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Hi,

I'm preparing a statement of teaching philosophy for a teaching position. I'm here to look for your comments on my writing because English is not my first language. Thank you.

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Statement of Teaching Philosophy



“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” (Laozi)





The above quotation from Laozi, a famous Chinese philosopher, guides my teaching philosophy. I firmly believe that my role as a university teacher is to not only teach students knowledge (give them fish) but more importantly help them to develop life-long learning skills and critical thinking skills (teach to fish).



I expect that my students have different background and a variety of levels of desire for learning. I will try to inspire them by helping them find topics closely related to their practice. The first question I ask when I design my courses is that what situations the students will encounter in the daily work and what professional knowledge and skills they need to solve the problems. My responsibility is to make sure the knowledge I transfer to them is useful.



I believe our students as public health leaders need skills in critical thinking and analysis, including indentifying relevant health issues, collecting key data and information, and making decision and choosing appropriate solutions based on scientific evidence. My role is to assist them to develop these skills by using problem-oriented teaching approach and case studies. In courses I have taught, I presented environmental health cases in small discussion groups, asked students questions, and demonstrated my won critical thinking skills for these cases. The goal is to help students to develop life-long learning skills and the capacity of applying what they learn to real situations.



In summary, my ultimate goal in teaching is to provide students key knowledge and tools required for their public health practice and help them to develop critical thinking skills which will guide them apply their knowledge and skills to their daily works.
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The above quotation from Laozi, the famous Chinese philosopher, guides my teaching philosophy. I firmly believe that my role as a university professor is not only to impart knowledge (give my students fish) but also and more importantly to help them develop lifelong learning and critical thinking skills (teach them to fish).

Students have different backgrounds and a variety of motivations for learning. I try to inspire them by helping them find topics related to their interests. The first questions I ask myself when I design my courses is what situations the students will encounter in their work and what professional knowledge and skills they will need. My responsibility is to make sure the knowledge I transfer to them is eminently useful.

I believe our students as public health leaders need skills in critical thinking and analysis, including indentifying relevant health issues, collecting key information, and making decisions and finding appropriate solutions based on scientific evidence. My role is to assist them in developing these skills by using problem-oriented teaching approaches and case studies. In previous courses I have presented environmental health cases in small discussion groups, asked students challenging questions, and demonstrated critical thinking skills for these cases. The goal is to help students to develop lifelong learning skills and the capacity to apply what they learn to real situations.

In summary, my ultimate goal is to provide students the key knowledge and essential tools for their public health practice and to help them develop the critical thinking skills applicable to their occupation.
Here's my suggestion:

The above quotation from Laozi, the famous Chinese philosopher, guides my teaching philosophy. I firmly believe that my role as a university teacher is not only to impart knowledge to my students (give them fish), but more importantly, to assist them in developing life-long learning and critical thinking skills (teach to fish).

I expect my students to come from different backgrounds and desires for learning. I will try to inspire and motivate them by using topics more closely related to fields of interest and studies. The first questions I ask while designing my courses are what kind of daily situations will the students encounter, the professional knowledge and skills they may require for problem-solving. My responsibility lies in making sure the knowledge I impart them is, and will be, useful.

I believe our students, as public health leaders, need skills in critical thinking and analysis. This should include identification of relevant health issues, collection of key data and information, make appropriate decisions and choose the best solutions based on scientific evidence. My role is to assist them in developing these skills through the use of problem-oriented teaching approach and case studies. In the courses I had previously taught, I presented environmental health cases in small discussion groups, questioned students, and demonstrated my own critical thinking skills in these cases. The goal is to assist students in developing life-long learning skills and the capacity for applying what they have learnt to real situations.

In summary, my ultimate goal in teaching is providing my students the key knowledge and tools required for their public health practices and helping them develop critical-thinking skills they will need to apply in their future occupations.
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the use of problem-oriented teaching approach
Only one approach, Max, and no article?
collection of key data and information, make appro...
Mixing nouns and verbs in a list?

Are you a native speaker?

Ah! My fault. I was trying to do too many things at the same time.

Do you think I am a native speaker? I'm not quite sure, some countries think I am, while others scoff at me.

hmm... why can't I edit my previous post?
"This should include identification of relevant health issues, collection of key data and information, make appropriate decisions and choose the best solutions based on scientific evidence."

Correction: "This should include identification of relevant health issues, collection of key data and information, appropriate decision-making and selection of the best solutions based on scientific evidence.
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Thank you so much.