Your Teacher Portfolio
Your teacher portfolio is an essential tool in your teacher interview. It provides hard evidence to back up what you are telling the interviewers about yourself as a teacher, your teaching style and abilities and your achievements during your teaching career.
We discuss what to include in your teaching portfolio and how to use it to your best advantage in your job interview.
Avoid over complicating your teacher portfolio. It should be easy to
read and understand and well organized. Don't overload it with documents
but stick to highlights and relevant examples of your teaching career.
Make sure it is up to date and that the pages are clean and neat. It should be bound in a neat and professional looking binder.
These are suggestions of what to include:
- title page
- table of contents
- extra copies of your resume
- letters of recommendation
- copies of references
- your educational philosophy statement
- sample lesson plans and /or unit plans you have recently used
- sample assignments
- samples of student work
- creative handouts you have designed
- sample worksheets
- examples of assessments
- scores on standardized or other tests
- photographs of classroom layouts and displays
- photographs of your students in action
- appropriate examples of your technology skills such as graphics design, presentations, word processing, spreadsheets etc.
- parent newsletters
- peer and department observations and evaluations
- examples of formal student feedback such as questionnaires
- professional development efforts such as teaching workshops and seminars
Have extra copies of your documents to leave with the interviewer if requested.
How to Use your Teacher Portfolio in your Interview
- Simply having prepared a portfolio and bringing it to the interview sends a positive message. You are demonstrating your commitment, your planning and preparation skills and your organizational ability. All these are key competencies for a successful teacher. Put it in front of you when you sit down for the interview and make sure it is easily accessible.
- Be very familiar with your teacher portfolio so that you can access any relevant documents quickly and easily.
- Don't wait for the interviewer to ask to see your portfolio. Be ready to show examples of your work whenever something in your portfolio is relevant to what you are discussing. You are providing proof of what you are telling the interviewer in your answers.
- You will create more interest by using your portfolio effectively during
the interview. It is far more inspiring for the interviewer to be shown
examples of lesson plans and photographs of classroom layout than just
to be told about it. It creates better rapport as you transform a
question and answer session into a discussion with your show and tell.
- Your teacher portfolio should be considered a work-in-progress. You
can customize it for the specific job opportunity by adding and removing
documents according to the teaching responsibilities of the position.
- A good tip is to show your portfolio to colleagues whose opinions you value and ask for feedback. Use this to improve on the content and presentation of your portfolio.
The Electronic Teacher Portfolio
There are advantages to creating an electronic portfolio. It can be sent
with your application to several different positions, it can be
accessed by more than one individual and it can be reviewed before and
after your job interview. It also provides a showcase for your
There are a number of ways to create an electronic portfolio. You can simply scan all the documents into an electronic file and save it as your portfolio. You can develop a presentation online using any number of applications including PowerPoint or you can use Google Docs to create and edit your portfolio.
Google Sites lets you build a website to
present your work and you can decide who can access the site.
format you select for your portfolio the content you include is key to
the impact it makes. Having a well organized portfolio full of
meaningful and relevant content to present in your teaching interview
will give you a distinct advantage.
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