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  • 1. slides and resources: ctd.ucsd.edu/programs/fall-2013-weekly-workshops/ CTD WEEKLY WORKSHOPS: WRITING A SUCCESSFUL TEACHING STATEMENT Peter Newbury Center for Teaching Development, University of California, San Diego pnewbury@ucsd.edu @polarisdotca ctd.ucsd.edu #ctducsd Wednesday, December 11, 2013 12:00 – 12:50 pm Center Hall, Room 316
  • 2. End of grad school/postdoc = stress! 2 visa/immigration publish thesis in journal thesis job search moving defense funding/grants Research Statement Teaching Statement Writing a Successful Teaching Statement CV references
  • 3. Job announcements 3 Most job announcements require applicants to submit a “Teaching Statement” http://academicaffairs.ucsd.edu/aps/adeo/recruitment /jobdetails.asp?PositionNumber=10-592 Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 4. “A Teaching what ?” 4 Teaching Portfolio Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 5. Purpose of a Teaching Portfolio 5  Collect in one place all your evidence of teaching  teaching philosophy  teaching statement  evaluations (like CAPE)  examples of your work: slide deck, assignments, exams  Feedback from students, colleagues, bosses  start collecting NOW Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 6. “A Teaching what ?” 6 Teaching Portfolio Teaching Philosophy Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 7. Purpose of a Teaching Philosophy 7  Thesis statement for a broader teaching portfolio  Helps tie together and synthesize evidences  Demonstrate that you are reflective about your teaching  Communicate your goals and actions  As you revise, it may shape how you teach  Help you set goals for professional growth Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 8. “A Teaching what ?” 8 Teaching Portfolio Teaching Philosophy Teaching Statement Writing a Successful Teaching Statement also known as… • Statement of Teaching • Statement of Teaching Philosophy • and more…
  • 9. Purpose of a Teaching Statement 9  Be hired in your desired position  Demonstrate that you are reflective about your teaching  Communicate your goals and actions  Thesis statement for a broader teaching portfolio, if one will be included in your application Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 10. A Teaching Statement gives… cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/ 10  Your conception of how learning occurs  A description of how your teaching facilitates learning  A reflection of why you teach the way you do  The goals you have for yourself and for your students  How your teaching enacts your beliefs and goals  What, for you, constitutes evidence of student learning  The ways in which you create an inclusive learning environment  Your interests in new techniques, activities, and types of learning Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 11. Vanderbilt CfT Teaching Statement in wordle, with keywords only 11 http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5884593/Teacing_Statement_content_from_Vander Writingbilt_CfT_-_keywords_only a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 12. Vanderbilt CfT Teaching Statement in wordle, all words 12 http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5884639/Teaching_Statement_content_from_Vande rbilt_CfT_-_all_words Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 13. Example - Linguistics Count the number of I, me, my,… www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpum 13 I hope to engender in my students the same enthusiasm for the study of language that I possess myself, and to foster an interest in linguistics that motivates them to consider further study. In my classes, I create a relaxed and stimulating learning environment that attempts to build relationships that close the ‘gap’ between teacher and student, thus ensuring my students are comfortable sharing their thoughts, knowledge and experiences. I aim to both encourage critical thinking about the complexities of language and its daily use, and to help students develop analytical and argumentative skills, even in an Introduction to Linguistics class. These are skills I believe will serve them well, complementing the content knowledge needed to be a successful linguist, regardless of whether these skills are ultimately applied within the field. When I am instructor of record at the University of California, San Diego, I use peer instruction with clickers and portable whiteboards to support a flipped classroom in which prepared students actively engage with the content and skills and with their peers, an approach that enables students to reach detailed learning outcomes specified at the beginning of the course. Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 14. 14 Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 15. How do I get all this…into that? 15 Writing a Successful Teaching Statement LEGO image: wrenfieldrambling.blogspot.com Shuttle image: itsfullofstars.tumblr.com
  • 16. Step 1 16 sit and think Just a thought Teaching Statement Writing a Successful by gintoxin78 on flickr (CC) Step 1 sit and think
  • 17. Discussion question 17 Which of these do you feel is your primary role as an educator? A) Teaching students facts and principles of the subject B) Helping students develop basic learning skills C) Helping students develop higher-order thinking skills D) Preparing students for jobs/careers E) Being a role model for students Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 18. Teaching Goals Inventory (Excerpt) © 1993 Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross. tinyurl.com/TeachingGoalsInventory Please rate the importance of each of the […] goals listed below to the specific course you have selected. Assess each goal's importance to what you deliberately aim to have your students accomplish, rather than the goal's general worthiness or overall importance to your institution's mission. