So that was my first question yesterday during our workshop- what is this document supposed to DO?
I did feel as though I got the most out of this workshop, only because by the end I had a much clearer idea of what the document was supposed to do and how I could accomplish those goals. The other workshops have been helpful, but the notes were minor, and with this workshop I really feel as though I've learned the most.
So, here are the general tips:
- As with the research statement, have a "look" that binds materials together without being cutesy
- You will also have to have this document for tenure, so become familiar with form
- 1-2 pages
- Stress any assignment that improves student writing, this is a concern regardless of type of job
- Don't list classes taught, that's for the CV and the letter (one professor suggested thinking of the letter about "them" and the teaching philosophy about "you")
- Ideally your philosophy should be an integration of you as scholar and instructor
- Show awareness of pedagogical buzzwords, but USE them, don't just dump them in. Show through examples that you know what these look like in the classroom
- Address both literature and writing- this may differ from application to application
- Not the document to be humble. Won't come off as arrogance, will come off as competence.
- Convey enthusiasm. If you can get the hiring committee member excited about an assignment/syllabus/etc. that's what you want.
- Start with your assignments. Identify assignments you really like, or that are successful
- Focus on what you do that's innovative
- Have a clear "through line"
- Explain "This assignment does X..."
- Then use this concrete example to articulate what's important to me as a teacher (engagement, connections, etc.)
- Connect these examples to audience. We were also told to stress that we're a diverse university with a large hispanic, native, first generation population and this was a bonus.
- The concrete examples should exemplify the overarching theory that connects our teaching
- 1st paragraph: great connection between skills and content, build on this.
- I have a lot of teaching experience, I need to highlight that more
- Stress my ENGL 220: Fairy Tales and Folklore course because I chose the topic and designed from scratch
- Rephrase Pedagogy to Integration or Scaffolding
- Mention the Twitter/Facebook classwork I do because it will appear "new" to hiring committees and cool
The guidelines we were given for the hard copy portfolio was:
- 8-10 pages
- stress strengths
- a syllabus or two
- a good assignment
- class handouts/lecture
- mid semester evals
Next week we're off because of Fall Break. The week after is a revision day, a chance to look at any documents we've done so far and revised.
The teaching philosophy is certainly the document that I need to revise the most. But I also think it's the one that will prove the most rewarding revision wise. I plan on revising my teaching philosophy on top of the current draft.