The Professional Portfolio is:
- A tool for collecting and showing growth and achievement over time
- An expanded, or multi-dimensional, resume
- A common requirement for teaching placements
- A good exercise in self-evaluation
There are two ways of presenting a Professional Teaching Portfolio:
- A 3-ring binder/notebook-style
- Electronically, stored on hard drives, Zip disks, websites, or CD-ROM.
Be A Smart Keeper:
- Keep a large enough box to store portfolio materials for up to a year at a time.
- Sort through your box at least twice per year.
- Place in your box items such as printed results of special committee work you participated in.
- Keep an inexpensive camera with fast film, flash and batteries in the classroom for visual documentation of your work.
Basics of a good portfolio:
- Essential Components
- Educational philosophy and teaching goals
- Professional Information
- Unofficial copies of college transcripts
- Non-credit coursework
- List of professional development activities, including workshops and conferences attended
- Letters of recommendation
- Formal evaluations
- Documentation of an Extended Teaching Activity
- Overview of unit goals and instructional plan
- List of resources used in unit
- Two different lesson plans, one from your concentration and a unique lesson you taught.
- Videotape of teaching
- Samples and evaluation of student work
- Reflective commentary by the teacher
- Additional units/lessons/student work as appropriate
- Keep It Simple:
- Don’t overload your portfolio with page after page of lengthy text or repetitive photos.
- Title of the item
- Date produced
- Description of the context
- Be Timely:
- Review your portfolio at least twice a year.
- Pencil in changes to your resume at this time so that you can retype an updated version quickly and easily.
- Make Copies:
- Where possible, use copies of originals in your portfolio, keeping the originals in a safe place.
- Make It Clear:
- Create a custom cover for your portfolio with a three-ring binder with a clear insert on the cover.
- Use clear plastic page holders inside to keep your pages clean and neat.
- Keep It Legible:
- Use a computer to type and print out easy-to-read information sheets or a table of contents.
- Use 12-point type where possible for easy readability.
Why create an electronic portfolio?
- A portfolio that includes visuals, audio, and video formats can be more dynamic.
- Information can easily be stored on hard drives, CD-ROM or Zip disks
- An electronic portfolio is compact, can be easily updated, and can be easily transmitted to potential employers.
- The more RAM, the better!
- A color flat-bed scanner is your best choice.
- Digital Camera
- Capture video and take single-frame pictures.
- Close-focus adjustment is best for documenting writing samples.
- You can also take pictures with your 35mm camera , which can be put onto a CD or scanned.
Multimedia Software Program
- Consider using HyperStudio, which has the following advantages:
- Easy to learn and allows the user a great deal of flexibility
- Quick and easy input of sound, pictures, and video
- Ability to link to other programs
- Tools for "drawing" with the mouse
- Available for both Macintosh and IBM
- Ability to print to video
- Other multimedia programs to consider:“HyperCard” and “Digital Chisel”
- Off-the-shelf software allows you the freedom to create your own portfolio arrangement
- Consider using a web-authoring program such as Claris Home Page, Macromedia Authorware or Macromedia Director
- Step 1 - Get Prepared:
- Technical skills required for developing an electronic portfolio include:
- Converting files from any application
- Scanning/capturing and editing graphic images
- Digitizing and editing sound files
- Digitizing and editing video files (VCR to computer)
- Organizing portfolio artifacts, creating links and buttons
- Organizing multimedia files and pre-mastering CD-ROM
- Writing CD-Recordable disc using appropriate CD mastering software
- Recording computer images with narration to video tape (computer to VCR
- Step 2 - Plan Ahead:
- Decide on content of portfolio items (see components of a portfolio (above)
- Gather multimedia materials to include in the portfolio that represent your growth and achievement
- Step 3 - Storing the Portfolio as you work on it:
- Store portfolio artifacts digitally/on the computer during the development stages.
- Some of the most common ways to store items include:
- Computer diskette
- CD-Recordable (CD-R) & CD-ReWritable (CD-RW)
- Video Tape
- High density floppy (Zip disk)
- WWW or Intranet
- Jaz disk
- Step 4 - Create Individual Portolios
- Open the template you created and enter information
- Add information:
- Scanned images
- Links to other programs
- Save to desired location
* For help in creating your electronic portfolio, you might want to consult Digital Portfolios in Teacher Education, by Laurie Mullen, Jodie Britten and Joan McFadden
(Jist Publications, 2005)