CTD WEEKLY WORKSHOPS:WRITING A SUCCESSFULTEACHING STATEMENTPeter NewburyCenter for Teaching Development,University of Cali...
End of grad school/postdoc = stress!2defensethesisResearch StatementTeaching Statementjob searchfunding/grantsCVreferences...
Job announcementsWriting a Successful Teaching Statement3Most job announcements require applicants to submit a“Teaching St...
“A Teaching what ?”4Teaching PortfolioTeachingStatementTeaching Philosophy• Teaching Statement• Statement of Teaching• Sta...
Purpose of a Teaching PortfolioWriting a Successful Teaching Statement5 Collect in one place all your evidence of teachin...
“A Teaching what ?”6Teaching PortfolioTeachingStatementTeaching Philosophy• Teaching Statement• Statement of Teaching• Sta...
Purpose of a Teaching PhilosophyWriting a Successful Teaching Statement7 Thesis statement for a broader teaching portfoli...
“A Teaching what ?”8Teaching PortfolioTeachingStatementTeaching Philosophyalso known as…• Statement of Teaching• Statement...
Purpose of a Teaching StatementWriting a Successful Teaching Statement9 Be hired in your desired position Demonstrate th...
A Teaching Statement gives…Writing a Successful Teaching Statement10 Your conception of how learning occurs A descriptio...
Vanderbilt CfT Teaching Statement inwordle, with keywords only11http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5884593/Teacing_Statement_...
Vanderbilt CfT Teaching Statement inwordle, all words12http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5884639/Teaching_Statement_content_...
Example - MathematicsWriting a Successful Teaching Statement13During my years of tutoring and teaching, I’ve learned thatt...
Example – Women’s StudiesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement14My teaching philosophy is reflective of my overallcommit...
How do I get all this…into that?15LEGO image: wrenfieldrambling.blogspot.comShuttle image: itsfullofstars.tumblr.comWritin...
Step 1Writing a Successful Teaching Statement16sit and think Step 1sit and thinkJust a thought by gintoxin78 on flickr (CC)
Discussion questionWriting a Successful Teaching Statement17Which of these do you feel is your primary role as aneducator?...
Writing a Successful Teaching StatementTeaching Goals Inventory (Excerpt)© 1993 Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross.tin...
General GuidelinesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement19 Make your Teaching Statement brief and wellwritten. While Tea...
General GuidelinesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement20 Make it specific rather than abstract. Ground yourideas in 1-...
General GuidelinesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement21 Try not to simply repeat what is in your CV. TeachingStatemen...
General GuidelinesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement22 Customize for the Department you’re applying to:“I would be e...
General GuidelinesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement23 Formatting: do everything you can to make it easyfor the hiri...
KEY Guideline:Writing a Successful Teaching Statement24 You need a kick a** opening paragraph! What distinguishes you fr...
Five major components (Chism, 1998)Writing a Successful Teaching Statement251. Conceptualization of learningHow do people ...
Write, rubric, revise, rubric, revise…26Goals for student learningEnactment of goals (teaching method)Assessment of goals ...
You’ve drafted it. Now what?Writing a Successful Teaching Statement271. Get someone you trust in your discipline to read i...
Resources28 Center for Research on Learning and TeachingUniversity of Michiganwww.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstptsTeachi...
