When you first began your coursework, you began to formulate your philosophy of teaching and learning. Your philosophy of teaching provides insight into your beliefs that guide your actions as a teacher. For this domain, reflect on your initial philosophy of teaching and learning and revise it based on your coursework and your field experiences, including the practica and your student teaching. A philosophy of teaching and learning may address the following elements:
  • What are your most important roles as a teacher and how do those roles fit within the goal(s) of education?
  • What impact does content knowledge have on the success of your students? What instructional methods are most appropriate for the students and subject(s) you teach?
  • What kinds of learning environments do you create as a teacher?
  • How do you determine your effectiveness as a teacher?

Your philosophy of teaching and learning should address how your philosophy evolved from the beginning of your professional preparation to now.

Follow the guidelines provided in writing your revised philosophy:
  • This philosophy will take the form of a well-written essay.
  • Although there are no page requirements for your philosophy statement, less than two pages is probably not sufficient and more than four pages is probably too long.
  • Your philosophy should avoid educational jargon and platitudes.
  • Your philosophy should reflect your own voice.
  • Although artifacts of professional quality are not required for this component of the portfolio, you may provide artifacts that illuminate your philosophy of teaching and learning.