4 Sample Teaching Philosophy Examples

These examples can help you develop your own teaching philosophy

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An educational philosophy statement or teaching philosophy, is a statement that all prospective teachers are required to write. This statement can be very difficult to write because you must find the "perfect" words to describe how you feel about education. This statement is a reflection of your view point, teaching style, and thoughts on education. Here are a few examples that you can use as inspiration to help you write your own educational philosophy statement. They are only excerpts of an educational philosophy, not the whole thing. 

4 Sample Teaching Philosophy Statements

Sample #1

My philosophy of education is that all children are unique and must have a stimulating educational environment where they can grow physically, mentally, emotionally, and socially. It is my desire to create this type of atmosphere where students can meet their full potential. I will provide a safe environment where students where students are invited to share their ideas and take risks.

I believe that their are five essential elements that are conducive to learning. (1) the teachers role is to act as a guide. (2) Students must have access to hands-on activities. (3) Students should be able to have choices and let their curiosity direct their learning. (4) Students need the opportunity to practice skills in a safe environment. (5) Technology must be incorporated into the school day.

Sample #2

I believe that all children are unique and have something special that they can bring to their own education.  I will assist my students to express themselves and accept themselves for who they are, as well embrace the differences of others.

Every classroom has their own unique community, my role as the teacher will be to assist each child in developing their own potential and learning styles. I will present a curriculum that will incorporate each different learning style, as well as make the content relevant to the students' lives. I will incorporate hands-on learning, cooperative learning, projects, themes, and individual work that engage and activate students learning. 

Sample #3

"I believe that a teacher is morally obligated to enter the classroom with only the highest of expectations for each and every one of her students. Thus, the teacher maximizes the positive benefits that naturally come along with any self-fulfilling prophecy; with dedication, perseverance, and hard work, her students will rise to the occasion."

"I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day. I believe that I owe it to my students, as well as the community, to bring consistency, diligence, and warmth to my job in the hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage such traits in the children as well." For more details on this philosophy statement click here.

Sample #4

I believe that a classroom should be a safe, caring community where children are free to speak their mind and blossom and grow. I will use strategies to ensure out classroom community will flourish. Strategies like the morning meeting, positive vs. negative discipline, classroom jobs, and problem-solving skills.

Teaching is a learning process; learning from your students, colleagues, parents, and the community. This is a lifelong process where you learn new strategies, new ideas, and new philosophies. Overtime my educational philosophy may change, and that's okay. That just means that I have grown, and learned new things.

Looking for a more detailed teaching philosophy statement? Here is a a philosophy statement that breaks down what you should write in each paragraph.