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EDUC 110 Sturtevant: Getting Started

Expository Essay

An expository essay is a genre of writing which tends to explain, illustrate, clarify, or explicate something in a way that it becomes clear for readers. Formulating your own Philosophy of Education will help you become a better teacher and hopefully get the job you want in the future. In order to begin to formulate this important philosophy, it is important to do some research and some critical thinking. To begin your thought process, imagine you are interviewing for a job you really want and they ask you the following questions:

Why do you want to become a teacher?

What is your philosophy of Education?


What can you bring to this school district?


Choosing a Focus

Concepts Candidates for inclusion in your essay:

School Culture

Classroom Management

Growth Mindset

Assessment of Student Learning

Learning Disabilities

Student Diversity

Standards-Based Instruction

Student-Teacher Relationships

Classroom Communication

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Challenges of First Year Teachers

Goodness of Fit

Technology in the Classroom

Classroom Design

Student Collaboration

Teacher Collaboration


Revising School Work



Project-Based Learning


Concept Mapping - Mind maps

Credo Reference - Mind Map

Use Credo as a place to get background information for your topic.  The "Mind Map" function may lead you down a rabbit hole of new information.


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