Reflective Teaching Workshop

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Slides from Shaun Longstreet's presentation for the Teaching Learning and Technology Center at UC Irvine.

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  • 1. Reective Teachingthinking and writing about our work in theclassroomShaun Longstreet, Ph.D.Friday, February 8, 20081

2. Agenda for today Introductions Reective practices and benets. Sources for more reective practices. Documenting our teaching for administratorsand hiring committeesFriday, February 8, 20082 3. What is reectiveteaching? Friday, February 8, 20083 4. Being a Reective Practitioner Friday, February 8, 20084 5. Practices of reectionWhat do you do?Why should we be reective teachers?Why should we write about our teaching?How do we write about our teaching? Friday, February 8, 20085 6. Benets of being a reective practitionerWhy should we be reflective teachers?Become aware of our assumptionsPrevents surprisesHelps us strategizeContinual improvementJob satisfaction! Friday, February 8, 2008 6 7. Benets of being a reective practitionerWhy should we write about our teaching?Memory fades with each new quarterHelps make the theoretical more concreteEases long-term documentation for hiring & promotionsStart early and update often makes the process moremanageable Friday, February 8, 2008 7 8. Questions?Friday, February 8, 20088 9. ExerciseSample reectivequestions. Take acouple of minutes tothink about one ofthe questions. Thenpair up and shareyour experiences. Friday, February 8, 20089 10. HOW TO START?Friday, February 8, 2008 10 11. Sources and evidence Where can we look for feedback? Classroom performance Student evaluations Peer / Faculty review Theory / Teaching, Learning and TechnologyCenter Friday, February 8, 200811 12. Teaching AutobiographyWriting about our own teaching A way to reify our practices and assumptions A starting point for strategizing and improvingour teaching A way to communicate how we teach toothers.Friday, February 8, 2008 12 13. Questions?Friday, February 8, 200813 14. Exercise Lets take a few minutes to do the critical moments exercise... Friday, February 8, 200814 15. DOCUMENTING OUR TEACHINGFriday, February 8, 2008 15 16. Teaching Philosophy &Teaching NarrativeWhat is a teaching philosophy? What is a teaching narrative? How are they used/useful?Friday, February 8, 2008 16 17. 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 classroomFriday, February 8, 200817 18. Teaching Narrative Longer document 4-8 pages. More detailed, autobiographical. Cover letter for a teaching portfolio. Friday, February 8, 2008 18 19. Teaching AutobiographyWhat is your teaching experience? What led to your teaching to this point? What are some of your approaches to theclassroom time? What plans do you have for your teaching in thefuture?Friday, February 8, 2008 19 20. Teaching PortfolioCoherent presentation of teaching excellenceTeaching portfolio often includes:Teaching narrativeSummative statement of student evaluationsSyllabiStudent lettersFriday, February 8, 200820 21. Effective TeachingPhilosophy and Portfolio Must be clear, simple, concrete. Is uniquely you - template portfolios are far less eective. The portfolio evidence must be supported by and be consistent with philosophy and narrative. Friday, February 8, 2008 21 22. Best practices: Think before you teach:Spend as much time as you can aord on courseconstruction Be prepared to be somewhat exible; think ofpossible contingenciesAfter 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 23. Questions?Friday, February 8, 200823 24. ExerciseA good prompt forthe beginnings of ateaching philosophy isthe teaching cube. Friday, February 8, 200824 25. Packet ContentsPreparing a Teaching Portfolio F. Mues and M. Sorcinelli Evaluating and Documenting Teaching Eectiveness L. Nilson Becoming Critically Reective S. Brookeld Vitality and Growth Throughout Your Teaching Career W. McKeachieFriday, February 8, 2008 25 26. Reective Teachingthinking and writing about our work in theclassroomShaun Longstreet, Ph.D.Friday, February 8, 200826