Personal Statement of Philosophy of Teaching
I am many things. A woman, wife, mother, daughter, volunteer, nurse, and teacher are my primary roles. Each of these roles is fulfilling and co-exist to define how I live my life. My life is intertwined in the lives of many others. Each has an effect on me as I also affect their lives.
Nursing is a discipline of knowledge acquired both through formal education and through life experiences. The sum of these parts continues to alter and refine my nursing. My roles outside of nursing enhance my personal knowledge which I bring to my professional life. These life experiences expose me to many cultures and attitudes about life. My spiritual self allows me to maintain my inner core of who I am in relation to others. These encounters help me to see my role as a nurse through a unique lens grounded in caring. Caring defines my ...view middle of the document...
I listen intently to the students who trust me to guide them in their knowledge development. I listen to their personal concerns and guide them so that can grow through the educational courses I facilitate. Strong communication skills increase the ability for every voice to be heard.
I do what is right because that is what I have learned throughout my life. Early in my life, I modeled those around me. Now my awareness of the ethics of our behaviors guide who I am. I have a strong sense of fairness in everything I do. That sense of fairness guides my actions.
My role as a person means I am entrusted with new knowledge development in which to grow. My role as teacher means I encourage students to take a personal responsibility in their own growth through the many venues of learning. I am responsible for helping the discipline of nursing to grow through my involvement in research and publications to share this knowledge with others. It is up to me to set an example to my students on how to grow their discipline.
Our students do not learn in isolation, but though the shared curriculum which is continuing to evolve. I work within a team and support the faculty both where I work and who teach elsewhere. Just as knowledge development occurs in many venues, many teachers are utilized in a life long quest for knowledge.
Society’s well-being is enhanced through my active involvement in service. Service through my profession enhances the discipline. My involvement in these activities will also set an example for developing minds.
My aesthetic expression of who I am is evident in my communication with others. It is evident in my manner of listening. It is evident in my manner of being. It is evident in the gifts I share, both tangible and the gifts of authentic presence.
I believe that both teaching and nursing are given through the gift of self. I teach as a professional and I teach as a friend. The lines are blurred between my roles as I believe they should be. My relationships continue to evolve. My teaching continues to evolve. As long as I live, I am becoming.