The book I'm in the middle of, Breaking the Spell (see yesterday's post), was written by a philosopher. Today, I am the philosopher. My task is to write a one-page statement of my teaching philosophy.
It sounds like a remarkably simple task. My goal after all is simple, for my students to learn stuff.
In reality, putting what I do into words is proving incredibly complex. From day to day, sometimes even moment to moment, my strategies and techniques with students shift. How do I describe a chameleon?
Dennett says in Breaking the Spell that the job of a philosopher is to ask questions that can't be answered (paraphrase). I am left wondering how then, one can write a philosophical statement....