Gracefully Introduce Portfolio?

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  1. DressageLady

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    I had my last district screener last Monday (after throwing myself at mercy of the HR person who I have asked questions of), and I was called by a P in that district on Friday to set up an interview for a 1st grade position tomorrow. School starts in three weeks.

    I worked so hard on my portfolio! Even though the P for the school I spent my Professional Year in said point blank he has never looked at one in the interviewing process. I have had exactly one other interview for a teaching position, and I noticed during that one that several of my answers would have been enhanced by items in my portfolio.

    Is there a graceful way to offer the portfolio while I answer a question? I was thinking that saying something along the lines of, "Oh, good question! Let me show you this item in my portfolio for you to look at while I talk. I think it highlights what I believe/teach/whatever..."

    I also made up a brochure with some of my strong points, quotes from my letters of recommendation, lay out of my degrees and endorsement. I thought it might be something that I could offer to leave with the P at the end of the interview.

    What do more experienced people think?
    Sheilah
     
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  3. Myrisophilist

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    This is what I did when I interviewed. I was able to say, "Yes, I aligned all of my lessons to the X standards" while pointing to that part of my lesson plans. When talking about how I love the creative aspect of teaching, I slowly flipped through the color 6-slides-to-a-page printouts of my PowerPoints. The P later told me that my portfolio was a major plus!
     
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    I have never - in 40+ interviews- been asked to show someone my portfolio.
    I always worked it in. They ask about data? I whip out my data binder and one of my student's personal data folders. Lesson planning? I show a sample.
    Once they see it, some (maybe 10-20%) will continue to flip through it on their own.
     
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    I've been to three interviews in the three years I've been looking for a job. Never once has a principal asked to look at my portfolio even though I had it with me.

    During the last interview I had, when the principal asked me if I had anything else I'd like to add with our remaining time, I finally got the courage to let her flip through my portfolio. When she landed on pages that had topics I hadn't mentioned or ones that I wanted to elaborate on, I made sure to mention my stance and give examples that were in the portfolio. It didn't help me get the job, but I think it helped me stand out a little bit.

    I think offering examples to back up your anecdotes is a good idea, especially if you have student work samples.
     
  6. Rainbowbird

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    I agree with your strategy.

    I have a first grade interview tomorrow, too! Wishing us both luck and some positive news to report!!!!

    Good luck!!!!
     
  7. DressageLady

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    Yay!!! Good luck on your interview!!
    Sheilah
     
  8. DressageLady

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    Thanks for the feedback everyone. Although I have applied to five districts and countless charters in the past five months, I have only had one actual interview. Although I had my portfolio with me, I could never find the "right moment" to pull it out.

    But in looking back on that experience, I sure could have used it to highlight at least some of my answers. So, we'll see how well I do using it tomorrow.
    Sheilah
     
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    I hope that you rock your interview tomorrow!:thumb:

    I appreciated your post, because I'm also taking in a mini-portfolio for the first time ever tomorrow and Thursday. Both interviews are for positions that I have a lot of experience in and wanted to provide a visual for some of those skills.

    Take care! Good luck to all those with interviews on the horizon! :)
     
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    Update-I Used My Portfolio!!!

    Although I was tempted to say something along the lines of having worked too hard on the darn thing to never use it as a resource, I was much smoother than that!

    I was interviewed by the two other first grade teachers and the P. It went pretty good. I am happy with my responses (except for one, which I bombed so hard I hit the ground harder than a safe) and I believe I did my best. The two teachers did not look at my portfolio, but they both took a brochure I offered that had highlights of my portfolio. The P looked through my portfolio, though, and I was able to reference two artifacts in it in my answers. I very smoothly displayed a photo I had to aid in describing how I integrated parents into my classroom, and the P actually commented that she had seen my mention of using Eagle Cam in my classroom in the portfolio when I referenced that in an answer. So she was paying at least a little attention!

    Tons of competition for this opening. I was in the lobby as the interviewee before me left and they already had an interviewee waiting to go in as I was leaving. A moment of awkwardness there, since I know and really like the woman who was waiting to go in. I wished her good luck and meant it, and gave her a hug. I want to be offered the position, but if I can't have it, she would be a good choice. I also know for a fact that she has accepted a .5 kinder position in another district, but had said she would continue to look for a full time position in the mean time. That was on Facebook before my bitterness at being the only one left without a job caused me to disconnect from it.

    Anyway, the wait begins again. Still looking. Still applying for non-teaching jobs.
    Sheilah
     
  11. Rhesus

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    If I am asked a question that is pertinent to anything I have in my binder, I pull the appropriate document out and pass it around as an example as I talk. I've never had anyone ask to see my stuff outside the context of normal questions, though.
     

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