this is good timing
I know this was once a post, but I can not find it. What should a teaching portfolio consist of? Ifa nyone can help me this would be great! By the way I got Harry WOng's book and teaching has become much better. Who would have thought, classroom procedures!
this is good timing
Baron Samedi MEd.
This School District informed us that the portfolio should include:
*You Philosophy of Teaching.
*A Sample Lesson Plan, to use at interviews,
*Ideas for Engaging Parents.
*Ideas for engaging Diverse Learners, Learning Styles/Culture.
*Your Classroom management System.
It was basically explained these five points should be included in about 5 pages.
If you are already inside the classroom you can include your curriculum Outline and some lesson plans and samples of some of your student's worrk in it.
I am an Adult Basic Education Instructor and I am looking to move into Middle School Science so some adjustment is needed in my Portfolio in order to reflect the Child centered learning. Currently I am the Center of the classroom given that the GED is so specific and the goal is simply to pass this exam in as short a time as possible.
Baron Samedi MEd.
My state requires all new teachers to go through an internship their first year. They must spend a certain amount of hours in class and out of class with a mentor teacher, be observed nine times by a committee, and complete a portfolio. My portfolio requirements are:
Philosophy of Teaching
Assessment Techniques and examples of student work
Collaboration with other teachers, adminstrators, and parents
Lesson Plans, including a unit plan for the final set of observations
It's rough, but I think it's worth it. I take all of the constructive criticism from my mentor, my principal, and my teacher educator seriously. Everything will only make me a better teacher (so says the naive intern)!
Wow. Reading all this makes me realise how luck I got off!
All we need to do in NZ to get a job is to have a recognised teaching diploma/degree and consent to having a police check done.
I agree, it would be good to have a teaching philosophy etc when applying for jobs, but as a BT who has only JUST finished her diploma, I think that my teaching philosophy etc will change dramatically during my first year of teaching.
That philosophy of education thing...I think I tossed it by the wayside about halfway through my first year. If asked about it now, I merely reply "pragmatic". Inside I will either be smirking or cursing.....
"Opportunity is often missed by most people, because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work."
"Quemadmoeum gladis nemeinum occidit, occidentis telum est"- Seneca
I am trying to think what my son had in his. I think he had the following:
*statement of teaching philosophy,
*description of (student) teaching experience (responsibilities),
*course planning artifacts: sample course syllabi, lesson plans, assignments, exams,
*evidence of teaching effectiveness: summary of student feedback, department evaluations,
*classroom management and discipline
*teaching awards and recognition, ( recognition from the university)
*professional development efforts.
"What is popular is not always right; what is right is not always popular!"
It was extremely helpful when I needed to reference what my Syllabi or lesson plans looked like.
I had to prepare one in college, but after I graduated I lost interest in keeping it updated...until one of my VP's used it for her formal evaluation of me...ever since then I have kept it updated.
I have used a couple of websites to see what is expected:
I usually do a Google search for: "teaching portfolio" <--with quotes
I also prepared an electronic portfolio to include with my resume for potential employers and I have posted another version online.
They are very effective and give schools an idea of your teaching style and abilities