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    Writing cover letters and teaching philosophy statements

    TiPPS for PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING STATEMENTS
    What is a Philosophy of Teaching Statement, and Why is it Important?
    Philosophy of teaching statements are concise statements of what you believe about the teaching and learning of languages, and possibly also about education in general. Most sources recommend that you keep your teaching philosophy statement between one and two pages in length, covering what you believe, why, and brief examples of how you implement it in the classroom.
    While a statement of your philosophy of teaching is an important item to include in your teacher portfolio, it also serves a much more important role. It guides and informs you as you prepare other portfolio items, it helps you prepare for a job interview, and it helps you to ensure that you are consistent in the way you answer job interview questions.
    Links & Resources for Philosophy of Teaching Statements at a glance
    TiPPS HANDOUTS ON PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING STATEMENTS
    Philosophy of teaching statements - "Let the brainstorming begin!" (PDF file)
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    BOOKS THAT TALK ABOUT PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
    Bullock, Ann Adams, & Hawk, Parmalee P. (2001). Developing a teaching portfolio: A guide for preservice and practicing teachers. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill Prentice Hall.
    Heiberger, M.M. & Vick, J.M. (2001). The Academic Job Search Handbook. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press.
    Murray, John P. (1997). Successful faculty development and evaluation: The complete teaching portfolio. Washington, DC : Graduate School of Education and Human Development, George Washington University
    Seldin, Peter (1991). Teaching portfolio: A practical guide to improved performance and promotion/tenure decisions. Bolton, MA : Anker Pub. Co.

    GUIDELINES FOR WRITING A STATEMENT OF TEACHING PHILOSOHY
    Office of Faculty and TA Development, The Ohio State University. Writing a philosophy of teaching statement. Welcome - UCAT - The Ohio State University
    This site takes a comprehensive look at a philosophy of teaching, including definitions, the purpose of developing a philosophy statement, common major components, different ways of developing a statement, and benefits of having put one together. It also gives a number of sample statements. The authors try to provide multiple perspectives on the topic, as well.
    Chism, Nancy Van Note (1998). Developing a philosophy of teaching statement. Developing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement
    This article on developing a teaching philosophy statement is often cited on other sites. A concise guide to the task of writing your statement.
    Center for Effective Teaching and Learning, University of Texas at El Paso. Statements of teaching philosophy. Academics Portal Index > Home
    This site looks at writing a statement of teaching philosophy by addressing the following: their roles, their creation process, and their contents.
    Haugen, Lee (1998). Writing a teaching philosophy statement. Center for Teaching Excellence, Iowa State University. Writing a Teaching Philosophy Statement
    This site looks at writing a statement of teaching philosophy by addressing four main questions: To what end? By what means? To what degree? and Why? Haugen elaborates about each question in ways that provide a different perspective on how to think about your philosophy of teaching.
    EIL311, Division of English as an International Language, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Topics to address in a P.o.T. statement. http://www.deil.uiuc.edu/EIL311/philosophy.html
    This site is for a course on ESL materials and methods. The last third of the page lists a number of categories or topics to consider discussing in your statement of teaching philosophy.
    SAMPLE PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING STATEMENTS
    The websites that follow were found via an internet search and are designed for you to review and learn from (we're not saying that any of them are exemplary -- nor are we saying that they are not exemplary). As you look at some of these statements, here are a few things to look for:
    • Do you get a clear idea about this person as a teacher?
    • Do you get a clear idea about what the teacher believes about learning? About teaching?
    • Do aspects of teaching that are not included feel like they were omitted as a result of informed choices or as a result of a careless oversight that you feel should be rectified?
    • Are there examples of how the teachers implement their philosophy?
    TiPPS: Philosophy of Teaching Statements

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    Thanks Kingwilly, certainly something to think about

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    My 2c. A good way to shoot yourself down on a cover letter is to write about your teaching philosophy.
    Cover letters:
    Top: Your name, address and phone number
    Qualifications: Degrees, credentials and colleges after undergrad work.
    Job Experience: What have you done /This doesn't get it?
    2007-2009 Teacher: Acme High School in Hiawatha, Kansas.
    2006_2007 Internship at Acme High School.
    2004-2006 Kentucky Fried Chicken
    School Employers want to know what you have done>
    2007-2009 English Teacher: Acme High School. 4 AP English students in my class competed in the National Essay Contest and won Outstanding Awards.
    English Club traveled the the Library of Congress to research early American History. Debate team took 2nd place in the Kansas State contest Spring 2009. They don't give a f**k about your philosophy

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    Hi,

    Thanks very much for this comment. I have got some my ideals from your points of view.


    Tks again and pls keep posting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtone9317
    A good way to shoot yourself down on a cover letter is to write about your teaching philosophy.
    I agree. You're just asking for trouble because you don't know who's reading it and what their viewpoint is; a bad idea...

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