I have been working on my teaching philosophy for a while. As a faculty member I think of my teaching philosophy as a document that reflects my personal values and vision of teaching. The document however, changes a little bit over the years, I think mostly because we are always finding ourselves as educators and by forming our teaching identity we always discover something new and valuable that we may want to include in our teaching statement.
Reading a blog post about the 8 pitfalls or writing a teaching statements gave me very good advice on things to consider to improve it. However, I am having serious issues with the tone of the author regarding the way someone should write. She mentioned that people must avoid to sound too feminine. Especially one of the pitfalls actually is “You are excessively emotional, especially if you are female.”
How can being too emotional be bad especially if you are female? Why the distinction? is being a female something bad?
I have two issues with this. The first one is the use of the term female as something negative that can make you less marketable in the job market. The second one is to don’t show emotions.
In my case not showing emotions in something that reflects my philosophy about the thing that I love the most in the world (teaching) is completely impossible. I need to bring passion to everything I do and for me having to make my teaching statement sound like something cool that will attract employers make me don’t want to work for those employers.
Is the teaching statement something that we do to improve our teaching? is something that we do to reflect on the things that matter to us as educators? OR is the teaching statement some written portion of an application process where we should say the things that administrators and university leaders want to hear?