In my Engineering Education class this semester, we are developing our teaching portfolios. A primary component of any teaching portfolio is the philosophy of teaching statement (PTS). This post is dedicated to discussing resources for writing a well-developed PTS.
The Basics: A PTS includes your conception of teaching and learning, a description of how you teach, and a justification of why you teach that way. It is generally 1-2 pages in length. It should give the reader a glimpse of what kind of teacher you are – showing your unique qualities.
A note of advice: *don’t* read too many examples. Instead, write your own PTS, and then read other statements to make sure that yours is in line with the examples.
- conceptualization of learning
- conceptualization of teaching
- goals for students
- implementation of philosophy
- professional growth plan
Other recommendations for material in a PTS are:
- integration of responsibilities
- learning environment
- methods, strategies, and innovation
The Teaching Perspectives Inventory: In order to identify some of your personal views on teaching, take the Teaching Perspectives Inventory.
Remember that the PTS is a dynamic document that must be updated as you grow in your own teaching experiences and expand or change your philosophies.