I freaking hate writing teaching philosophies! I hate them whether you call them philosophies, goals, statements, or declarations. Hate, hate, hate. And I hate writing different teaching philosophies for all my different types of teaching, whether different departments, disciplines, or interdisciplines. Gah. Do you know how many different types of teaching philosophies I have? And that they all suck? And that I still have no clue what order all this shit should go in or how to write an opening statement for it?
Therefore, I am here to spread the pain.
The Teaching Philosophy Meme: it's time to consider your goals and roles in teaching and meditate on your teaching philosophy. Post on your blog about your teaching statement, philosophy, motto, manifesto, or creed, whatever you may call it. What are your goals as a teacher? Your role in the classroom? What do you want students to leave your classroom knowing, or knowing how to do? Leave a link, so we can follow them all around in a little carnival-thingy.
Alternate assignment for the complainers:
What about this part of our job just really ignites your passion? Electrifies, revitalizes and energizes you? What has made you grin with pride or jump up and down with glee a little?