Thursday, December 19, 2013

Prepare the First Draft of Your Personal Philosophy of Teaching

Prepare the First Draft of Your Personal Philosophy of Teaching

Why do teachers need to articulate their philosophy of teaching? 
What purposes does a philosophy of teaching serve?
It has been recognized by many teachers that the process of identifying a personal philosophy of teaching and continuously examining, testifying, and verifying this philosophy through teaching can lead to change of teaching behaviours and ultimately foster professional and personal growth.

A teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your beliefs about teaching and learning. It includes your conception of teaching and learning, a description of how you teach justification for why you teach that way. A teaching statement conveys your teaching values, beliefs, and goals to a broader audience, provides a set of criteria and/or standards to judge the quality of your teaching and provides evidence of your teaching effectiveness

For further reading please go the following links
1. Faculty Focus Special Report
2. Cornell University
3. The Ohio State University
4.  University of Minnesota
5.  University of Michigan
6.  Center for Teaching and Learning

The following videos will also help you write your philosophy of teaching

Please post your personal philosophy by clicking on the 'comment ' link below.
Wish you all the best and looking forward to hearing form you

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Hello friends,
This week we will be discussing the following topics.
Relationship between Philosophy and Education
Meaning and concept of Education
Following questions will be discussed in the class.
What makes an effective teacher?
Do teachers need a philosophy?
What education does in society?

Sunday, December 1, 2013


2 pm MONDAY 02/12/2013
Activity 1 (Small Group)- List out the special qualities of  one’s beloved teacher
List three Special qualities of your favourite teacher
In small group, make a list comprising all the special qualities of favourite teachers
Prepare a presentation about the special qualities of favourite teachers in the whole group
Activity 2 (Small Group) List out our expectations of of the B.Ed. program
                Write individually three expectations of the B Ed program.
                Collate them and prepare a list of five.
                Make presentation
Is teaching an art, science or craft?
What is a profession?

What is a "profession"?

"a type of work that needs special training or education:
He's a teacher by profession (= he trained to be a teacher).

"a paid occupation, especially one that involves prolonged training and a formal qualification: 
a body of people engaged in a particular profession: the legal profession has become increasingly business-conscious.

"A profession is a vocation founded upon specialized high educational training, the purpose of which is to supply objective counsel and service to others, for a direct and definite compensation, wholly apart from expectation of other business gain." (New Statesman, 21 April 1917, article by Sidney Webb and Beatrice Webb quoted with approval … report by the UK Competition Commission, dated 8 November 1977).

"The main milestones which mark an occupation being identified as a profession are:
1.       It became a full-time occupation;
2.      The first training school was established;
3.      The first university school was established;
4.      The first local association was established;
5.      The first national association was established;
6.      The codes of professional ethics were introduced;
7.      State licensing laws were established."
"Although professions enjoy high status and public prestige, not all professionals earn high salaries, and even within specific professions there exist significant inequalities of compensation."

Question for further enquiry
Is teaching a profession or Vocation?

Whole Group Discussion