Teaching Portfolio

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  1. Chalk

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    Hello

    IN my introduction I mentioned that I was presenting my portfolio the next day. That has been postponed due to unforeseen silliness at my school.

    However, I have to ask. Does the real world look at these cutesy little binders with glitter and flitz? I put some work into my portfolio and followed all the INTASC guidelines and added personal things like a copy of Taylor Mali's "What do teachers make" poem.

    I have seen several of my peers portfolios with some pretty well crafted, if maybe a little over the top works and I can't help but remember my time working with Human Resource for a large corporation. In those days if someone sent us anything more than a cover letter and one page resume, it was HR policy to bottom file them till we got through the short ones first. I always hated that and wonder how many darn good people we never glanced at because they didn't conform to the "standard business resume" format.

    So I ask, Do they (by they I mean school system admin/HR) really want to look at portfolios?

    Thanks for your input on this.
     
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  3. StudentTeach

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    I'm creating mine now for secondary... apparently they do on job interviews. But no one sends in portfolios. I'm also putting mine on a CD.
     
  4. Sshintaku

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    I believe it's supposed to be as more of a reference tool. For example, if they ask about your previous student's work, you should have examples to show them.
     
  5. Mrs. R.

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    I've been on several interview committees at my school, and we rarely look at them unless the candidate specifically points something out while answering a question.
     
  6. CFClassroom

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    Pictures are key. We always look at the pictures.
     
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    I never sent portfolios or anything else that wasn't SPECIFICALLY asked for when applying for jobs. But I have ALWASYS taken my portfolio to interviews. People have rarely asked to look at it... and I haven't always had questions that could be easily answered by items inside. But as much as possible, I like to suppliment my answers by showing tehm something. Photos of schedules, work tasks, assignment,s etc. speak a WHOLE lot louder than my words when showing off my experience... and they make me way less nervous!
     
  8. Toak

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    No. I always have mine with me and even when I specifically mention something is in it, no one is interested in looking at it
     
  9. monsieurteacher

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    I've heard people on here talk about how they've used them... I've never used one apart from when I was in my Ed program.
     
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    I agree with this. It helped me immensly on my last interview. But no to the glitter and glitz. A simple thing to reference like student work
     
  11. Ima Teacher

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    I'm secondary. We do look at them sometimes, but we look past the "flashy" parts. We want substance, not fluff.
     
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    I was part of a team interview last week, and I asked to see the candidate's portfolio. It was big and thick, and I didn't want her to think that she did all of that work for nothing. ;)
     
  13. Chalk

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    Pretty much what I expected. Somehow I didn't think school admins would want to deal with umpteen hundred three ring binders of teacher applicants.

    I think I will bring it with me to interviews but thats about the extent.
     
  14. TamiJ

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    I really only remember once having someone view my portfolio. That's when I interviewed for an English teaching position for adult education.
     
  15. heavens54

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    When you say "substance", what are you referring to exactly?
     
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    when I was interviewed for my current position the princ and ap poured over my portfolio, including past eval and pics.
     
  17. Ima Teacher

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    "Substance" for us includes things like evidence of modifications/differentiation in lessons, leadership opportunities, student data, evaluations, and anything that lets us know that the person has it together.

    We don't care about cute bulletin boards or cookie-cutter lesson plans.

    Of course, I'm secondary, too. Maybe that makes a difference.
     

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