Your teaching philosophy statement should be a personal reflection of how you view the teaching process. This can be a formal essay or an informal reflection of your experiences as a student or a teacher.
Your statement can focus on some of these questions.
Beliefs about learning
- How do you define effective learning or teaching?
- What do you think are the best ways to teach?
- Why do you have these beliefs?
- What are the most important parts of your discipline to convey to students? How does your teaching philosophy tie into this?
This is considered one of the most important parts of the portfolio because it gives you a chance to reflect on why you may select certain teaching strategies. You may want to write a draft early in the process but revise it later if you change your perspective.