We have drawn upon our favourite sites and references to create this section and hope that you will find these as useful as we have in developing your understanding of teaching portfolios and in creating your own portfolio.
Why Create a Portfolio?
The teaching portfolio can serve many purposes, some of which include the following:
- Reflecting on your goals as a teacher
- Assessing your teaching strengths and areas which need improvement
- Documenting your progress as a teacher
- Generating ideas for future teaching/course development
- Identifying your personal teaching style
- Using elements of the portfolio to promote dialogue with fellow teachers
- Considering new ways of gathering student feedback
- Gathering detailed data to support your goals
- Collecting multiple sources of evidence that document the implementation of your teaching goals and their success
One would use a portfolio during the academic and career job search, promotion and performance review, and for personal and professional development.
The teaching portfolio is your chance to make a case for your effectiveness as a teacher. Think about your portfolio in much the same way that you approach a research question, and build a case to support your “effective teacher” thesis. First, you should think broadly about what the act of teaching means to you. Later, you can reflect upon and describe the sorts of evidence chosen to support your case.