It is important that you start to develop a professional portfolio at the very beginning of your teaching career.
- Keep a portfolio of your accomplishments as a teacher to demonstrate your abilities and readiness. It can be very important at several different points in your teaching career, including the following:
- When changing schools or applying to a new school
- When applying for a promotion as a coordinator or administrator
- When applying for a grant or scholarship
- Keep your teacher portfolio up-to-date. It’s important for it to be complete, and it can be hard to remember what you did a year ago if you need to catch up.
- Save all agendas. They provide evidence of professional developments and trainings that you have attended.
- Develop the portfolio as you go, and take your time with it.
- A professional portfolio might include the following:
- Current credentials
- Current résumé
- Classroom assessments you have used, along with examples of related student work
- Thematic units you have created
- Special activities you have participated in at school
- Professional developments you have presented
- Positive evaluations from administrators
- Grants you have written or received
- Documentation of professional growth
- Awards and accolades
- Photos of projects
- Video of projects
Having a well-organized file cabinet that houses lessons, activities, and thematic units makes your job significantly easier.
- Clean out your current file cabinets. Start fresh, and start clean.
- Keep only material that is current and relevant.
- Request file folders through your school. If your school doesn’t provide them, purchase them yourself.
- Keep extra file folders on hand.
- As you acquire new items, label and file them in a way that makes sense to you (for example, “CVC Words,” “Multiplication”).
- Determine which method of organizing your file cabinet is best for you—for example, in alphabetical order, by month, by time of year, by theme, or by need.
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