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Teaching Portfolios: What are they and how do I put one together? September 14, 2004 Presenter : Tine Reimers [email protected] What’s a Teaching Portfolio?

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Teaching Portfolios:What are they and how do I put one together?

September 14, 2004

Presenter: Tine Reimers

[email protected]


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What’s a Teaching Portfolio?

An arrangement of organized, representative materials related to your professional practice (teaching) and explained by your teaching statement.


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What should be in a Teaching Portfolio?

  • Material from yourself

  • Material from others

  • Student products

    (Peter Seldin, The Teaching Portfolio)


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Seldin: Material from Yourself

  • Statement of teaching responsibilities, history

  • Reflective teaching statement

  • Goals statement

  • Representative syllabi

  • Professional development opportunities taken

  • Self-evaluation of materials: explanation of supporting documents


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Seldin: Material from Others

  • Observation statements from colleagues

  • Materials reviews from colleagues

  • Student evaluations and comments

  • Honors, other recognitions for teaching

  • Invitations to teach, to lead seminars on teaching

  • Documentation of teaching development

  • Videotape of a class


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Seldin: Student Products

  • Samples of student work

  • Student scores on common exams

  • Information about effect on student careers, majors

  • Alumni statements

  • Student publications

  • Examples of graded essays


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Your

teaching

role &

objectives

How you

teach

(method, techniques)

Evidence of student success & learning

Document

your teaching

with…

What

students

observe

Your efforts to

grow &

improve

What

colleagues

observe

Center for Effective Teaching and Learning UTEP 2003


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What’s the Role of the Teaching Statement?

  • Communicates your enthusiasm and commitment to teaching

  • Expresses your beliefs and values about teaching, learning, and students.

  • Tells the “story” of your teaching: past, present, future.

  • Points to evidence of your teaching success

  • Serves as the DOORWAY to your whole teaching portfolio


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Writing a Philosophy of Teaching Statement

  • Decide what “story” you need to tell

  • Be clear about what kind of classes/students you teach

  • Address disciplinary realities

  • Address readers not in your discipline

  • Describe what you do to get students to learn

  • Explain the challenges students have in your discipline/your class


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Questions to ask yourself as you prepare your statement

  • What’s your “story”?

    • How did you get into teaching—why are you engaged in this profession?

    • What do you love best about teaching—i.e., when is it most rewarding?


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Questions to ask yourself (cont.)

  • How do you want your students to change as a result of your classes?

    • what new things should they be able to do, say, and know?

  • Who are your students?

    • what are their strengths coming into your program?

    • what are their needs? How do they learn best?

    • what are the challenges of teaching in your discipline?


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Questions to ask yourself (cont.)

  • What strategies do you employ to help students learn?

    • What does a typical class look like?

    • What do your assignments look like?


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Questions to ask yourself (cont.)

  • What’s your evidence that you are effective in getting students to learn?

    (See handout on documenting teaching and learning…)


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Questions to ask yourself (cont.)

  • What have you learned along the way?

  • How has what you’ve learned changed your teaching?

  • How can you document those changes?


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Questions to ask yourself (cont.)

  • What efforts have you made to improve your teaching?

    • Scholarly/research efforts

    • developmental efforts

  • How have you documented these efforts?


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Questions to ask yourself (cont.)

  • Where do you want to go now?

  • What’s exciting in the future?

  • What do you want to tackle next in your teaching?


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Your Teaching Statement needs to

  • Communicate your enthusiasm and commitment to teaching

  • Express your beliefs and values about teaching, learning, and students

  • Tell the “story” of your teaching: past, present, future

  • Point to evidence of your teaching success

  • Serve as the DOORWAY to your whole teaching portfolio


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Teaching statements are a “work in progress”

  • Revise your statement often—as you teach new courses, you change and grow.

  • Get others to read your statement before submitting for evaluation of any kind.

  • Look for opportunities to document what you say in your statement: make your statement the door to your portfolio.


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Mundane Issues for Organization

  • Organize materials for ease of reading

    • Table of contents, indexes, explanations, clearly labeled sections, appendices

  • Pay attention to durability

    • Binders, plastic sleeves…

  • Keep copies of originals

  • Keep it short

  • Keep it representative


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Resources

  • Ask for and study portfolios from successful candidates

  • Visit our portfolio website:

    http://cetal.utep.edu/resources/portfolios/

  • Make an appointment to talk about your statement, portfolio…


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