Starting to think about a Teaching Portfolio for employment

What is a Teaching Portfolio?

A Teaching Portfolio is a compilation of documents and artifacts that reflect your teaching experience and practice.  It is an ongoing record of your career.  When applying for teaching positions, some interviewers may wish to see one.   Even if an interviewer does not ask to see the portfolio, you will find that compiling one refines and enhances your resume by providing supporting information.  It is a clear indication of your professionalism.

 How do I create one?

We will have a workshop on January 10th to guide you in the creation of your portfolio.  As well, there are a number of guides including the articles listed below:

Professionally Speaking

Portfolios Promote Professional Growth

http://professionallyspeaking.oct.ca/march_2002/portfolio.asp

Faculty of Education Resources

http://www.edu.uwo.ca/interactives/TeacherPortfolio/index.html

What should I be collecting throughout the year?

As a guideline, it is better to over-collect at this early stage, knowing that you will sort through what is best to include in the portfolio later in the year.  Items you might begin to save in a file could include:

Lesson plans, particularly those you have implemented in practicum

  • Examples of student assessment tools and strategies you use with your teaching
  • Photographs of teaching in action (No child faces unless there is permission.  Backs of head or blurring faces are fine.)
  • Letters of reference or names of those willing to write a letter on your behalf
  • Practicum evaluations
  • Certificates for any professional development you attend at the Faculty,

in the school system during practicum, and from conferences and workshops you attend on your own time.

  • A list of professional development goals you have for the future.  Consider courses, conferences, workshops, visitations you may wish to make.
  • A personal bibliography of education material you read through the year, with particular attention to those works that have motivated and inspired your teaching.    If there are key quotes or sections which resonate for you, photocopy the selection or be sure you know where to locate them again.  This may be material that will support your Philosophy of Teaching statement.
  • Cards and notes from children and parents.
  • List of contributions to the school community, whether extracurricular or other voluntary activities
  • Division or committee planning work while on practicum
  • Examples of working collaboratively with colleagues

 (Note: Teacher Education wishes to thank to Betsy Reilly, Instructor at Western’s Faculty of Education for this valuable contribution)

 

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