchak, 2014, p168-169).
Kauchak, D., & Eggen, P. (2014). Educational Philosophy and Your Teaching In Introduction to Teaching: Becoming a Professional (5th ed., pp. 168-169). Upper Saddle River, N.J.:PH/Merrill/Pearson

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