Assessing Teaching - Teaching Portfolios
Constructing a portfolio:
Material from the teacher:
- Teaching responsibilities
- Reflective statement, teaching philosophy
- Faith perspective
- Curricular and pedagogical innovations, assessment of innovations
- Assignments, and assignment purposes
- Course materials developed
- List of teaching enhancement programs participated in, results
- Grants and research related to teaching
- Pedagogical impact of scholarship
- Teaching goals for next few years
- Committee work related to teaching
- Copies of feedback from professor to student
- Descriptions of student successes
Materials from others:
- Student evaluations
- Student products
- Other evidence of student learning
- Peer classroom visits
- Student/alumni statements about instruction and mentoring
- Letters from student supervisors, graduate schools, etc.
- Information related to teaching related publications
Compiled by Claudia Beversluis, Calvin College
Guidelines for a reflective statement:
From Peter Seldin, The Teaching Portfolio
- What is your greatest strength as a teacher? Why?
- What is the one thing you would most like to change about your teaching? Have you taken any steps to bring about this change?
- What has been your most significant teaching accomplishment?
- What new teaching strategies have you tried in the last year?
- What did you learn from the strategies that succeeded? From the ones that did not?
- What do your syllabi say about your teaching style?
- How do you motivate superstar students? How do you motivate those who are struggling?
- How would you describe the feeling between you and your students?
- What are the three most important things that new teachers in your discipline should know to be effective teachers?
- How would you describe your attitude toward teaching? Has it changed in recent years? In what ways?