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?
- A Teaching Statement
- 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
- 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
- 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
- Honors, Awards, Recognitions, and scholarship on your pedagogy