This unit discusses what a teaching portfolio is and how to keep one

Teaching Philosophy

Philosophy is theory/attitude that act as a guiding principle for behaviour

Teaching Philosophy is a self reflective statement of your belief about teaching and learning. It can also be described as a narrative that conveys your core ideas about being an effective teacher in the context of your discipline.

Purpose of a teaching philosophy statement

Teaching Philosophy statement

  1. conveys your teaching values, beliefs, and goals to a broader audience
  2. provides a set of standards to judge the quality of your teaching
  3. provides evidence of your teaching effectiveness

Components of a teaching philosophy statement

You may include the following in tour teaching philosophy statement.

  1. Educational purpose and learning goals for students
  2. Your teaching methods
  3. Pictures or samples of teaching and learning resources prepared
  4. Methods for assessing students’ learning
  5. Samples of course syllabi
  6. A video or pictures of a class you have taught


Teaching Portfolio

A teaching portfolio is a collection of documents, prepared for the purpose of applying for academic jobs and documenting professional developing in teaching. A teaching portfolio provides a record of

  1. The ideas and objectives that inform your teaching
  2. The courses that you teach or are prepared to teach
  3. The methods you use in your teaching
  4. Your effectiveness as a teacher
  5. How you assess and improve your teaching

Importance of Teaching Portfolio

A Teaching Portfolio is a useful tool that can help you:

  • Develop, clarify, and reflect on your teaching philosophy, methods, and approaches
  • Present teaching credentials for promotion
  • Document professional development in teaching
  • Identify areas for improvement

How to construct a teaching portfolio?

The steps below can assist you in creating tour portfolio.

  1. Prepare your teaching philosophy
  2. Collect teaching materials as you gain experience
  3. Reflect on your teaching
  4. Select materials to include in your portfolio
  5. Organize your portfolio


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