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Elisabeth Spinner's current research interests include how teacher identity is successfully developed, including by using the genre of teaching philosophy and reflection. She is a doctoral student in Western Michigan University's English Education program.


The teaching philosophy is one of the most commonly assigned papers in the English methods course. Most educators don’t give the document another thought until it becomes time to apply for a job and an application calls for a teaching philosophy. However, the teaching philosophy can be a powerful document. In the methods course, it can be used to help preservice teachers create strong connections between what they are learning in their methods courses and what they are doing in their field experiences. The document can also be used as reflection for teachers at any state of their career. In fact, it would be beneficial for all teachers to revisit their teaching philosophies to reflect upon how their teaching philosophy reflects their identity.

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