The Teaching Portfolio: Best Reflective Practices


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In this "best practices" presentation, I discussed how the digital teacher portfolio is an example of reflective practices in education.

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The Teaching Portfolio: Best Reflective Practices

  1. 1. The Teaching Portfolio Best Reflective Practices By Doug Strahler
  2. 2. Overview       What is a teaching portfolio? What is reflective practice? Why have a teaching portfolio? What should portfolios demonstrate? Electronic teaching portfolios Sample Teaching Portfolios
  3. 3. How many of you have a teaching portfolio?  Please put up a green check if you do
  4. 4. Definition of a Teaching Portfolio  “A teaching portfolio is a coherent set of materials, including work samples and reflective commentary on them, complied by a faculty member to inquire into and represent his or her teaching practice as related to student learning and development” Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University, n.d.
  5. 5. What is a Teaching Portfolio? Process        Reflection Narrative Analysis Goals Revisions Mentoring (Collaboration) Improvement Zubizarreta, 1995 Product      Evidence-based Selective Information Representative Data Appendix Materials Assessment/Evaluation
  6. 6. What is reflection?  “Reflection occurs when learners look back on their performance in a situation and compare their performance with some set of standards or with other performances, such as their own previous performances and those of experts” Collins & Halverson, 2009
  7. 7. Critical Component: Reflection Process Reflection as a whole Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection Reflection
  8. 8. David Kolb’s Learning Cycle The University of Iowa Center for Teaching, n.d.
  9. 9. Three Forms of Reflection 1. 2. 3. Reflection on your process Comparison of your performance with the performance of experts Comparison of your performance with a set of criteria for evaluating performance Collins & Halverson, 2009
  10. 10. What should portfolios include?    Information from oneself Information from others Products or outcomes of student learning
  11. 11. Duquesne University Center for Teaching Excellence  The Teaching Portfolio      Statement of teaching philosophy Student evaluation summary A curriculum vitae A list of post-secondary courses taught Sample course materials        Syllabi Assignments and Grading Guide Student Paper with Comments (with statement of student permission) Lesson Plan Exam or quiz Description of semester-long project Course website excerpts
  12. 12. Duquesne University Center for Teaching Excellence  The Teaching Portfolio (cont.)    List of professional interactions about teaching Documentation of classroom observation by a faculty member Writing Reflections on Teaching Materials
  13. 13. What should portfolios demonstrate?         Responsibilities Philosophy Methodologies Materials Student ratings Peer reviews Efforts to improve teaching Goals
  14. 14. Electronic Portfolios Traditional Portfolio      Collecting Selecting Reflecting Projecting Celebrating Barrett, 2005 Technology allows      Archiving Linking/Thinking Storytelling Collaborating Publishing
  15. 15. Technology Tools for Reflection      Blogs (Reflective journal) Wikis (Collaborative Web Pages) Multimedia (Digital stories & Podcasts) Interactive micro-blogging (Twitter) Social Networking Barrett & Richter, n.d.
  16. 16. Sample Teaching Portfolio
  17. 17. Final remarks     This is not a one-time collection of documents, but a process that will continue over time Reflect & Revise (Add/Subtract/Edit) Demonstrates growth & development Become a reflective practitioner
  18. 18. References Barrett, H. C. (2005). Researching Electronic Portfolios and Learner Engagement [White paper]. Retrieved from Barrett, H. C., & Richter, J. (n.d.). Technology Tools for Reflection. Retrieved from Center for Teaching Excellence, Duquesne University (n.d.). The Teaching Portfolio. Retrieved from Collins, A., & Halverson, R. (2009). Rethinking education in the age of technology. New York, NY: Teachers College Press. Harvard University Office of Career Services. (2010). Teaching Portfolios. Retrieved from keyword=k1985&pageid=icb.page29708 The University of Iowa Center for Teaching (n.d.). David Kolb’s Learning Cycle. Retrieved from Zubizarreta, J. (1995). The Teaching Portfolio: Reflective Practice for Improvement and Assessment of Teaching [White paper]. Retrieved from