Stating Your Teaching Philosophy
Lawford Anderson & Danielle Mihram, September 2005
© University of Southern California
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A teaching philosophy sets the benchmark for measuring the appropriateness of one’s instructional methods, the scope of one’s activities in and out of the classroom, the assessment of student learning, and the effectiveness of one’s teaching. It is a personal "mission statement" for anyone who helps others learn. It also defines the standards for the individual. It may be judged for its depth: how fully does it address the context of learning and/or scholarly research about teaching & learning? It may be judged for its scope: is it modest or ambitious? It may be judged for the quality of the justification: to what degree do divserity in learning, institutional and disciplinary contexts, and/or other widely accepted principles support such a statement? In addition, certain discipline-specific professional standards are to be incorporated in a statement of teaching philosophy.