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					             A Great Bio

o   Can make all the difference! A first
    impression always sticks with the reader. Be
    sure that your first impression is a good one!
    Whether you are a writer, journalist, or any
    professional in a business or school setting,
    you must have a good bio to present on web
    sites and other documents. A good bio
    allows potential employers or screening or
    promotion boards to have an idea about
    your strengths and achievements.
        A Great Bio

o   The short one or two paragraphs in your
    Bio can make you very real to whoever
    reads them. It is very acceptable to include
    a certain amount of personal info about
    yourself. Of course, always keep in mind
    who your audience. Including a favorite
    quote can add a nice personal touch.
    Whether the quote is your own or someone
    else's, always include this info. You can
    include a Webster's Dictionary definition of
    a teacher / job title.
        A Great Bio

o   Try to include the reason that you
    want to be in your particular
    profession.
o   As a teacher, tell us what inspired
    you to become one in your bio.
o   Be sure to reveal a few personal
    tidbits about who you are and just
    what motivates you.
        A Great Bio

o   When you have multiple talents listed, you
    also show that you are a very diverse
    individual.
o   Use wit in your bio and show everyone that
    reads it that you can be funny and down-to
    -earth when you want or need to be.
o   By showing a breadth of your interests, you
    will enable the reader to see different
    aspects of your personality.
o   If you do this, people will be able to really
    understand your abilities and motivations.
        A Great Bio

o   Start your bio with first person references
    and midway through change to the third
    person. Referring to yourself with your full
    name is acceptable or uses of the pronouns
    him and her is also acceptable. By using a
    delicate combination of first person and
    third person tenses, you can give a
    professional element to your bio.
o   If done in a professional manner, you can
    reach out and touch whoever reads your
    bio.
        A Great Bio

o   The first line or two of your bio should
    include your name, profession, and marital
    status if you wish.
o   Subsequent lines can include other jobs or
    interests, published works, awards that you
    have received, quotes, beliefs about your
    chosen profession, jokes about your chosen
    profession, inspiring comments, and other
    personal items that make you stand out
    from the crowd.
o   Here is an example of a bio utilizing all of
    the aspects covered here:
Sample BIO
o   I am John Smith, both a loving husband and educator
    for over 25 years. I decided to become an educator so
    that I could inspire children to learn, just as my
    teachers fostered my love of knowledge. My favorite
    quote is "Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers." -
    Tennyson
o   John Smith received the Teaching Award for
    Excellence from the Bower Institute for Higher
    Learning. He is proudest of this award because his
    students bestowed it upon him. The students must
    take it upon themselves to write an essay and
    nominate their favorite teacher. Of all of his thirty
    different awards, this one is kept in a very special
    place- his heart.
Sample BIO
o   By using these smart strategies and
    creative ideas, you now have the tools to
    write an inspiring and effective bio for
    almost any need. Your professional bio will
    sell your strengths and benefits to present
    and or future employers and other business
    groups, and it will also make you shine in
    everyone's eyes.
o   http://www.bham.wednet.edu/bio/QUEST.
    HTM
        What is it - it is a narrative
              that includes:
o   your conception of teaching and learning
o   a description of how you teach
o   justification for why you teach that way
o   The statement can
o   demonstrate that you have been reflective and
    purposeful about your teaching
o   communicate your goals as an instructor and your
    corresponding actions in the classroom
o   provide an opportunity to point to and tie together the
    other sections of your portfolio
What is the purpose of developing
a philosophy of teaching?
o   The purpose is normally in conjunction
    with the submission of a teaching
    portfolio for seeking academic
    positions, or as a regular component of
    the portfolio or dossier for promotion
    and tenure. Philosophy of teaching
    statements are also requested of
    candidates for teaching awards or
    grant applications.
Why do teachers need to articulate
  their philosophy of teaching?
o   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 behaviors and ultimately
    foster professional and personal
    growth.
In preparing a statement of
teaching philosophy
o   “professors assess and examine themselves
    to articulate the goals they wish to achieve
    in teaching.... A clear vision of a teaching
    philosophy provides stability, continuity,
    and long-term guidance.... A well-defined
    philosophy can help them remain focused
    on their teaching goals and to appreciate
    the personal and professional rewards of
    teaching.” (Gail Goodyear and Douglas
    Allchin, in their study of the functions of a
    statement of teaching philosophy pp. 106-
    7)
General formatting suggestions
o   There is no required content or set format. There
    is no right or wrong way to write a philosophy
    statement, which is why it is so challenging for most
    people to write one. You may decide to write in prose,
    use famous quotes, create visuals, use a
    question/answer format, etc.
o   It is generally 1-2 pages in length. For some
    purposes, an extended description is appropriate, but
    length should suit the context.
o   Use present tense, in most cases. Writing in first-
    person is most common and is the easiest for your
    audience to read.
General formatting suggestions
o   Most statements avoid technical terms
    and favor language and concepts that can
    be broadly appreciated. A general rule is
    that the statement should be written with
    the audience in mind. It may be helpful to
    have someone from your field read your
    statement and give you some guidance on
    any discipline-specific jargon and issues to
    include or exclude.
General formatting suggestions
o   Include teaching strategies and methods to help
    people “see” you in the classroom. It is not
    possible in many cases for your reader to come to
    your class to actually watch you teach. By including
    very specific examples of teaching strategies,
    assignments, discussions, etc, you are able to let your
    reader take a mental “peek” into your classroom. Help
    them to visualize what you do in the classroom and
    the exchange between you and your students. For
    example, can your readers picture in their minds the
    learning environment you create for your students?
General formatting suggestions
o   Make it memorable and unique. If you
    are submitting this document as part of a
    job application, remember that your
    readers on the search committee are seeing
    many of these documents. What is going to
    set you apart? What about you are they
    going to remember? What brings a teaching
    philosophy to life is the extent to which it
    creates a vivid portrait of a person who is
    intentional about teaching practices and
    committed to his/her career.
General formatting suggestions
o   “Own” your philosophy. The use of declarative
    statements (such as “students don’t learn through
    lecture” or “the only way to teach is to use class
    discussion") could be potentially detrimental if you are
    submitting this document to a search committee. You
    do not want to appear as if you have all of the
    answers and you don’t want to offend your readers.
    By writing about your experiences and your beliefs,
    you “own” those statements and appear more open to
    new and different ideas about teaching. Even in your
    own experience, you make choices as to the best
    teaching methods for different courses and content:
    sometimes lecture is most appropriate; other times
    you may use service-learning, for example.
Major components of a philosophy
of teaching statement
  o   Each statement of teaching philosophy is very
      personal by nature. Therefore, it is up to each
      instructor to decide what components to include in
      their own statements. However, there are a number
      of excellent resources to get you started with the
      writing process at
  o   Guidance for Writing a Philosophy of Teaching
      Statement.

      http://ftad.osu.edu/portfolio/philosophy/Phil_guidance
      .html
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