Please help me with my portfolio.

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  1. CyFair

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    I haven't gone on my first interview yet, as I just finished submitting my application. They will hopefully contact me for a screening interview once my references mail in my reference forms.

    I've never put together a teaching portfolio, and I haven't worked since the '99/'00 school year. Is it expected that all teachers show up to the interview with a portfolio?

    Would it even do me any good? After all, everything I could put in my portfolio is outdated. And what should I put in this portfolio?

    Here's what I have:
    -evaluation forms from the principal at the school where I taught
    -observation forms from my mentor teacher and alternative certification specialist
    -photos of my classroom setup, but the photos are poor quality and my classroom was kind of ugly, due to the cheap faux wood paneling throughout
    -some old lesson plans

    I've read that it is good to include one's teaching philosophy in the portfolio. What exactly are they looking for here?

    And this might be a silly question, but would the interviewer keep the portfolio? Should I make several copies of everything to hand out when I go on interviews?

    Maybe there is a book out there that addresses all of these questions. If there isn't, then there should be! Anyway, I would appreciate some input here. Thanks!
     
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  3. TheConspiracy

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    There are many web pages dedicated to making teaching portfolios and they even offer free graphics and cover pages. I would suggest you try to google it and see what you come up with.

    It is my understanding that a portfolio is something you keep but that you show to them - a binder of sorts that has each thing in a page protector.

    When I went to my job fair and interviews I made a mini-portfolio in clear report covers to give to the principals and they seemed to go over well. They included a resume, cover sheet, refernce letters, certification docs and a copy of my teaching philosophy. I made them small and inexpensive so the interviewer could keep them.

    The full portfolio is supposed to have certain teaching elements in them and I know that some websites out there have a list.

    Good luck - I'm sure someone will come along with a more definitive answer.

    ~J
     
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    Hi,
    I think your portfolio should be set up around some sort of theme (i.e your philosophy).
    This is my table of contents for my portfolio, hope it helps:
    1. Qualifications (resume, letters of recommendations)
    2. Philosophy of Teaching
    3. Student profiling (how I get to know students... morning meeting, assessment, share time, samples of actual student profiles...)
    4. Classroom Management (how I create a community, the set up of my classroom, and my discpline plan)
    5. Assessment Systems (how I assess students, pretest/posttests, rubrics, criteria lists, observations, homework, assessment folders...)
    6. Literacy (what I think a balanced literacy program looks like... some lessons that represent my philosophy...)
    7. Math (What I think a balanced math program is, lessons that fit my philosophy, inquiry based?)
    8. Social Studies (what I think a balanced SS program looks like, inquiry based, hands on/mind on activities and lesson plans)
    9. Science (same as above)
    10. Professional development (certificates from professional development opportunities, any learning team work...)

    Sometimes I include goal goals I've had and how I went about meeting them...
    Also, I've spoken with some administrators lately and they said they don't want to see cutesy, with pictures of students, they want to see HOW you run the classroom.

    Hope this helps some! :)
     

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