STATEMENT OF TEACHING PHILOSOPHY What is teaching and learning to me? What do I believe about teaching and learning?

How does learning take place? What goals for the students? What goals for myself? What kinds of learning helps the students achieve goals? How do I help the students achieve their goals? Technology available? Self assessment or peer assessment? What have I learned since I started teaching? What do I still need to learn? Profound impacts? 1-2 pages first person personal narrative evidence of beliefs experience/practice strengths future growth Title Quote (maybe) Thesis Paragraph (1-3 sentences) Evidence and Examples Summary Why do you teach? What do you teach? Subjects, objectives, what do the students gain How to do you teach? Strategies, technology, Discussions, learning styles How do you measure effectiveness? Past present future

Progressed in their ability to analyze a situation and make a decision. To develop analyzers, not only mathematicians or “math lovers” one individual at a time. Work toward their goals in hopes of a better future. Develop patience and persistence Passion, Purpose Pleasant experience - lead by example, my enthusiasm and my love of the subject might not lead to their passion, but I hope to give them the opportunity to find a subject they love as passionately. Cooperative learning - work with friends. Make friends. Aldous Huxley The great end of life is not knowledge but action.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. William Butler Yeats Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants. John W. Gardner Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age? Erich Fromm

1. Write a letter addressed to someone outside of academia on the joys and challenges of teaching. 2. Make a list of the qualities of an effective teacher. 3. “Free-write” on a memorable experience in the classroom that you experienced or observed. Consider what went well, what you might do differently, and why. 4. Develop your “dream course.” ● What would be your topic? ● What would you want to achieve in terms of helping students learn? ● How would you try to achieve those objectives? ● How would your research interests inform your approach? 5. Begin with concrete details. ● What sets you apart as a teacher? ● How would an observer describe your teaching? ● What are the specific skills and knowledge that students should gain in the classroom? ● What should happen in the classroom? Why? ● What are the teaching methods that you consider most effective? Why?

Everybody cares about the students, wants to challenge them, runs a studentcentered classroom, relies on a mixture of lecture and discussion or other techniques, puts students first, is available to students outside the classroom, loves teaching, has learned a lot from students, integrates research and teaching, and so on and so on. Begin with the end. In what way is that student different from the one who entered your classroom on the first day of the semester? What has the student learned over the course of the past three months? Skills and or knowledge Major classes vs. non-major classes Story about objectives playing out in the classroom Cite your sources. experience, books, mentors, students

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