articulate, in a scholarly, one page essay, your personal philosophy of education. This essay (1½ to 2 pages in length) should present your personal beliefs about teaching, learning, students, and what the most important issues are in education. This is an opportunity for you to state what you believe to be right and true about current education issues, trends, and educational practices, and how that impacts your role as a teacher or administrator. It is also a reflective piece, providing insights into your constantly developing educational perspective.
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A statement of personal philosophy of education is a reflective piece of writing (a narrative); it summarizes your core beliefs regarding education (core beliefs about the purpose, process, nature, and ideals of education). You statement may include your conception of teaching/learning, and a description of how you teach/why you teach that way. Your personal philosophy of education will also serve as a writing sample to those who will read it (principals, hiring committees, etc.). Therefore, it is important that you statement demonstrates mastery of spelling, grammar, and other conventions of the English language.
What a Philosophy Statement Does:
- demonstrates that you have been reflective/purposeful about your teaching
- communicates your goals as a teacher, as well as actions that you will implement in the classroom
"...present your personal beliefs about teaching, learning, students...."
- (Chism, 1998)
1. Conceptualization of Learning - Ask yourself questions such as: "What happens in a learning situation?" and "What does it mean to learn?" When answering these, think ...
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