Examples of teaching philosophies include believing that the purpose of teaching is to foster an inquisitive nature, seeking to impart knowledge through focused instruction, or helping students understand the world through learning about the past. Teaching philosophies are often unique for each educator, as it includes beliefs about the purpose of teaching and the methods through which the education is to take place.
Many educational institutions require students of teaching programs to create a teaching philosophy statement before graduation from an education program, which presents and justifies the student's belief on teaching. Some teaching philosophies focus on the purpose of education as a whole, outlining why the student believes that teaching matters or the benefits its brings to the world as a whole. These philosophies may cover multiple reasons or topics, though they often relate to a single cause, such as helping to create more knowledgeable people or improving the flow of information within society.
Other teaching philosophies may focus on a specific subject, such as Renaissance literature or calculus, and explain the student's belief for teaching those topics. These philosophies often include detailed justifications for the belief that the subjects matter, frequently drawing specific correlations between the topic and benefits within the daily lives of other students. Teaching philosophies can also speak towards teaching methods, such as by creating an open learning environment or using rigid instruction methods.