Hello everyone! I know that it is job hunting season for teachers. This season can be both stressful and exciting all at the same time!!! I know for me it was a roller coaster to say the least. I cannot believe that it has been a year since I had to go through the process of finding another teaching job. The field can be quite competitive so you want to make sure that you stand out, for me creating a portfolio helped the panel of interviewers connect with me. When I say panel lets just say that there were about 15 people who interviewed me, talk about intimidating. To top it off, I was interviewed in a group. Yup! A group, we were being interviewed in groups of 3!
So back to the portfolio… If you read my interview story you know that I had less than 24 hours to make this portfolio! Thank goodness I am a pack rat!
Here we go…
1. Start with a colored binder. This rule may not be appropriate in other professions, but in Elementary Education it is definitely a requirement! Think about it, if people do turn in a portfolio it will most likely be black, so why not take every opportunity to stand out!
2. In the pocket I added just some samples of booklets or programs you created. For me I added a program from a Kindergarten Graduation I had to plan and execute. Another thing I included was this ABC’s of Kindergarten (I got the idea from here). I created this to distribute at Back to School Night.
3. Dividers. I created dividers to separate my portfolio. Due to my lack of time I just printed them out on this cute paper and slipped them into sheet protectors.
- Professional Experience
- Additional Certifications
- Test Scores (CBEST, CSET, RICA. etc.)
- College Transcripts
- Copies of Student Teaching Evaluations
- Letters of Recommendation
- Glimpse of Mrs. Rivera’s Class
- A Little Bit About Mrs.Rivera: This is a sheet I go over with students and hand out to parents at the beginning of the school year.
- “A little bit of what goes on in Mrs.Rivera’s class..”: This is a sheet with my Class Mission Statement, Classroom Rules, Homework Policy, and other snippets of things we do in class.
- Samples of..
- Class Newsletter
- Weekly Homework Packets
- Behavior Chart
- Family Project
- Sight Word Program
- Math Facts Program
- Lesson Plans & Assessments
- Sample of Lesson Plans (I included some from my Kindergarten class, but also some from student teaching displaying various grades and various subjects.)
- Sample of Assessments (formative and summative) that I created.
- Star Testing Scores: I included a copy of my group report from STAR Testing. This particular report doesn’t include student names but shows data on how your students did in certain clusters.
And there you have it folks! Again this portfolio isn’t super fancy. If I had more time I would probably make a few changes. I’ve seen some include pictures and such. Considering that I put this together in less than 24 hours (actually I think even less than 12 hours) I think I didn’t do too bad. I hope this gives you ideas on how to create your portfolio. Good Luck and I hope you WOW them with your spiffy portfolio!
I’d love to hear from you or even see your portfolio email me or even instagram it and use the hashtag #DaintyClassroom.