Hi all! As part of my application to a multiple-subject credential program at California State University-- Los Angeles, I have finished writing my statement on teaching philosophy. In it, the school asked for our personal history leading up to our decision to be a teacher, our philosophy for educating students in an urban setting, and why we chose CSULA for earning our credential and a statement regarding the values of the university's education college. I have posted my finished philosophy below. Any critiques and suggestions anyone has would be greatly appreciated: "I have taught college mathematics since 2009 and am currently an adjunct instructor at CSULA and Citrus College. I recently attempted to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematics, but was not admitted to any programs. I have considered my options, and rather than continue teaching solely as an adjunct instructor with possibly limited prospects for a full- time position, I would like to expand my horizons and take a new direction in my career. One of my options is to become a high school or middle school teacher. Another possibility has occurred to me, as well: that of becoming an elementary school teacher. This option has taken root in my considerations. I have worked well with children, having tutored them in their schoolwork. I have a gentle and patient personality that has aided me in building rapport with the students I have tutored as well as with the children of my friends. In addition, I have found inspiration in my nephews, Yashua and Xavier (both are school-age and the sons of two of my closest friends). When I spend time with them, I find opportunities to teach them during our conversations. It is always an honor to do so and to see their intelligence and creativity shine. With this inspiration and my ability to teach children, I would like to earn a multiple- subject credential at Cal State LA and pursue a career as an elementary school teacher. I believe that any child can learn and that children learn best when they are encouraged, guided by a kind and effective teacher, and supported at home. It is very important that a teacher encourages a child’s parents or other family members to take an active role in the child’s education, supporting the child emotionally and academically. I want to instill in my students a love of learning and create an environment where they can discover the world around them. I would promote this with an intuitive approach to teaching concepts, the use of inquiry-based learning, and applications of concepts to individual and class projects. I would also like to make effective use of educational technology to teach my students in accordance with these values. Having taught a socioeconomically and culturally diverse population of college students (including those who are from traditionally disadvantaged ethnic backgrounds), I look for- ward to teaching an equally diverse population of children in an urban setting. My goal is to create a multicultural classroom that promotes respect and understanding of people from all walks of life. I want my teaching to meet the needs of English language learners, students with diverse learning styles, and students with disabilities, helping each child to overcome challenges and achieve their goals and dreams. I want to be a teacher who sets a foundation for a child’s success in school, in their career, and in life. I have been part of CSULA’s community since 2006, when I transferred from Citrus College to complete my Bachelor’s degree in mathematics. I went on to earn my Master’s degree and teach at CSULA. This university is my school of choice at which to earn my teaching credential. Here, I have received a consistently outstanding education. As both a student and member of the faculty here, I have seen the values of the Charter College of Education come to life in the university at large. Examples of this include the collaboration I have with the faculty in the mathematics department and the reflective practice I find in my performance being evaluated by other faculty and my students. I would implement the values of the Charter College of Education while learning about elementary education, a field I have never studied before, and, later, while teaching elementary school. It would be a privilege to continue my education at California State University– Los Angeles and take my career in a new direction of educating our nation’s children."