Personal Belief Statements About Classroom Management
It takes a position – the classroom is a living community and everyone contributes – and conveys it well.
While you don’t need to fit everything you believe about teaching into a single sentence, it’s important to be able to express the most central part of your ideas and priorities as a teacher. All students are individual and everyone learns in their own unique way.
One way I emphasize this philosophy in my classes is to incorporate regular feedback from students.
For example, I ask students to fill out a mid-course evaluation of the class, in which they reflect on the course goals and provide feedback on whether or not the course is helping them meet these goals thus far.
But a well-managed classroom doesn't just appear out of nowhere.
It takes a good deal of effort to create—and the person who is most responsible for creating it is the teacher.
This is a good answer to give if there’s time to elaborate. Remember that a teaching philosophy is different than a pedagogic theory. Make sure you’re able to articulate your beliefs succinctly.
If you sense that the interviewer wants to move on, don’t provide more detail. Ideally, you’d be able to sum up your teaching philosophy in one sentence, if you had to.
I believe we never stop learning, and I want my students to know we can learn from each other.
If your educational philosophy actually is that everyone deserves a chance (or something similar), then be sure to make your statement unique by explaining how you see the principle of equality as relevant to education.
A provision to keep in mind is that if you can’t imagine anyone disagreeing with your philosophy (that is, disagreeing intelligently, for well-thought-out reasons), then you’ve probably landed on an obvious truism.
Teachers struggle to teach, and students most likely learn much less than they should.
In contrast, well-managed classrooms provide an environment in which teaching and learning can flourish.