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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Amy Donley
College of Sciences Amy  Donley In any class I teach, I believe that it is essential to engage students and facilitate their ability to be active learners. To accomplish this I use an interactive teaching approach relying on the use of several different teaching methods, as I believe education only occurs when students are thoroughly inv...

Lindsay Neuberger
College of Sciences Lindsay   Neuberger As an instructor I use four specific pedagogical techniques to encourage an engaged environment: 1) remain organized, 2) develop examples connecting course content to salient student situations, 3) align course concepts with employment opportunities, and 4) be available to students. Organization may seem like ...

Ernest Smith
College of Arts and Sciences Ernest  Smith When I began my full-time teaching career, the first text I taught was from Paulo Freire's Pedagogy of the Oppressed, where the Brazilian educator contrasts "problem-posing education" and "the banking concept of education." According to Freire, the key to education is dialogic learning, rather than the one direct...