A teaching philosophy is a summary statement in which one reflects on how they teach and why. For this third component of your SLP, you will begin to develop your teaching philosophy by reflecting on and responding to the following:
How do you teach?
Importantly, your discussion of "Why" you teach this way is to draw from your insights toward learning theories, as well as your insights on learning, education, and knowledge - that you gained in the previous two modules.
Remember, there is not necessarily a right or wrong answer to your essay. The primary expectations are as follows:
Your essay is to demonstrate careful and deliberate thought toward this topic / question.
Your essay is to be a personal, in-depth, analysis of this topic. NOT merely an objective "cut-and-dry" response.
Length: 1.5-2 pages (double-spaced, 1 inch margins).
As always, any references used should be properly cited and listed.
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This is a really important topic and it comes up all the time on job applications and interviews. The reason it is critical to understand what style of teaching a person is innately compelled to is because usually it helps to make a good match with a school. For example, if a very conservative school markets a traditional style of education with students in uniforms and desks in a straight line, the teacher is likely expected to lecture, assign text reading and questions to be answered at the end of the chapter. The student is expected to raise the hand and speak only when called on. Another popular trend is teachers working with students and their unique learning needs and styles. Students may move about the classroom doing hands-on stations or independent projects, with the teacher monitoring or available for assistance. Teachers that might swap in both of these settings may run for the door if they are unfamiliar or incapable of the opposing environment.
There is the issue of control that is an ongoing theme almost everywhere. Who has control and who is in control? With the non-graded style of education, the teacher might actually have to work harder than the one that simply masters the content from the textbooks and lectures. The former may be in a multi-age classroom. The ...
Determining the right teaching style for a good student and school match is discussed.