Are you a good teacher?
What qualities surround “good teachers?
What do good teachers do to deliver a good class?
The end of the semester is a great time to critically reflect on your teaching.
For some, critical reflection on teaching is prompted by the results of student course evaluations. For others, reflection occurs as part of updating their teaching philosophy or portfolio. Others use critical reflection on teaching out of a genuine interest to become a better teacher. Critical reflection is important in the context of being a “good teacher.”
Critical reflection on teaching is an opportunity to be curious about your “good teaching.” If you are curious about your approach to teaching I encourage you to ponder and critically reflect on one aspect of teaching – perspective.
Teaching perspectives, not to be confused with teaching approach or styles, is an important aspect on the beliefs you hold about teaching and learning. Your teaching perspectives underlie the values and assumptions you hold in your approach to teaching.
How do I get started?
Start by taking the Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI). The TPI is a free online assessment of the way you conceptualize teaching and look into your related actions, intentions, and beliefs about learning, teaching, and knowledge. The TPI will help you examine your views about and within one of five perspectives: Transmission, Apprenticeship, Developmental, Nurturing, and Social Reform.
What is your dominant perspective?
The TPI is not new. It’s been around for over 15 years and is the work of Pratt and Collins from the University of British Columbia (Daniel D. Pratt and John B. Collins, 2001)(Daniel D. Pratt, 2001). Though the TPI has been around for a while, it is worth bringing it up once more. Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, the TPI is a useful instrument for critical reflection on teaching especially now during your semester break! Don’t delay. Take the free TPI to help you clarify your views on teaching and be curious.
Teaching Perspectives Inventory – http://www.teachingperspectives.com
How to interpret a teaching perspective profile – https://youtu.be/9GN7nN6YnXg
Daniel D. Pratt and John B. Collins. (2001). Teaching Perspectives Inventory. Retrieved December 01, 2016, from Take the TPI: www.teachingperspectives.com/tpi/
Daniel D. Pratt, J. B. (2001). Development and Use of The Teaching Perspectives Inventory (TPI). American Education Research Association.
Jessica M. Ibarra, is an Assistant Professor of Applied Biomedical Sciences in the School of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of the Incarnate Word. She is currently teaching in the Master of Biomedical Sciences Program and helping with curriculum development in preparation for the inaugural class of osteopathic medicine in July 2017. As a scientist, she studied inflammatory factors involved in chronic diseases such as heart failure, arthritis, and diabetes. When Dr. Ibarra is not conducting research or teaching, she is mentoring students, involved in community service, and science outreach. She is an active member of the American Physiological Society and helps promote physiology education and science outreach at the national level. She is currently a member of the Porter Physiology and Minority Affairs Committee; a past fellow of the Life Science Teaching Resource Community Vision & Change Scholars Program and Physiology Education Community of Practice; and Secretary of the History of Physiology Interest Group.