Ideas for what to include in your teaching portfolio
I made a HUGE portfolio in college as a requirement. I knew I wasn't going to carry that big thing with me for interviews, so I condensed it significantly.|
Here are a few things I included:
*A reading assessment and written report on a student.
*Parent Communication-I included a "Peek at the Week" I created while doing a long term sub in a 5th grade classroom.
*A math lesson showing modifications-I copied a lesson out of the teacher's manual. I modified the lesson by writing notes in the margins. This showed that I taught using the district's curriculum, but I also made modifications as I saw were needed.
*Some pictures of me teaching lessons
*A unit I had created based on a book from the district's curriculum. Along with examples of student work from beginning to end.
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My portfolio is huge, and I really don't use it at interviews. Instead, I give them an electronic copy and leave some items (lesson plans, letters of rec., pictures, etc.) with them to look at after the interview. That way they can have something to remember me by after they finish all of the interviews.|
As far as what I actually put in my portfolio:
- Background info about myself
- My favorite lesson plans with pictures
- Projects and pictures completed by my students
- Certification exam scores
- Teaching certificate
- Recommendation letters
- Letters from parents, students, colleagues
If you go to the INTASC website, there is a list of standards. I used this list to help me decide what to include. For example, one of the standards is about...
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I have taught for three years and have been in two different school systems in Georgia (due to relocation). I will tell you what I have in my portfolio and hopefully it will help. Let me know if you need any more information!|
*Student teaching is not included in my teaching portfolio, since I had to do a separate one for college. In this portfolio, I had my philosophy of education, lessons plans that I taught, samples of student work from the lessons, evaluations from professors, reference letters, and any awards that I received while I was in college. I do take this portfolio with me on interviews, along with my most current teaching experiences.
*Throughout my portfolios, I have used educational scrapbooking materials and stickers that I have bought at Wal-Mart to make it more creative and interesting.
1. Cover- I made my...
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I'll be honest- my teaching-related academic awards did not help me get my teaching job on their own but my portfolio did. I recommend having a portfolio to show principals that includes things like these:|
- your teaching certification and resume
- teaching awards and evaluations
- examples of lessons/units/photos of students doing things
- samples of assessment/evaluation,
I included all these things in an organized binder and made up sections/a cover. It was fun to do and during my interviews, it made talking easier because I could actually show what I was describing.
Best of luck!
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I used my portfolio to get my first job and the section I ended up using the most at my interview was the section on Assessment with various examples (e.g. rubrics) and student work. I had different levels for the same assignment so I could talk about how I evaluated them.|
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Whenever a interviewer asks me a questions, for example: "What is your assessment device?" My response: "Well, I use several types of assessment, for example, ... and let me show you" [PORTFOLIO TIME]. The interviewer: "Wow, that's sounds like a difficult concept for middle school." Me: "Not really, let me show you how they wrote and presented..." [PORTFOLIO TIME]. If you become nervous, you have something in front of you that SHOWCASES your work, your best work. Occasionally, you will get a limp handshake and barely a nod, that's when you demonstrate your abilities [PORTFOLIO TIME] and build up their enthusiasm. One super that met me and my portfolio did not have a job in his district for me, so he sent my name and a copy of my resume, coverletter, recs, to his friend in a nearby wealthy district with his rec, and I had only...
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It truly was a bad interview this morning. My principal told me today what a good thing it was that I brought my portfolio back last Thursday for them to look through it. It showed so much more than I could say, and represented me better than my poor attempts to answer their questions. |
DEFINITELY make a portfolio! I just went through all my files and pulled my portfolio together in a few days. And this school was really eager to see it, so you never know. If they only knew me based on my interviews, I don't think they would have hired me.
Here's what I put in my portfolio...
Some notes from adoring students.
My philosophy of education.
A few comic strips about teaching, in appropriate sections.
My resume, reference letters, teacher tests.
LOTS of pictures... my classrooms, students working...
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This is what I have in my portfolio. I am a first yr teacher, and just got a new job (they complimented me on my portfolio -at least it was worth all that hard work!) If you have any questions, email me. I'm happy to help.|
I. Philosophy of Education
III. Classroom Management (pictures of my team points chart, explanations of the different ways I manage behavior, a copy of my classroom rules)
IV. Lesson Plans (in a few different content areas, with pictures and sample worksheets)
V. Bulletin Boards (pictures of bb's)
VI. Parent Communication (sample newsletters, the power point presentation I did for open house)
VII. Certification and Praxis Scores
IX. Letters of Recommendation
X. Awards and Certificates
XI. Student Transcript
XII. Unit Plans (from student teaching)
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Upon graduating from college (5 years ago), all students were required to complete a portfolio. My portfolio included the following:|
*Philosophy of education statement (It describes why you chose to become a teacher and how you plan to impact your future students)
All teachers must be proficient in the following categories listed below:
*Organizes and implements effective instruction, including the intergration of content across the curriculum areas
*Demonstrates effective classroom management and organization techniques
*Stimulates students to be creative critical thinkers by using varied dimensions
*Demonstrates knowledge of human growth and development in planning for your students
*Demonstrates how you used communications and technological skills effectively
*Demonstrates a commitment to students and their learning.
*Integrates multicultural in the lesson
*Select appropriate assessment strategies
*Know the subject area content and best practices in those areas
*Behaves in an...
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Mine is in a leather bond scrapbook with my name on the front in gold. I have each of my sections tabbed off for easy access and all the pictures are scanned in and printed along with info about the picture and lesson it went with. I also have a section for references and all that fun stuff. Don't really have a cute theme just have the pages in sheet protectors that came with the scrapbook.
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I have mine all in a powerpoint presentation with links...I can then burn it on a cd if I want to give it out. |
I was sitting in on interviews last year and one person had theres in a scrapbook. It looked really nice and really showed her creativity. She had a color theme- I think lime green and red. It looked very professional and it was easy to flip through to see the highlights.
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