Teaching Portfolio

Teaching Portfolio

A Teaching portfolio allows you to:

  • Clarify and refine teaching practices.
  • Define your personal style of teaching.
  • Reflect on your journey as a teacher.
  • Focus on the learning process and attainment of course goals.
  • Justify to yourself and others the reasons why you teach the way you do.

How do you create a teaching portfolio?

  • Collect teaching-related materials.
  • Regularly sort and select best evidence of your teaching effectiveness. Try to choose a range of materials from different teaching environments.
  • Reflect on the selected documentation, and give a fair presentation of yourself.
  • Make sure all pieces of evidence are accompanied by an explanation and description of the context.

When developing your teaching portfolio, reflect on these questions:

  • Why do you teach?
  • How do you teach?
  • How do you assess the effectiveness of your teaching?

What should a teaching portfolio include?

  1. A Teaching Statement
  2. Documentation of Teaching
    • List of courses taught and/or TAed with enrollments and descriptions
    • Syllabi and course materials that you developed
    • Video tapes of your teaching
  3. Documentation of Teaching Effectiveness
    • Summarized and contextualized student evaluations of teaching
    • Written comments from students on class evaluations
    • Comments from peer observer or colleague
    • Statements from colleagues in the department or elsewhere, regarding the preparation of students for advanced work
    • Letters from students, preferably unsolicited
    • Letters from course head, division head or chairperson
  4. Activities to Improve Instruction
    • Participation in seminars or professional meetings on teaching
    • Re-design of courses
    • Use of new methods of teaching or assessing learning
    • Description of instructional improvement projects developed or carried out
  5. Honors, Awards, Recognitions, and scholarship on your pedagogy

Resources

Developing an Effective Teaching Portfolio from the Chronicle of Higher Education
Teaching Portfolio resource site from the University of Vanderbilt Center for Teaching

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