Philosophy of Teaching Statements: Examples and Tips on How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement

By: Mary Bart

Traditionally part of the teaching portfolio in the tenure review process, an increasing number of colleges now require a philosophy of teaching statement from job applicants as well. For beginning instructors, putting their teaching philosophy into words is particularly challenging. For one thing they aren't even sure they have a philosophy yet. Then there’s the added pressure of writing one that’s good enough to help them land their first teaching job.


For most educators, writing a philosophy of teaching statement is a daunting, even unpleasant, task. Sure they can motivate the most lackadaisical of students, juggle a seemingly endless list of responsibilities, make theory and applications of gas chromatography come alive for students, all the while finding time to offer a few words of encouragement to a homesick freshman, but when it comes to articulating their teaching philosophy ... suddenly they’re unsure where to even start.

A practical guide for writing your teaching philosophy statement

This Faculty Focus special report is designed to take the mystery out of writing teaching philosophy statements, and includes both samples and how-to articles written by educators from various disciplines and at various stages of their professional careers.

When you download Philosophy of Teaching Statements: Examples and Tips on How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement, you will find inspiration and advice from articles like these:

  • How to Write a Philosophy of Teaching and Learning Statement
  • A Teaching Philosophy Built on Knowledge, Critical Thinking and Curiosity
  • My Teaching Philosophy: A Dynamic Interaction Between Pedagogy and Personality
  • Writing the “Syllabus Version” of Your Philosophy of Teaching
  • My Philosophy of Teaching: Make Learning Fun
  • A Nurse Educator’s Philosophy of Teaching
  • Teaching Philosophy and Assumptions
  • Education as Becoming: A Philosophy of Teaching
  • Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement: Why, What and How

Philosophy of teaching statements come in many styles and formats. And, as contributor Adam Chapnick writes, “There is no style that suits everyone, but there is almost certainly one that will make you more comfortable. And while there is no measurable way to know when you have got it ‘right,’ in my experience, you will know it when you see it!” This report will get you started.

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Faculty Focus contains a wealth of valuable material – not just about teaching philosophy statements, but all of the issues that are important today’s faculty and administrators. It’s packed with ideas, best practices, and other information you can use right away on the topics that impact your students, your school and your work, including:

  • Teaching and Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Faculty Development
  • Distance Learning
  • Classroom Management
  • Educational Assessment
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Faculty Evaluation
  • Curriculum Development
  • And much, much more.

Philosophy of Teaching Statements: Examples and Tips on How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement is the perfect resource whether you’re writing your first statement or looking to revisit the one you penned years ago.

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