Audience/setting: Students in introductory math and science courses.
Time: 2 minutes, 5 minutes prep
Synopsis: A teaching testimonial is a brief personal statement about why teaching matters to you as part of your introduction on the first day of class.
- One of the most powerful connections for students seeking a direction for a career is insight into what their professors, who are role models, are passionate about.
- Sharing a personal testimonial about why teaching is important to you can open the door to your students to consider a career in teaching.
Introduce yourself to your class. Many faculty like to give some personal and professional background, including their research focus and a synopsis of their life story. In doing so, provide a testimonial about your value of good teaching:
Experience from the University of Arkansas and West Virginia University shows that the most important factor in your personal testimony is expressing an authentic reason why teaching is important. Display your passion.
Below is a template that might help you craft your own message: