Educators Need a Teaching Philosophy Statement - Here's How to Get Started

As an educator, what would you want to say about yourself if you were asked to explain your teaching philosophy?

You may be surprised, and perhaps you are included in this category, with the number of educators who either do not have a teaching philosophy or cannot articulate clearly and concisely provide (without the use of clichés or generalizations about teaching) any indicator of their own beliefs about learning or teaching.

Over the past few weeks I have been interviewing faculty for adjunct online teaching positions and many of the candidates I've spoken with have not developed a clearly defined philosophy statement or never thought it was needed. While that does not automatically disqualify them from a teaching position it does not help them provide a true representation of what could be expected if they were teaching a course.

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