A minimum of 10 Effective Teaching Credits, the Reflection on Teaching Development, and at least two semesters must be completed to earn this Certificate. Reflection on Teaching Development (Foundations Certificate version)
Reflection is essential to one's development as a teacher, and it is integral in the context of Jesuit education. Therefore, as the culminating act of your participation in the Certificate program, you are asked to reflect critically on what you have learned about teaching, what you have learned about yourself as a teacher, and how you have developed through the overall experience of participating in the Certificate program. In your writing, you will draw connections between, and articulate the significance of the various teaching related activities in which you have engaged throughout the program. Reflecting on your actions and learning activities will provide insight to your strengths, weaknesses, and future directions as a teacher. Many of these activities will be components of the Certificate, but other activities can and should be included in your reflection. Writing a reflection on your teaching development can also be the basis for documents used later in an academic job search or the faculty review process.
The Reflection on Teaching Development is a narrative-type essay (at least 3 pages long) in which you reflect critically on three overarching areas of your teaching development: your thinking about teaching and learning when you began the Certificate Program, how the specific experiences you have had during the Certificate Program have changed (or not) your thinking about teaching and learning, and how you hope to continue your development as a teacher in the future.
The reflection should include discussion of the following points:
- A description of your overall development as a teacher during your time in the program;
- Examples from some of the Praxis Workshops and other events you attended for Effective Teaching Credit, pointing to lessons or ideas that have changed the way you think about teaching and/or learning;
- Examples of any teaching experience you may have had during this period, focusing on how you applied lessons learned in the program.
- Personal learning goals for the future based on how you have grown through the program and where you are now in your teaching development.
One last thing to keep in mind: while you must include the components described above, the essay should stem from your own individualized reflection and consideration of your particular experience. This means the essay will look different (in terms of formatting, emphasis, etc.) for everyone.
Questions for Reflection
To stimulate your thinking, you might consider some or all of the following questions as you reflect on your development (you are not required to respond to these questions; they are simply to help you get started with your reflection):
- Where were you in your thinking about teaching when you began the Certificate Program?
- What did you know, believe, or assume about how students learn when you began the program?
- How does your portfolio demonstrate what you have learned and believe currently about teaching?
- How has your understanding of teaching and/or learning changed?
- What lessons will stay with you from the Praxis Workshops you attended? How have they informed your views about teaching/learning? Your choices as a teacher?
- What actions may you take next in light of your learning to continue to develop yourself as a teacher?
Submission and Review Process
Reflections are due near the end of each semester (a specific deadline is set and communicated each semester).
Each reflection is reviewed by two Center staff in order to provide different perspectives and richer feedback to participants. Reflections are evaluated based on criteria within the Reflection Rubric. In cases in which revisions are required, the participant will receive feedback from both reviewers in the same document.
If participants are required to submit revisions, they are given a timeline to do so; however, all work must be received and assessed at a minimum of the "acceptable" level to earn the certificate.
To submit a Foundations Certificate Reflection, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org