What are some necessary criteria for
a person to review and comment on
a Teaching Philosophy statement a
member has created?
(1) Has he taught relevant post-
high school courses with scientific
(2) Has he written his own
teaching philosophy and reviewed
and commented on other peoples’
(3) Is he willing to read and assume the
author has integrity?
With this out of the way, when I review
teaching philosophies, it takes me about
10 ‘read-throughs’ to adopt the mind of
COMMUNICATION SKILLS It is critical
that teachers be gifted communicators
who can appeal to their audience in
the first paragraph, or even the title.
Think of Tom Friedman the NYTimes
columnist, for example.
Communications must lead through
story-telling and factual example to a
logical and ‘telling’ conclusion in excellent
composition and form. [These are
academics, after all.]
The author must also bear in mind
who the intended audience is. The
audience analysis of the written word
probably needs to examine the institution’s
mission statement, core values and
student body. So, a statement to a
research oriented large class size
university might not fit with a liberal
arts institution or a military academy,
as extreme examples.
Visit the university, speak with people
who have written successful statements,
and submit your drafts to people who
have the critical background mentioned
Sure, it may be possible to create your
own document by reading through
power points of ‘how to’s’ but I have
seen only one of those– not mine!
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