My personal teaching philosophy
In no more than 450 words, clearly articulate and describe your teaching philosophy. Write your philosophy as a statement and include details such as:
· Your understanding about students’ learning;
· Your understandings about the connections between curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in your day-to-day work;
· Your beliefs about what is important and/or valuable in your teaching and practice;
· Your values about the teaching profession.
1. Personal pronouns can be used in your writing.
2. Philosophy statement: “I hope that my experience would become their shields and my words would become their swords.”. Start with this statement of the essay and address the rest of the details mentioned above.
No references needed
My Personal Teaching Philosophy
My teaching philosophy is based on the principle of involving the learners as much as possible in the teaching and learning processes. This is ideally achieved in a learning atmosphere, in which the interaction of the individual person and the group dynamics is crucial. This enables the learners to perceive themselves as independent, serious personalities and team members whose striving for knowledge is integrated into a complex group process of learning and teaching.
Students learn by structuring learning material and knowledge. They do so to understand the “big picture.” They first devote all their energy to recognizing connections and structuring the learning material in a way that makes sense to them. Once this has been achieved, they enrich the subject matter with details and special knowledge relevant to the exam or concept being taught. In order for the learning method of structuring to actually lead to the desired exam success, learners tend to repeat what they have learned several times simply because this is the only way to really anchor it in their memories.
There is a close connection between curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment. I have observed that teachers struggle to teach an extensive curriculum to a large number of students with differing learning abilities. Due to the overwhelming curriculum, teachers are adopting friendlier teaching practices that to some degree do not favor the learners. This compels students to resist regular assessments because they constantly portray their weaknesses rather than their strengths.
Teaching should involve interaction between teachers and learners in which learners are helped to acquire knowledge and attitudes through various methods that suit their special abilities. Teaching presupposes a gradient of knowledge, skill, insight, responsibility from the teacher to the students”, therefore it always does not mean symmetrical communication.” This gradient must be gradually reduced, but in principle, it must not be eliminated. Teaching practice is the essential element of teacher training and education since it provides student teachers with an opportunity to learn from experience in the workplace.
School and teaching are always about relationships – and about the exchange of values. It is particularly valuable for those starting in their careers to examine their own values in any case. Because values not only determine our thoughts, actions and feelings, they are also responsible for our attitude toward our fellow human beings. When I go to school as a teacher candidate, as a trainee teacher, to teach and work together with my colleagues, I must also be aware of the attitude with which I meet my students in everyday school life. Am I authentic in my dealings with them without being too much of a “buddy” or “friend.”