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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
  • Syllabi
  • 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?