Documenting Your Teaching

Documenting teaching is the process of collecting information about one’s teaching practice. Reflections, evaluations, and documents of one’s teaching can be carefully organized and presented for many purposes including: instructional development, promotion/tenure, job market dossier, or to share one’s legacy. These documents often are assembled in a teaching portfolio, which can be digital or paper. Growth in teaching and displays of successes and challenges occur when these documents are carefully reviewed and reflected upon.
Various items can be included in one’s portfolio and should be arranged to suit the audience and purpose intended. It can include selections of the sections listed below, and each section should contain reflective statements that are supported by evidence.
  1. Teaching responsibilities
  2. Teaching philosophy
  3. Teaching objectives, strategies, and methods
  4. Description of teaching materials (course instruction materials)
  5. Efforts to improve teaching
    1. Curricular revisions
    2. Teaching conferences and workshops
    3. Innovations in teaching
  6. Student ratings on diagnostic or summative questions (from several courses)
  7. Review of teaching materials
  8. Classroom observations
  9. Evidence of student learning
  10. Teaching goals
  11. Appendices


CTAL offers resources to guide faculty and Teaching Assistants through the process of effectively documenting their instructional development. This includes reviewing teaching documentation, formative reviewing of classroom teaching and providing consultations on developing a teaching statement (or philosophy).