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Writing a Successful Teaching Statement

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Weekly Workshop: Teaching statements

  1. 1. CTD WEEKLY WORKSHOPS:WRITING A SUCCESSFULTEACHING STATEMENTPeter NewburyCenter for Teaching Development,University of California, San Diegopnewbury@ucsd.edu @polarisdotcactd.ucsd.edu #ctducsdresources: http://tinyurl.com/TeachingStatementsSp13Tuesday, May 28, 201311:00 am Center Hall, Room 316
  2. 2. End of grad school/postdoc = stress!2defensethesisResearch StatementTeaching Statementjob searchfunding/grantsCVreferencespublish thesis in journalmovingvisa/immigrationWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
  3. 3. Job announcementsWriting a Successful Teaching Statement3Most job announcements require applicants to submit a“Teaching Statement”
  4. 4. “A Teaching what ?”4Teaching PortfolioTeachingStatementTeaching Philosophy• Teaching Statement• Statement of Teaching• Statement of TeachingPhilosophy• and more…Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  5. 5. Purpose of a Teaching PortfolioWriting a Successful Teaching Statement5 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
  6. 6. “A Teaching what ?”6Teaching PortfolioTeachingStatementTeaching Philosophy• Teaching Statement• Statement of Teaching• Statement of TeachingPhilosophy• and more…Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  7. 7. Purpose of a Teaching PhilosophyWriting a Successful Teaching Statement7 Thesis statement for a broader teaching portfolio Helps tie together and synthesize evidences Demonstrate that you are reflective aboutyour teaching Communicate your goals and actions As you revise, it may shape how you teach Help you set goals for professional growth
  8. 8. “A Teaching what ?”8Teaching PortfolioTeachingStatementTeaching Philosophyalso known as…• Statement of Teaching• Statement of TeachingPhilosophy• and more…Writing a Successful Teaching Statement
  9. 9. Purpose of a Teaching StatementWriting a Successful Teaching Statement9 Be hired in your desired position Demonstrate that you are reflective aboutyour teaching Communicate your goals and actions Thesis statement for a broader teaching portfolio, ifone will be included in your application
  10. 10. A Teaching Statement gives…Writing a Successful Teaching Statement10 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 learningenvironment Your interests in new techniques, activities, and types oflearningcft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/
  11. 11. Vanderbilt CfT Teaching Statement inwordle, with keywords only11http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5884593/Teacing_Statement_content_from_Vanderbilt_CfT_-_keywords_onlyWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
  12. 12. Vanderbilt CfT Teaching Statement inwordle, all words12http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5884639/Teaching_Statement_content_from_Vanderbilt_CfT_-_all_wordsWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
  13. 13. Example - MathematicsWriting a Successful Teaching Statement13During my years of tutoring and teaching, I’ve learned thatthere is no such thing as “obvious” in mathematics. Each student learns inhis or her own unique way, and it takes a patient, creative instructor tomotivate and educate an entire class, whether it is populated bybudding mathematicians or students trying to satisfy a generaleducation requirement. In the classroom, I try to illustrate key pointsusing geometric, algebraic, and quantitative reasoning, and mylecturing is broken up by applied problems and projects that studentswork on in a small group environment. I view an instructor’s role outsideof class to be just as important as his or her role in class. I hold as manyas ten office hours a week in order to fill in students’ gaps in bothcurrent material and course prerequisites, and I also encouragestudents to come to my office to discuss challenge problems.Count thenumber of I,me, my,…www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpum
  14. 14. Example – Women’s StudiesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement14My teaching philosophy is reflective of my overallcommitment to social justice and change through education. As afacilitator in the learning process, I pay attention to classroomdynamics and seek to create a supportive environment forstudents, within which they feel safe taking risks and makingmistakes. Similarly, I see my own role not as infallible expert, butas someone engaged in reciprocal learning and dialogue withstudents. Within the classroom, I actively involve students inexperiential application of sociological concepts and theories.Count thenumber of I,me, my,…www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpum
  15. 15. How do I get all this…into that?15LEGO image: wrenfieldrambling.blogspot.comShuttle image: itsfullofstars.tumblr.comWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
  16. 16. Step 1Writing a Successful Teaching Statement16sit and think Step 1sit and thinkJust a thought by gintoxin78 on flickr (CC)
  17. 17. Discussion questionWriting a Successful Teaching Statement17Which of these do you feel is your primary role as aneducator?A) Teaching students facts and principles of the subjectB) Helping students develop basic learning skillsC) Helping students develop higher-order thinking skillsD) Preparing students for jobs/careersE) Being a role model for students
