The purpose of creating and maintaining an electronic portfolio is for Touro TESOL/Bilingual teacher candidates to reflect on their course of study at Touro College and create a digital repository of their work done during the program. The portfolio includes a statement of the teacher candidates’ goals, philosophy of education, and files which showcase the candidates best work.
Touro College TESOL faculty Dr. Ching-Ching Lin who prior to her Touro appointment, taught Social Studies (both general education and Chinese-bilingual) and ESL at the secondary levels for more than 14 years. As a transnational and multilingual learner herself, she embraces asset-based approaches and additive multilingualism in instructional designs. Her goal as a teacher as well as a teacher educator is to build and support a classroom environment where diversity in thought, culture, and traits is viewed as positive assets, where ample opportunities are created for students to share their learning experiences, strengths, backgrounds, interests, and needs and where real life/authentic connections and representations from diverse cultures and life experiences are deeply interwoven into student-centered cooperative learning.
Ms. Amanda Innamorato teaches at the elementary level for the NYC Department of Education in District 21. She got her Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education from St. Francis College and worked on getting her Masters in TESOL at Touro College. Her goal as a teacher is to support all students in reaching their individual goals. Ms. Innamorato wrote:
Looking at my graduation cap it reads “teaching is a work of heart.” This quote resonates deeply because teaching is not just a job, it’s a game changer. A teacher’s impact is significant to each individual student in their classroom. This leads to my first belief which is in the theory of Asset Approach to Learning. Students need to be viewed as an asset to the classroom with individual strengths and diverse cultural backgrounds.
Here the link to her Digital Portfolio: