Teaching Philosophy – Draft 1

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[Image: a word cloud. The largest words are “teaching philosophy”. All other words are related to that concept.]

Note: I recently had a sinus infection and because I’m in grad school and working multiple jobs, I was unable to take enough time off to recover. So on I went! I had to write a teaching philosophy for my tech writing pedagogy class and I started on it as soon as I could… while I was whacked out on Sudafed. Here is my first draft. And no, I didn’t turn this in.

Teaching is an awesome thing that awesome people do while wearing really cool party hats. It’s super delicious and really boss. Everyone should teach something. But not only that! Everyone should learn something. Or better yet, learn while teaching! Because you can do both! When you teach you have to learn what your students’ needs are and how to best accommodate them. Because you’re not an effective teacher if you can’t actually get your students to learn anything.

If I was a teacher, I would have a really chill class. I would make sure everyone felt included and welcomed. We would have class discussions that were like conversations. And fun conversations at that! No ivory tower bullshit. Just fun and excitement and maybe there would be food. Who am I kidding, of course there would be food! Not every class though, we might get ants. Just every so often, so we can have a pot luck class and it would be great.

Is this really only 161 words? Wow, I thought I would have been able to write more about my teaching philosophy. I mean, I’ve never really done teaching on an academic level, I don’t know much about it, and let’s face it, I think my blogging class was less than successful sometimes. Although it’s hard to tell. Some people seemed to enjoy it. But others dropped out all together. Although that might have been due to the demands of technology. Which threw most of the students.

I don’t know how to have a teaching philosophy! I’ve never taught a college class. Is making it up as I go along good enough? Cause that’s all I’ve got right now. That’s everything.