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-Teaching portfolio is a collection of material over an extended period of time that demonstrate the full range of your ability as a college teacher. It contains the factual description of a professor’s teaching strengths and accomplishments, materials that collectively suggest the scope and quality of performance. (combining the definitions by Urbach, 1992, Murray, 1994, and Seldin, 1997)
-Teaching Philosopy is one component of the Teaching Portfolio to Document Teaching Effectiveness. According to CTL, it depicts what teaching means to you in your own professional development, and what your learning and developmental objectives are in relationship to the students in your class.
-A few reflection cues for writing teaching philosophy:
· Why do I teach the way I do?
· Why am I a teacher?
· What motivated me?
· What’s my personal definition and what experience formed that?
· What do I believe?
· What do I want my students to gain?
· Why do I use the methods/assignments I use?
· What synonym for teacher would accurately describe what I believe myself to be, or what I would like to be, for students?
· A description of materials that have helped to form your beliefs about teaching and learning.
· Materials that demonstrate your growth and change in your thinking about teaching and learning.
· The basics & generic: What we’ve learnt and discussed so far (in addition to the love of teaching)
· Step 1: Begin with the end.
· Step 2: Make distinctions
· Step 3: Be specific:
· Step 4: Cite your sources:
· Most importantly: Take time and effort to work on it