Published on February 8, 2008
Reﬂective Teaching thinking and writing about our work in the classroom Shaun Longstreet, Ph.D. Friday, February 8, 2008 1
Agenda for today • Introductions • Reﬂective practices and beneﬁts. • Sources for more reﬂective practices. • Documenting our teaching for administrators and hiring committees Friday, February 8, 2008 2
What is ‘reﬂective teaching’? Friday, February 8, 2008 3
Being a Reﬂective Practitioner Friday, February 8, 2008 4
Practices of reﬂection What do you do? Why should we be reﬂective teachers? Why should we write about our teaching? How do we write about our teaching? Friday, February 8, 2008 5
Beneﬁts of being a reﬂective practitioner Why should we be reflective teachers? Become aware of our assumptions Prevents surprises Helps us strategize Continual improvement Job satisfaction! Friday, February 8, 2008 6
Beneﬁts of being a reﬂective practitioner Why should we write about our teaching? Memory fades with each new quarter Helps make the theoretical more concrete Eases long-term documentation for hiring & promotions Start early and update often makes the process more manageable Friday, February 8, 2008 7
Questions? Friday, February 8, 2008 8
Exercise Sample reﬂective questions. Take a couple of minutes to think about one of the questions. Then pair up and share your experiences. Friday, February 8, 2008 9
HOW TO START? Friday, February 8, 2008 10
Sources and evidence Where can we look for feedback? Classroom performance Student evaluations Peer / Faculty review Theory / Teaching, Learning and Technology Center Friday, February 8, 2008 11
Teaching Autobiography Writing about our own teaching A way to reify our practices and assumptions A starting point for strategizing and improving our teaching A way to communicate how we teach to others. Friday, February 8, 2008 12
Questions? Friday, February 8, 2008 13
Exercise Let’s take a few minutes to do the ‘critical moments’ exercise... Friday, February 8, 2008 14
DOCUMENTING OUR TEACHING Friday, February 8, 2008 15
Teaching Philosophy & Teaching Narrative What is a teaching philosophy? What is a teaching narrative? How are they used/useful? Friday, February 8, 2008 16
Teaching Philosophy 1-2 page document. Concise, cogent and concrete explanation of your beliefs, attitudes, and values regarding teaching & learning. Addresses: goals for student learning, teaching methods, measuring student learning, inclusive classroom Friday, February 8, 2008 17
Teaching Narrative Longer document 4-8 pages. More detailed, autobiographical. ‘Cover letter’ for a teaching portfolio. Friday, February 8, 2008 18
Teaching Autobiography What is your teaching experience? What led to your teaching to this point? What are some of your approaches to the classroom time? What plans do you have for your teaching in the future? Friday, February 8, 2008 19
Teaching Portfolio Coherent presentation of teaching excellence Teaching portfolio often includes: Teaching narrative Summative statement of student evaluations Syllabi Student letters Friday, February 8, 2008 20
Effective Teaching Philosophy and Portfolio Must be clear, simple, concrete. Is uniquely you - template portfolios are far less eﬀective. The portfolio evidence must be supported by and be consistent with philosophy and narrative. Friday, February 8, 2008 21
Best practices: Think before you teach: Spend as much time as you can aﬀord on course construction Be prepared to be somewhat ﬂexible; think of possible contingencies After each class session take a few minutes to jot a note or two about the class Put in side notes on your syllabus, note changes you would make for future courses. Friday, February 8, 2008 22
Questions? Friday, February 8, 2008 23
Exercise A good prompt for the beginnings of a teaching philosophy is the ‘teaching cube’. Friday, February 8, 2008 24
Packet Contents “Preparing a Teaching Portfolio” F. Mues and M. Sorcinelli “Evaluating and Documenting Teaching Eﬀectiveness” L. Nilson “Becoming Critically Reﬂective” S. Brookﬁeld “Vitality and Growth Throughout Your Teaching Career” W. McKeachie Friday, February 8, 2008 25
Reﬂective Teaching thinking and writing about our work in the classroom Shaun Longstreet, Ph.D. Friday, February 8, 2008 26
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