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 After all, everything I could put in my portfolio is outdated.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!