  18. 18. Writing a Successful Teaching StatementTeaching Goals Inventory (Excerpt)© 1993 Thomas A. Angelo and K. Patricia Cross.tinyurl.com/TeachingGoalsInventoryPlease rate the importance of each of the […] goals listed below to the specific course you have selected. Assess each goalsimportance to what you deliberately aim to have your students accomplish, rather than the goals general worthiness or overallimportance to your institutions 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 – a goal you never try to achieve(2) unimportant – a goal you rarely try to achieve(3) important – a goal you sometimes try to achieve(4) very important – a goal you often try to achieve(5) essential – 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 sciences18
  19. 19. General GuidelinesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement19 Make your Teaching Statement brief and wellwritten. While Teaching Statements are probablylonger at the tenure level (i.e. 3-5 pages or more),for hiring purposes they are typically 1-2 pages inlength. Use narrative, first-person approach. This allows theTeaching Statement to be both personal andreflective. Be sincere and unique. Avoid clichés, especially onesabout how much passion you have for teaching.cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/
  20. 20. General GuidelinesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement20 Make it specific rather than abstract. Ground yourideas in 1-2 concrete examples, whetherexperienced or anticipated. This will help the readerto better visualize you in the classroom. Be discipline specific. Do not ignore your research.Explain how you advance your field throughteaching. Avoid jargon and technical terms, as they can beoff-putting to some readers.cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/
  21. 21. General GuidelinesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement21 Try not to simply repeat what is in your CV. TeachingStatements are not exhaustive documents and shouldbe used to complement other materials for the hiringor tenure processes. Be humble. Mention students in an enthusiastic, notcondescending way, and illustrate your willingness tolearn from your students and colleagues. Revise. Teaching is an evolving, reflective process,and Teaching Statements can be adapted andchanged as necessary.cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/
  22. 22. General GuidelinesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement22 Customize for the Department you’re applying to:“I would be excited to teach introductory courseslike your MATH 10A and MATH 20B.”“With my research background, I would be ableto teach graduate-level courses in Europeanhistory like HIST 554.” Remove UCSD-specific acronyms like UCSD, CAPE,SIO, SE, MAE, CSE,…
  23. 23. General GuidelinesWriting a Successful Teaching Statement23 Formatting: do everything you can to make it easyfor the hiring committee members to read your doc: Put a header on each page with your name, sothat the reader can easily associate yourawesome words with your name full justification gives your doc a polished look check your PDF very carefully for .docx to .pdfconversion problems (esp. with bullet points)
  24. 24. KEY Guideline:Writing a Successful Teaching Statement24 You need a kick a** opening paragraph! What distinguishes you from everyone else applying? Why will the hiring committee remember your teachingstatement? Give them something to remember you by! Imagine the hiring committee only reads the 1stparagraph carefully and skims the rest. Hit ‘em withyour best stuff right away – don’t save it for theconcluding paragraph. It’s okay to spend extra (way too much) time on the 1stparagraph – it could get you (or cost you) the job
  25. 25. Five major components (Chism, 1998)Writing a Successful Teaching Statement251. Conceptualization of learningHow do people learn?2. Conceptualization of teachingHow do I facilitate that learning?3. Goals for studentsContent and skills4. Implementation of philosophyWhat do I do in the classroom? Does it work?5. Professional growth planHow have I grown, and how will I grow in the future?www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpts
  26. 26. Write, rubric, revise, rubric, revise…26Goals for student learningEnactment of goals (teaching method)Assessment of goals (measuring student learning)Creating an inclusive learning environmentStructure, rhetoric and languageExcellentNeedsWork Weakwww.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstptsWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
  27. 27. You’ve drafted it. Now what?Writing a Successful Teaching Statement271. Get someone you trust in your discipline to read it. Their familiarity with the subject may catch errorsspecific to your field (eg, field work in geophysics)2. Get someone you trust NOT in your discipline toread it. When they ask you what something means, it forces youto think carefully and concisely about the concept. People beyond the hiring-Department (eg, FacultyDean) may read it
  28. 28. Resources28 Center for Research on Learning and TeachingUniversity of Michiganwww.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstptsTeaching statement samples: www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpum Center for TeachingVanderbilt Universitycft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/ McGraw Center for Teaching and LearningPrinceton Universitywww.princeton.edu/mcgraw/library/for-grad-students/teaching-statement Center for the Advancement of TeachingOhio State Universityucat.osu.edu/teaching_portfolio/philosophy/philosophy2.html Center for Teaching DevelopmentUniversity of California, San Diegoctd.ucsd.eduWriting a Successful Teaching Statement
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