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers; only personally more or less accurate ones. Indicate whether each goal you rate is: (1) not applicable (2) unimportant (3) important (4) very important (5) essential – a goal you never try to achieve – a goal you rarely try to achieve – a goal you sometimes try to achieve – a goal you often try to achieve – a goal you always/nearly always try to achieve (1) (2) (3) (4) (5) Goal      17. Improve mathematical skills      18. Learn terms and facts of this subject      19. Learn concepts and theories in this subject      20. Develop skill in using materials, tools, and/or technology central to this subject      21. Learn to understand perspectives and values of this subject      22. Prepare for transfer or graduate study      23. Learn techniques and methods used to gain new knowledge in this subject      24. Learn to evaluate methods and materials in this subject      25. Learn to appreciate important contributions to this subject      26. Develop an appreciation of the liberal arts and sciences Writing a Successful Teaching Statement ctd.ucsd.edu Center for Teaching Development, UCSD
  • 19. General Guidelines cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/ 19  Make your Teaching Statement brief and well written, typically 1-2 pages in length.  Use narrative, first-person approach. This allows the Teaching Statement to be both personal and reflective.  Be sincere and unique. Avoid clichés, especially ones about how much passion you have for teaching. Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 20. General Guidelines cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/ 20  Make it specific rather than abstract. Ground your ideas in 1-2 concrete examples, whether experienced or anticipated. This will help the reader to better visualize you in the classroom.  Be discipline specific. Do not ignore your research. Explain how you advance your field through teaching.  Avoid jargon and technical terms, as they can be off-putting to some readers. Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 21. General Guidelines cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/ 21  Try not to simply repeat what is in your CV. Teaching Statements are not exhaustive documents and should be used to complement other materials for the hiring or tenure processes.  Be humble. Mention students in an enthusiastic, not condescending way, and illustrate your willingness to learn from your students and colleagues.  Revise. Teaching is an evolving, reflective process, and Teaching Statements can be adapted and changed as necessary. Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 22. General Guidelines 22  Customize for the Department you’re applying to: “I would be excited to teach introductory courses like your MATH 10A and MATH 20B.” “With my research background, I would be able to teach graduate-level courses in European history like HIST 554.”  Remove UCSD-specific acronyms like UCSD, CAPE, SIO, SE, MAE, HIEU, SSPPS,… Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 23. General Guidelines 23  Formatting: do everything you can to make it easy for the hiring committee members to read your doc:  Add a header with your name, so that the reader can easily associate your awesome words with your name  full justification gives your doc a polished look  check your PDF very carefully for .docx to .pdf conversion problems (esp. with bullet points) Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 24. KEY Guideline: 24  You need a kick a** opening paragraph!  What distinguishes you from everyone else applying?  Why will the hiring committee remember your teaching statement? Give them something to remember you by!  Imagine the hiring committee only reads the 1st paragraph carefully and skims the rest. Hit ‘em with your best stuff right away – don’t save it for the concluding paragraph.  It’s okay to spend extra (way too much) time on the 1st paragraph – it could get you (or cost you) the job Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 25. First paragraph rubric: Write, rubric, revise, rubric, revise… 25 Weak description of teaching experience candidate stands out format, layout, rhetoric, language “Who’s this again?” Writing a Successful Teaching Statement Acceptable Strong
  • 26. Five major components (Chism, 1998) www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpts 26 1. Conceptualization of learning How do people learn? 2. Conceptualization of teaching How do I facilitate that learning? 3. Goals for students Content and skills 4. Implementation of philosophy What do I do in the classroom? Does it work? 5. Professional growth plan How have I grown, and how will I grow in the future? Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 27. Teaching Statement rubric: Write, rubric, revise, rubric, revise… 27 Excellent Needs Work www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpts Goals for student learning Enactment of goals (teaching method) Assessment of goals (measuring student learning) Creating an inclusive learning environment Structure, rhetoric and language Writing a Successful Teaching Statement Weak
  • 28. You’ve drafted it. Now what? 28 1. Ask someone you trust IN YOUR DISCIPLINE to read it.  Their familiarity with the subject may catch errors specific to your field (eg, field work in geophysics) 2. Ask someone you trust NOT in your discipline to read it.  When they ask you what something means, it forces you to think carefully and concisely about the concept.  People beyond the hiring-Department (eg, Faculty Dean) may read it Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  • 29. Resources 29  Center for Research on Learning and Teaching University of Michigan www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpts Teaching statement samples: www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpum  Center for Teaching Vanderbilt University cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/  McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning Princeton University www.princeton.edu/mcgraw/library/for-grad-students/teaching-statement  Center for the Advancement of Teaching Ohio State University ucat.osu.edu/teaching_portfolio/philosophy/philosophy2.html  Center for Teaching Development University of California, San Diego ctd.ucsd.edu Writing a Successful Teaching Statement