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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

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
What’s a Teaching Portfolio?

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

what should be in a teaching portfolio
What should be in a Teaching Portfolio?
  • Material from yourself
  • Material from others
  • Student products

(Peter Seldin, The Teaching Portfolio)

seldin material from yourself
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
seldin material from others
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
seldin student products
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

what s the role of the teaching statement
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
writing a philosophy of teaching statement
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
questions to ask yourself as you prepare your statement
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?
questions to ask yourself cont
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?
questions to ask yourself cont12
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?
questions to ask yourself cont13
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…)

questions to ask yourself cont14
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?
questions to ask yourself cont15
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?
questions to ask yourself cont16
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?
your teaching statement needs to
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
teaching statements are a work in progress
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.
mundane issues for organization
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
resources
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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