Advice for Getting Started
“Just because you have never written a statement of your teaching philosophy does not
mean you do not have a philosophy. If you engage a group of learners who are
your responsibility, then your behavior in designing their learning environment
must follow from your philosophical orientation…. What you need to
do is discover what [your philosophy] is and then make it explicit. (Coppola, 2000, p. 1)”
Some general guidelines for writing the teaching philosophy
(adapted from Chism, 1998):
• Keep it brief (1–2 pages).
• Use a narrative, first person approach.
• Make it reflective and personal.
• Discuss your goals for your students, the methods you
use to achieve those goals, and the assessments you use to find out if students
have met your expectations.
• Explain your specific disciplinary context and use
specific examples of your practice.
• Showcase your strengths and accomplishments