Professional Teaching Portfolios

Professional Teaching Portfolios

Portfolio Sections:

1. Classroom Philosophy & Management: One page educational philosophy, classroom rules and consequences, behavioral intervention strategies.
2. Instruction in the Classroom: Sample lesson plans, etc. for each of the major subject areas.
3. Educational & Employment Background: Resume, transcripts, teaching certificate, certificates from workshops, awards, etc.
4. Testimonials: Letters of reference.
5. Work Samples: Samples of work from students, photos of students working and student work.

Use a 3-ring binder for a professional look. Use tab dividers to find the relevant information in an instant. Keep it simple.
Using the Portfolio:

1. Use the portfolio as an integral part of your job interview, not as something extra you brought to the interview. For this reason, you need to be selective in what you include so that it is not bulky.
2. Use the portfolio to help you answer questions. There is only so much time for the interview so use it wisely. Use the portfolio to sell who you are.
3. Do NOT wait to be asked before showing your portfolio. For some interviewers, seeing whether or not you use your portfolio is part of the interview process. If you don't bring it out in the interview, you may very well leave without it every being seen.

Relevant Links:

  1. Designing Professional Teacher Portfolios - North Carolina State Univ. and the Public Schools of North Carolina
  2. How to Develop a Professional Teacher Portfolio: A Manual for Teachers
  3. Preparing A Professioanl Teaching Portfolio - The University of Texas at Austin
  4. ERIC Digest - Professioanl Teacher Portfolio Assessment
  5. Electronic Portfolios - Alphabet Superhighway
  6. Guidelines For Developing a Professional Portfolio - Michigan State University Teacher Preparation Program

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