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What is a teaching portfolio?
- An organized collection of documents and other materials that demonstrate who you are as a teacher—a way to make teaching visible beyond the classroom. Can be electronic or paper.
What are they used for?
- Can be formative or summative.
- Formative portfolios help you reflect on your teaching, look at what you’re doing, possibly share and discuss with a mentor. It’s a place to collect your work for your own purposes, set goals and keep track of your own progress as a teacher.
- Summative portfolios are tools in your professional career—job applications, promotions, awards.
What’s in them?
- Title page (home page in an electronic version)
- Table of contents
- Description of teaching responsibilities
- Statement of teaching philosophy
- Descriptions of teaching workshops you’ve attended
- Sample syllabus
- Examples of how your teaching embodies your philosophy—student work, exercises you do with students, pictures, videos (if available)
- Ways you assess your teaching (evaluations, observations)