SUCCESSFUL TEACHING STATEMENT Peter Newbury Center for Teaching Development firstname.lastname@example.org @polarisdotcaAdapted from presi by Cynthia Lee (CSE, UCSD). Also, University of Michigan,Vanderbilt University, and others…Slides available at http://ctd.ucsd.edu/2012/11/writing-a-teaching-statement-again/ October 18, 2012 and November 29, 2012 12:00 – 12:50 pm Center Hall Rm 217B
Overview2 Purpose and structure of teaching statements Format and components Practical considerations A few examples Sketch out your own teaching statements Share and peer critique
End of grad school = stress3 visa/immigration publish thesis in journ thesis job search moving defense funding/grants Research Statement CV Teaching Statement references
Job announcements4 Most job announcements require applicants to submit a “Teaching Statement”
“Teaching what?”5 Teaching Portfolio Teaching Philosophy • Teaching Statement Teaching • Statement of Teaching Stateme • Statement of Teaching nt Philosophy • and more…
Purpose of a Teaching Portfolio6 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 ASAP
Purpose of a Teaching7 Philosophy 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
Purpose of a Teaching8 Statement 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
Teaching Goals Inventory9 Take a few minutes to rate goals 1 – 10 Full survey at tinyurl.com/TeachingGoalsInventory 1. Goal
A Teaching Statement gives…10 o Your conception of how learning occurs o A description of how your teaching facilitates student learning o A reflection of why you teach the way you do o The goals you have for yourself and for your students o How your teaching enacts your beliefs and goals o What, for you, constitutes evidence of student learning o The ways in which you create an inclusive learning environment o Your interests in new techniques, activities, and cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/
Vanderbilt CfT Teaching Statement11 in wordle, with keywords only http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5884593/Teacing_Statement_content_from_Va nderbilt_CfT_-_keywords_only
Vanderbilt CfT Teaching Statement12 in wordle, all words http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5884639/Teaching_Statement_content_from_V anderbilt_CfT_-_all_words
ExampleI subscribe to the cognitive theory ofconstructivism. That is, I’ve found that studentsdon’t understand things deeply until they havetime for “reflective abstraction” - a periodwhere students pause, think back on what theyhave been told, and build in their own minds apicture of the concept. I thus believe that agood question, one which forces students toreflect on what they’ve absorbed, is worth atleast five or ten minutes of lecture, so I employSocratic discourse to help students workthrough the material for themselves.
General Guidelines14 o Make your Teaching Statement brief and well written. While Teaching Statements are probably longer at the tenure level (i.e. 3-5 pages or more), for hiring purposes they are typically 1-2 pages in length. o Use narrative, first-person approach. This allows the Teaching Statement to be both personal and reflective. o Be sincere and unique. Avoid clichés, especially ones about how much passion you have for cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/
General Guidelines15 o 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. o Be discipline specific. Do not ignore your research. Explain how you advance your field through teaching. o Avoid jargon and technical terms, as they can be off-putting to some readers. cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/
General Guidelines16 o 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. o Be humble. Mention students in an enthusiastic, not condescending way, and illustrate your willingness to learn from your students and colleagues. o Revise. Teaching is an evolving, reflective process,cft.vanderbilt.edu/teaching-guides/reflecting/teaching-statements/ and Teaching Statements can be
General Guidelines17 o 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.” o Formatting: do everything you can to make it easy for the hiring committee members to read your doc: o Put a header on each page with your name, so that the reader can easily associate your awesome words with your name
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Five major components (Chism,19 1998) 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?
On your index card…20 Why do I teach? or What do I believe or value about teaching and learning?
Rubric, revise, rubric, revise…21 Needs Excellent Work Weak Goals for student learning Enactment of goals (teaching method) Assessment of goals (measuring student learning) Creating an inclusive learning environment Structure, rhetoric and language www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpts
Resources22 Center for Research on Learning and Teaching, University of Michigan http://www.crlt.umich.edu/tstrategies/tstpts 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/pfp