March & April Sessions
Craft Your Teaching Philosophy Statement
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
3:30 - 4:50 pm
A teaching philosophy statement is a brief, personal statement that offers insight into an instructor’s beliefs about teaching and actions in the classroom. In essence, it is the “why, what, and how” of one’s teaching. The teaching statement is essentially intended to help others visualize who you are as a teacher; it stands to reason that this is the main purpose for its inclusion dossiers created for tenure and contract renewal, as well as applications for teaching awards. The value of a teaching philosophy statement, however, extends even beyond these pragmatic and summative purposes. The very act of taking time to reflect on your teaching can help you clarify your own beliefs, which in turn helps you grow as a teacher.
This NFTE session will be conducted in workshop format, and will help you to begin to craft a statement that uniquely reflects who you are as a teacher.
Barbara Morganfield, Clinical Associate Professor, Simmons School of Education & Human Development
Beth Thornburg, Richard R. Lee Professor, Dedman School of Law
Showcase Your Teaching: Beyond Student Evaluations
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
3:30 - 4:50 pm
In September's workshop, "The Raw Materials of Excellent Teaching: Collecting Evidence, Getting Early Feedback", we talked about the kinds of raw materials and artifacts that you can use to display your teaching strengths. This closing NFTE workshop will introduce strategies to help you organize and present those artifacts to effectively construct the teaching portion of your professional portfolio. Attendance at the September session is not required, because the session will provide multiple examples.
Paige Ware & Gail Hartin, Simmons School of Education & Human Development