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Teaching Portfolio

A teaching portfolio is an important tool for a teacher to have in the education field. A teacher can outline his or her accomplishments within their portfolio in order to gain a higher-level position in the work force. Most portfolios include a range of evidence from different sources to back up the teacher’s work ethic. Sources include samples of student work, self-reflections, syllabi outlining course material, and reports on classroom research.

There are numerous materials that every teacher should place into their portfolio. A teaching philosophy statement and a statement concerning responsibilities (i.e., course titles, numbers, student demographics, how courses were taught, and how these fit into the overall goals of the department) are vital components of any portfolio. Moreover, it is best to describe steps taken to improve teaching, and how non-traditional education settings, such as special help sessions, played a role in the teacher’s work.

EducatorsEducators should also include material from other individuals when constructing their teaching portfolio. Examples include student course evaluation data, statements from colleagues and other faculty team members, student feedback on the instructor, or other honors and accolades, which reflect a positive overview of the educator.

Teachers should also compile materials relating to how their student’s performed in the classroom and how the educator contributed to their growth. Samples of student’s work with feedback from the teacher show how the pupils have performed over a given period of time and how the instructor dealt with individual situations. A teacher should also include any student journal submissions that have been compiled over the school year. Scores on tests, department exams, and national exams should also be included to reflect the success of the educator’s classroom methods. In addition, any classroom tapes or videos showing how the teacher went about his or her methods are always a good way to build rapport with others who are looking over a teaching portfolio.

One of the most important components of this material is

 the personal statement from the educator, which outlines the instructor’s mission and how they will adapt or modify their methods when changes arise in the field. This statement should include thoughts on the teacher’s role in different environments; how the educator’s methods fit within the overall teaching role; and how these methods have been modified in response to student attitude, course materials, or curriculum alterations.

A teaching portfolio as mentioned should take student feedback into account. A student evaluation on how the course was taught and what they learned from the course is an important part of the material. An instructor should analyze these comments to see who enjoyed the course and who did not. These comments can also be sorted by a student’s GPA or the expected grade a student intends to receive for the course. This process of analyzing student feedback may help to explain or balance out any negative comments a teacher may have received.

There is a lot of information and data an educator has to assemble when putting together their teaching portfolio. This important tool helps others get a better view of how the teacher has performed in the past across a wide spectrum of educational settings. A teaching portfolio is a step toward a more open, professional view of teaching and reflects the practice as an academic activity. When it comes to deciding how a portfolio should be put together, institutions should focus on what exactly is effective teaching, and what kinds of standards factor into the practice of teaching. A portfolio should only include the things, which document the teacher’s practice, and not an exhaustive overview of every detail in the education.

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