The Philosophy of Education Statement is an important piece in your educator portfolio. It may be requested by hiring personnel at schools to be included with a cover letter and resume. Your teaching philosophy should be thoughtful, organized and well written. The summary should be between 1-2 pages and should document and support your core educational principles.
- First, state your objectives as a teacher. These need to be achievable through some form of assessment.
- Second, you will want to outline the methods by which you will achieve your teaching objectives.
- Third, you will need to have demonstrated evidence of your achievements. This may take the form of standardized assessments or evaluations.
- Forth, allude to the factors that motivate you to be in the teaching profession. This is where you can be cerebral. State what motivates you to be in the teaching profession.
Some Important Considerations
Your core values and beliefs
The statement should reflect your core values and beliefs in terms of teaching. Consider your thoughts regarding the nature of students, the purpose of education and how people learn, and the role of teacher. As you develop your educational philosophy, think about completing the following statements:
- I believe the purposes of education are ...
- I believe that students learn best when...
- I believe that the following curriculum basics will contribute to the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of my students ...
- I believe that a good learning environment is one in which ...
- I believe that all students have the following basic needs ...
- In order to further the growth and learning of my students, these basic needs will be met in my classroom through ...
- I believe that teachers should have the following qualities ...
Why You Teach
- What is the purpose of education?
- What is your role as an educator?
Whom You Teach
- How will you reach the diverse students in your classroom?
- How do you define your community of learners?
How and What You Teach
- What are your beliefs about how students learn?
- How will your beliefs affect your teaching? Think about management, instructional strategies, curriculum design, and assessment
- How do you balance the needs of the individual learner with the needs of the classroom community?
- What are your goals for students?
Where You Teach
- How will you bring a global awareness to your classroom?
- What will be your relationship with the community, parents, teaching colleagues, and administration?
Completing the Application
Don't cut corners! As you are completing your applications, keep in mind that they are as important to your job search as your resume, letter of interest, and other documents in your application packet. You are encouraged not to rush through completing your applications. Regional applications may be required instead of or in addition to the employer's individual application.
- Be consistent with the information you provide on the application and on your resume. Make sure there are no contradictions of dates and places of employment and education.
- Do not make up an answer. Be honest. If you embellish, it will eventually catch up with you and you will leave a negative impression on the employer.
- Extra-curricular activities, which you may be willing to sponsor or coach, may be listed on most applications. Your willingness to sponsor activities can sometimes enhance your consideration for positions.
- Follow the application directions exactly. The directions may be different for each application you complete, so read all the directions carefully. Enter the correct information in the correct fields.
- Grammatical rules should be followed at all times. Teachers are held to high standards. Errors are unacceptable.
- Humor in your responses on an application can come across as sarcastic or flippant.
- Remember, an application may be a prospective employer's first introduction to you; make it a professional one.
- Incomplete applications give the appearance of poor attention to detail. It is always best to respond to each question posed on an application whenever possible. An employer would not ask it if s/he did not want an answer.
- Never answer a question with "See my résumé."