The art of being teachable in a work environment is one of the most valuable assets in furthering your career. Becoming more teachable also allows you to become a better leader and teacher. A strong teaching philosophy is key to being intentional in your growth and advancements in any work environment, in or out of the classroom.
Expanding your teaching philosophy is not just elaborating on what you may have already prepared. Follow along to see more ways to expand your teaching philosophy and enrich any position!
1. Ensure a positive atmosphere
Your teaching philosophy should come from a place of positivity and promote a growth mindset. This application of the philosophy of education will bring others into your circle to help brainstorm, grow, and modify your philosophy. By expressing your values and intentions in a formal way, you hold yourself accountable and encourage others in the workplace to improve themselves while providing feedback on your philosophy.
2. Read samples of statements in other fields
Whatever field you are in, there are always things to learn from other areas. Those with different expertise and responsibilities will problem solve in new and novel ways, and vocational or occupational differences should not limit a meeting of the minds. Reading teaching philosophies and seeking out other interpretations of the philosophy of education will allow you to grow and build out your own philosophy.
3. Keep the thesis simple
The introduction to your teaching philosophy should be direct, to the point, and clearly outline your main ideals. It allows you to be more communicative and spend time expounding your ideas further in teaching philosophy. It expands your potential for expressing true values, and also makes the impact of the message more prevalent.
4. Provide yourself a real-life example
In the actual teaching philosophy that you articulate, be sure to include a real-life example of how you see it being applied. This demonstrates to you in the future as well as future employers that you have put forethought into the literal application. You also articulate that you value your own time and work and want to implement that into future employment opportunities or projects.
5. Condense your philosophy
Once your thoughts are down and you’ve gained experience and suggestions from your peers, making your teaching philosophy concise and to the point will be able to expand the reach of the project for quick application. Your teaching philosophy is a reference point for setting goals, making adjustments, and improving your performance. Spending time making your philosophy as clear cut as possible will help you, your employers, and your peers.
6. Evaluate application in a moral dilemma
Your teaching philosophy is not helpful without some sort of metric or test to make sure that it works for you in your environment. Spend time researching ethical dilemmas that would put your philosophy to the test. The way to teach and learn can be called into question due to a variety of external factors, such as changing social dynamics and growth opportunities.
7. Address it directly in interviews and meetings
When it comes down to it, you and any form of supervisor should be fully communicative and appraised of what your philosophy is. As things change, meet regularly and build that relationship. This will build trust, open communication up for feedback, and allow your teaching philosophy to expand with leadership opportunities instead of staying on the backburner. When seeking new employment, sharing your teaching philosophy is a proactive and positive expression of your values and personality.
8. Understand what a teaching philosophy means to upper management
By addressing your teaching philosophy in meetings and beginning discussions with supervisors, you will learn what it means to them and what leadership positions may be coherent with your ideas. You are able to see growth opportunities and identify how your own philosophy can expand to fulfill those roles. Upper management and that relationship can help with making connections for other employment opportunities and building a support network.
8 1/2. Share your teaching philosophy with family and friends
The people that you spend the most amount of time with should not just revolve around the workplace. Share what you’ve developed with those in your social circle! Your family or friends may have contributions, feedback on the philosophy you’ve developed, or even personal feedback to help you better understand how you work with others from a different perspective. Don’t be shy to share it! It will stay much more practically applied and fresh in your mind to grow just as you do!
Your teaching philosophy can easily grow and become a coherent, intentional part of your participation in the workplace. Your personal and work life can grow with it! You will find that other opportunities come to share and to grow. Your teaching philosophy is not a separate entity, but rather a part of you that you have been able to share in a more formal format with others.
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