I developed this teaching portfolio to document my teaching experience at North Carolina State University as a co-instructor for Principles of Plant Pathology (PP315) and the Ag Discovery program. I wanted to demonstrate how my teaching has improved through involvement in the Certificate of Accomplishment in Teaching (CoAT) program. In addition, I hoped the portfolio would encourage me to document teaching strategies and their success in the classroom to continue my development. In the portfolio I have included artifacts of teaching, personal reflections, and evaluations from students and my mentor.
The past three years I have helped teach PP315 laboratory sessions that accompany the course lecture taught by Dr. David Shew. I have taught PP 315 as a part of the requirement for Ph.D. students in the plant pathology department. Each semester, PP315 students are divided into three lab sections to conduct experiments. My role in teaching the lab sections for PP315 has increased with each passing year, and includes development and preparation of lab experiments, lecturing on pathogen groups, demonstrating lab techniques, and assisting students with analysis of experimental data. Assisting with PP 315 increased my interest in teaching and because of my involvement as a teaching assistant, I was asked to teach the Ag Discovery laboratories during summer 2011. For the Ag Discovery program, I created and lead eight, 3-5 hour lab sections for a small group of high school students.
In this portfolio, I decided to document my involvement in both PP 315 and Ag Discovery because it demonstrates my ability to teach a diverse group of students at varying ages and levels of understanding. I created this portfolio to help answer the question, “Am I an effective teacher?” and to reflect on my teaching experiences. In the future I want to include videos of my teaching and more examples of how I have implemented technology into the classroom. My ultimate goal is to use materials in this portfolio to learn and grow as a teacher.