Teaching Philosophy Outline


3 paragraphs and not more than one page


First Paragraph: state your beliefs to give the readers insight into what your classroom environment may look like if they came to your class (interactive, socratic, peer lead). You may also summarize your teaching responsibilities in this paragraph.

Second paragraph: expand on how to develop your beliefs in class and why the students will, for example, read a primary source paper on ________ and discuss the methodology and results in light of current understanding of concept. This will help develop a deeper understanding of the history and scientific thought process that lead to the current knowledge of _______). The question to ask here is "What do I do and why do I do it?"

Final paragraph: sum up your thoughts on education and the role that you have to play in developing students to be successful in their discipline, career, and life.


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