I found it challenging to think (once again) about why I teach. I've written a number of teaching statements in the past, & like the Activity suggests, I've written each one somewhat differently to fit the situation. I wish I'd kept them all -- it would be interesting to see how my philosophy has changed over the years. I guess what makes it most challenging this time is because I'm semi-retired with no specific teaching assignment, yet I find myself drawn to teaching like some kind of addiction I can't shake. I do tutor several adult students who need help with ESL, which helps to keep the teaching pangs at bay :)
Why do I teach? Well, here's a start ...
People pursue learning - consciously or subconsciously - because they want to become something more and I am drawn to teaching as a way to accompany the learner in the becoming process.
Wow, Gina. Your reflection has left me more than a little overwhemed. I retired in 2010 and am experiencing a similar 'struggle' in fact I'm applying for a position and will be writing my TPS today. I wonder if some kind of scientific case can be found for teaching changing one's DNA in some way?
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You have started a question that could have a lot of answers. My teaching philosophy affects me in three ways: I am still teaching because I like seeing students learn and progress in their lives. I like learning because I am learning about becoming a better teacher. I like mentoring new teachers because I can see their teaching improve. Maybe this is why I am a FLO enthusiast; I can do all three at once. Now back to teaching my students.
Out of confusion comes clarity.
hi Leonne (probably my nearest neighbour in this course :D )
I was reading over some of the suggested resources for this activity & one of them suggested that a good way to start drafting a teaching statement was to read over your own reflections & underscore the themes & ideas that appear more than once. I couldn't help noticing how often the word "like" appeared in your comment above. Certainly (for us lucky ones at least) a big reason why we teach is because we just plain find it so enjoyable!!!
Now, as to WHY we like it so much .... that's a 'way deeper question. Maybe it doesn't need an answer?