Guidelines

When you first began your coursework, you began to formulate your philosophy of teaching and learning. Your philosophy of teaching provides insight into your beliefs that guide your actions as a teacher. For this domain, reflect on your initial philosophy of teaching and learning and revise it based on your coursework and your field experiences, including the practica and your student teaching. A philosophy of teaching and learning may address the following elements:
  • What are your most important roles as a teacher and how do those roles fit within the goal(s) of education?
  • What impact does your content knowledge have on the success of your students? What instructional methods are most appropriate for the students and subject(s) you teach?
  • What kinds of learning environments do you create as a teacher?
  • How do you determine your effectiveness as a teacher?

Your philosophy of teaching and learning should address how your philosophy evolved from the beginning of your professional preparation to now.

Follow the guidelines provided in writing your revised philosophy:

  • This philosophy will take the form of a well-written essay.
  • Although there are no page requirements for your philosophy statement, less than two pages is probably not sufficient and more than four pages is probably too long.
  • Your philosophy should avoid educational jargon and platitudes.
  • Your philosophy should reflect your own voice.
  • Although artifacts of professional quality are not required for this component of the portfolio, you may provide artifacts that illuminate your philosophy of teaching and learning.




Philosophy of Teaching and Learning Rubric

Below Expectations
Meets Expectations
Exceeds Expectations
The philosophy of teaching is unfocused, contains jargon and platitudes without specific examples, and/or is addressed in an awkward manner.
The philosophy of teaching coherently describes beliefs that guide actions as a teacher and how the philosophy has evolved over time.
In addition to meets expectations:
The philosophy of teaching insightfully describes beliefs that guide actions as a teacher; the reflection may include linked artifacts which add value to the philosophy.


Philosophy of Teaching and Learning Exemplars

The philosophy of teaching and learning is a personal belief statement about your role in teaching and helping students to grow academically, socially, and emotionally. Therefore, it is difficult to provide an exemplar as each student teacher's philosophy will be different. However, here are a couple of examples of the Philosophy of Teaching and Learning written by students last fall. Remember that your Philosophy of Teaching and Learning should focus also on how your philosophy has changed since you began your preparation to be a teacher.




Elementary Program:

Secondary Program:


Foreign Language:

Social Studies:

Science:

Special Education Program: