How to Create a Teacher Portfolio

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A teaching portfolio is a collection of your teaching credentials and experiences. Creating a teacher portfolio will allow to you to display your teaching ability and qualifications to administrations and potential employers in a professional manner. Learning how to create a teacher portfolio will demonstrate your skills and abilities as a professional. A portfolio is helpful when seeking a promotion, applying for a new job or to provide proof of your competency and professional growth.

Method 1
Purpose

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    Create a teacher portfolio to present when applying for jobs, promotions, transfers and teacher awards.
    • A portfolio offers evidence of teaching effectiveness for current teachers.
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    • A portfolio sets new teachers apart during the hiring process.
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Method 2
Content

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    Make copies of your diplomas and degrees.
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    Obtain copies of your teaching licenses and certificates.
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    Include your philosophy of teaching and the ability of students to learn.
    • Your statement should be no more than 1-to-2 pages in length.
    • The philosophy will describe your objectives as a teacher and how you plan to reach them.
    • It will describe your idea of effective teaching and how you feel teachers should relate to students.
    • You will describe your belief about what and how students are capable of learning.
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    Create a resume that demonstrates your ability and skills to perform in the classroom as an educator.
    • Include any grade level teaching experience that you have.
    • Note substitute teaching, childcare center work, Sunday school or other child-related teaching.
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    Acquire copies of evaluations conducted by administrators.
    • This can include evaluations and reports from your supervisor during student teaching if you do not have a teaching job.
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    Ask colleagues and supervisors to write letters of recommendation that attest to your good faith and ability to work with students.
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    Provide samples of lessons and/or lesson plans that show creativity and use of technology in the classroom.
    • You should choose lessons that stand out from the typical lesson format.
    • Include pictures, teacher-created materials and descriptions of the activities.
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    Include samples of assessment tools used during teaching
    • Use samples for assessment OF, AS, and FOR learning
    • Rubrics, checklists, exams, charts, etc can be included
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    Collect students' work resulting from effective teaching methods that you have conducted.
    • Always remove the students' names from the work.
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    Supply proof of attendance to educational workshops and training sessions.
    • Most sessions will give you a certificate of completion.
    • Identify any continuing education activities including any graduate coursework, professional organization memberships, educational research and professional journal subscriptions.
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    Document any educational or school activities that you manage outside of the classroom.
    • These include coaching, team leadership, school improvement committees, parent and teacher organization participation and student tutoring.

Method 3
Organization

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    Make a hard copy of all of the gathered documents and put them into a 3-ring binder or notebook.
    • Add a cover to your notebook stating your name.
    • Include a table of contents at the beginning.
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    • Use page protectors for your documents rather than punching holes.
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    • Sequence the materials so your personal information, such as degrees, teaching license and philosophy, are first.
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    Use a flash drive to make an electronic copy of your portfolio.
    • Scan documents that are not already saved on your computer.
    • The flash drive is easier to carry to interviews and provides proof that you make use of technology.
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    Search for an online site to create an e-portfolio.
    • Upload your documents and create slide shows and even videos of your teaching.
    • You can provide a link to your work for those that you wish to access it online.
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    Update the portfolio periodically to reflect recent development and growth in your profession.

Sample Philosophy

Sample Teaching Philosophy

Tips

  • Use an online portfolio when posting on job-search and resume websites so potential employers can access your credentials.

Warnings

  • Protecting the privacy of students is very important, especially when using the Internet to display your teaching portfolio. Never use documents, pictures or videos that reveal a person's identity other than your own.

Things You'll Need

  • Documents related to educational experience
  • 3-ring binder
  • Page protectors
  • Flash drive

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