Do you have a teaching porfolio? Should they be mandatory?
The teaching portfolio is an effective way for teachers to reflect upon, describe, and document their teaching philosophy, goals, and achievements.
Teaching Portfolios have been initiated at McGill because they are useful in:
Examples of teaching portfolios can be found on the McGill University site. The most common items found in a teaching portfolio are:
What else could/should be included in a teacher portfolio? Do you have one to share?
1. Reflections by students can also be included as they are best evaluators of teaching and can provide excellent feedback on improving teaching. To protect identity of students, personal identification may be removed from such comments by students.
2. Tool or methodology of teaching (which the teacher feel has resulted in increased effectiveness of instruction) can also be indicated so that others can learn and make use of them.
I have a teaching ePortfolio that was done as a final product of my Masters of Educational Technology at UBC (The MET program).
The process of producing this portfolio was fantastic and the embedded reflection on my current teaching practices and pedagogy was very useful. I would recommend having a website and portfolio as part of every teacher's toolkit.
My ePortfolio can be found here: