Developing a Teaching Philosophy Statement

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Published on International Journal of Social, Politics & Humanities
Publication Date: April 13, 2019

Umar Lawal Aliyu
Faculty of Management, Department of Business Administration
LIGS University Hawaii, USA

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A typical practice for instructors is to build up a showing logic which causes them become intelligent specialists all through time on different educating and learning methodologies. A teaching philosophy statement is a narrative that includes; your conception of teaching and learning, a description of how you teach and justification for why you teach that way. In other words, your teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. It is a one to two page narrative conveys your core ideas about being an effective teacher in the context of your discipline. The thrust of the paper is to critically analyse what is a teaching philosophy? Why have a teaching philosophy? Who is involved? What should be included in a teaching philosophy statement? In addition, what is the process of creating a teaching philosophy? This data will help starting and progressively experienced instructors as they change and build up their very own showing methods of insight after some time, a formative procedure concentrated on the upgrade for understudy learning.

Keywords: Education, Learning, School, Student, Teaching Philosophy.

The purpose of a Teaching Philosophy Statement is in recent times, in Universities and educational settings; you generally need a teaching statement to apply for an academic position. A teaching statement:
 conveys your teaching values, beliefs, and goals to a broader audience
 provides a set of criteria and/or standards to judge the quality of your teaching
 provides evidence of your teaching effectiveness
What essentially makes Teaching Philosophy Statement, the purpose, process and who is involved in it is presented in this paper with the goal that new and experienced instructors can create and transform their teaching with a view of transmitting their principle, axiom and dogma and inculcating it on others.

2.1 What Is A Teaching Philosophy
A teaching philosophy statement discusses the educator’s identity of how he or she educates others. Your teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. A one to two page narrative conveys your core ideas about being an effective teacher in the context of your discipline. In addition, a teaching philosophy is a narrative essay, which reflects an individual’s beliefs and values about teaching and learning, often including concrete examples of the ways in which that individual enacts those beliefs. Although they are a recent innovation, most faculties are familiar with teaching philosophy statements.
Many have prepared them for job interviews, for promotion and tenure dossiers, for teaching awards, or for personal benefit. A philosophy derives from reflections on experiences, thus forming specific core beliefs related to teaching and learning (Concordia University, 2012; Walcott, 1966). Teaching philosophy not only makes you notice your ability, strength and capabilities but also makes you have a sense of direction in achieving your fundamental goals and objectives. Preparing a teaching philosophy statement can effectively promote the on-going growth and development of teachers because it tends to always remind the educator of his task, belief and values in his goals to strive and conquer his beliefs about teaching and learning.
The importance of education cannot be neglected by any nation. In addition, in today’s world, the role of education has become even more vital. It is an absolute necessity for economic and social development of any nation and this can be achieved better the more with improvement of teaching and learning which will create the conditions that will, in turn, create growth and development to stakeholders. This is why Teaching philosophy provides an explanation as to why improvement of teaching and learning philosophy is of high priority for developing more thought-provoking and reflective practitioners, which is critical for becoming better educators as it provides a means for comparing actual teaching to beliefs and values.
The job of a teacher is never done this is why the Teaching philosophy statement often makes their implicit views on teaching and student learning explicit as they display what, why, and how they teach. In addition, that is why it is important that an educator have a “teaching philosophy statement” that will help them stay focused on the good, great, hard and challenging days; this important statement is a reflection of the writer.

2.2 Why have a teaching philosophy
Teachers who perform with a purpose will find themselves more focused, rejuvenated and excited. Through the various highs and lows, a teaching philosophy or “mission statement” helps an educator stay true to one’s core beliefs. A fully rationalized philosophy of teaching and learning rooted in psychology and sociology is essential for competent decision-making in the classroom. “James Schnitz, former Professor, Ed Tech Exec, University Admin”.
In fact, a teaching philosophy is useful to have because it gives you a framework to decide how you will teach. It helps guide the teaching system you will use regularly. Nowadays, the method of education is student centred and not teacher cantered. Students learn from their teachers, acquire their beliefs and learn what is right from wrong.
A teacher cannot just teach to teach, he/she needs to have a philosophy to follow; a higher absolute belief in which the teaching will be done. Some teachers like to give examples from real life in order to help the students understand the big picture while others do not. That is why the teacher needs to know what they are doing. Their method will be clear and so will their approach to certain subjects. That way the students will feel more in tune with the lectures and more open minded to such ideas. “Rita Farah”.

2.3 Who is involved In Teaching Philosophy
A teaching Philosophy cuts or integrates in between the way you teach, what you want to impart on your students and what knowledge/skills do you want them to develop. Thus, teachers who perform with a purpose will find themselves more focused, rejuvenated and excited.
Every good teachers mission to motivate, inspire, encourage, and support students by providing a safe, secure and loving environment to educate them socially, emotionally, and cognitively so they can continue to build a foundation for life-long learning. Hence, a teaching philosophy or “mission statement” helps an educator stay true to one’s core beliefs. Therefore, an educator and students are directly involved in teaching philosophy so also an educators teaching philosophy may also impact other educators, individuals and mentees.

2.4 What Should Be Included in a Teaching Philosophy Statement or What is the Process of Creating a Teaching Philosophy
In your concept of teaching must include what are your values, beliefs, and aspirations as a teacher? Do you wish to encourage mastery, competency, transformational learning, lifelong learning, general transference of skills, critical thinking? At the very least, statements should address foundational questions like why do you teach? What do you teach? How do you teach? How do you measure your own effectiveness? Additionally, these four tips can help boost a statement even further; Include your core beliefs of how education works best (do not be tempted to follow the latest educational fads), Avoid teacher jargon. Make your own voice come alive in your statement, Highlight your own personal strengths, show how they play into your success as an educator, and finally be honest.
Your reasons for writing a teaching philosophy may vary. You might be writing it as an exercise in concisely documenting your beliefs so that you can easily articulate them to your students, peers, or a search committee. A teaching philosophy is not a review of one’s vita of what courses have been taught, but rather how the educator teaches and the theories, values, and beliefs behind those strategies.
Through the various highs and lows, a teaching philosophy or “mission statement” helps an educator stay true to one’s core beliefs.

Your teaching philosophy should reflect your personal values and beliefs about teaching. Teaching philosophy a self-reflective statement describes both what you believe and provides concrete examples of what you do in the classroom to support those beliefs. People write teaching philosophy because of many reasons and purpose and in whichever way it must reflect his/her personal experiences, and how they measure against his or her views, values, and beliefs about what it means to teach and learn. Most teaching philosophy statements are 1-4 pages long, and cover three core areas (objectives, methods, evaluation). They tend to be discipline specific and will have nuances that reflect that. A teaching philosophy is also a document in progress and it should change and evolve as your teaching experiences build. A teaching philosophy sums up one’s core values and how one will teach and in addition it can boost your ego on your confidence can be used in making decisions about the kind of school one selects to teach in.
Rationality gives guidance amid the intense occasions, when one starts to question what the person is doing or why, and it shields the instructor from getting to be subjugated by outer requests, weights, and perspectives that may decrease his or her organization or debase who the individual is as an educator.
Finally, think of your teaching philosophy as a work in progress over the course of your career.