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Teaching Portfolio

A teaching portfolio is an important tool for a teacher to have in the education field. A teacher can outline his or her accomplishments within their portfolio in order to gain a higher-level position in the work force. Most portfolios include a range of evidence from different sources to back up the teacher’s work ethic. Sources include samples of student work, self-reflections, syllabi outlining course material, and reports on classroom research.

There are numerous materials that every teacher should place into their portfolio. A teaching philosophy statement and a statement concerning responsibilities (i.e., course titles, numbers, student demographics, how courses were taught, and how these fit into the overall goals of the department) are vital components of any portfolio. Moreover, it is best to describe steps taken to improve teaching, and how non-traditional education settings, such as special help sessions, played a role in the teacher’s work.

EducatorsEducators should also include material from other individuals when constructing their teaching portfolio. Examples include student course evaluation data, statements from colleagues and other faculty team members, student feedback on the instructor, or other honors and accolades, which reflect a positive overview of the educator.

Teachers should also compile materials relating to how their student’s performed in the classroom and how the educator contributed to their growth. Samples of student’s work with feedback from the teacher show how the pupils have performed over a given period of time and how the instructor dealt with individual situations. A teacher should also include any student journal submissions that have been compiled over the school year. Scores on tests, department exams, and national exams should also be included to reflect the success of the educator’s classroom methods. In addition, any classroom tapes or videos showing how the teacher went about his or her methods are always a good way to build rapport with others who are looking over a teaching portfolio.

One of the most important components of this material is

 the personal statement from the educator, which outlines the instructor’s mission and how they will adapt or modify their methods when changes arise in the field. This statement should include thoughts on the teacher’s role in different environments; how the educator’s methods fit within the overall teaching role; and how these methods have been modified in response to student attitude, course materials, or curriculum alterations.

A teaching portfolio as mentioned should take student feedback into account. A student evaluation on how the course was taught and what they learned from the course is an important part of the material. An instructor should analyze these comments to see who enjoyed the course and who did not. These comments can also be sorted by a student’s GPA or the expected grade a student intends to receive for the course. This process of analyzing student feedback may help to explain or balance out any negative comments a teacher may have received.

There is a lot of information and data an educator has to assemble when putting together their teaching portfolio. This important tool helps others get a better view of how the teacher has performed in the past across a wide spectrum of educational settings. A teaching portfolio is a step toward a more open, professional view of teaching and reflects the practice as an academic activity. When it comes to deciding how a portfolio should be put together, institutions should focus on what exactly is effective teaching, and what kinds of standards factor into the practice of teaching. A portfolio should only include the things, which document the teacher’s practice, and not an exhaustive overview of every detail in the education.

Importance of Portfolio

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1. Define your strength. The more focused, the better.

With many students taking the same courses and applying for the same jobs, it is important to differentiate yourself from the others: Are you a great writer? A graphic designer? Or a stellar event planner? This paints a picture in your potential employers’ minds of your overall ability. You can also throw in a few other things (extracurricular activities, etc.), but 80-90% of your project selections should illustrate your strengths. Warren Berger, author of “Glimmer”, describes this as being a “T-shaped person”, where you can have a breadth of abilities, but have one skill that you know deeply.

2. Be proactive, find your own projects.

Settling for your school projects just won’t make the cut. The reason being is that your peers and classmates will be working on the same assignments/projects. So what makes you stand out? Your experiences outside of school. Having outside work, volunteering, and other extracurricular activities (athletics, personal interests, clubs, etc.) not only gives you more to flaunt, but also tells employers about your character. It shows you’re involved in activities outside school, can work with people other than your classmates, and can thrive outside an academic environment. Portfolio documents could be items like: newsletter or blog articles written, certificates of achievement like “Employee or Volunteer of the Month, Customer Service Award, Athletic achievements, Photographs, copies of your degrees, special training, workshops and/or reference letters, thank you notes, performance evaluations, to name just a few.

3. Maintain your portfolio

A portfolio is a living document. It evolves over time, in the same manner and pace that a young professional progresses. It is a personal reflection of who you are and you can use it in your job search, during the interview, and even when you get employed at your performance review.

Keep in mind that you should be featuring newer work as your skills and experience progress over time. Don’t worry about not having the best right away as your first set is meant to get you off the ground. It gives you a starting point to grow from and provides you with visual feedback on how far you’ve come along since you first started. It can be quite encouraging.

Finally, have faith in your work. Who else would love it better than yourself? Present them in the best way that you can and highlight its most valuable elements. Leave your audience with something unforgettable about your portfolio, and then find ways to push your ability forward.

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Various Steps for making amazing portfolio :-

1. Take a step back, and curate your best work.

Take the time to look at all of your work and carefully choose the right pieces for your portfolio.”One piece of advice I got from my mentor was to always showcase the type of work you want to be doing in the future,” says Matias. “Display only the projects that you are really proud of, that look the best, and that use the best materials.”Choose at least five projects so you can demonstrate the breadth of your work, but be selective. Remember, it’s always better to have a portfolio of a few projects that are stunning than dozens of projects where some of them are just OK. The quality of your portfolio is only as good as your weakest project.

Always showcase the type of work you want to be doing in the future.

2. Use eye-catching images, and share the backstory.

Now that you’ve edited the work you want to show, get into the nitty-gritty of each project and think about how to best present it. Visitors like to know the story behind your finished work, so think about presenting your process — from the initial concept, to early sketches, to the finished product.A good rule of thumb is to present the whole piece first, followed by more detailed shots to show the precision of your craft. Stylized photography is a nice touch, as long as it doesn’t distract from the work itself.

project-viewMatias: “First, contextualize the project with a short paragraph. Add a title that makes sense and gives a hint of what this project is about. You want this to be quick reading — you need to be able to glance at it and understand what it’s about. The title, a short paragraph, and first image should be engaging enough to make people want to look at the entire project.”

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NOVUM 11/11 by Paperlux

Written Portraits by Van Wanten Etcetera

project-3 Citroën DS Line Book by Laurent Nivalle

Once you’ve decided how to frame and explain your project, focus on finding the perfect images or media to showcase the project, starting with a cover image.”If you’re using covers to present your projects in a gallery, it’s important that your cover is crafted,” says Matias. “Your cover doesn’t have to be an exact image from inside your project — you can custom design a cover if the project requires it. For example, maybe you just want to display text. Unify the look of your covers as much as possible.”

covers-1  Orlando Aquije Abarca on Behance

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Heydays on Behance

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Andy Gugel, Art Director  on Behance

3. Keep the website design simple, and let the work take centerstage.

When designing a portfolio, you want a website that is straightforward. You want your content to be the focal point, rather than a distracting design.

“Your website is a vehicle for people to find your work,” says Matias. “You don’t want the site to be overly flashy or unconventional — that will make the content more difficult to access. It’s not that I prefer minimalistic designs — it’s a question of creating the visual environment you need to showcase your work most effectively. Simplicity in the interface and visual design of your website will push your work to the surface, where it should be.”

This means simple navigation and the fewest amount of website sections necessary. “Have a gallery of work and a contact page? That’s a great portfolio website.”

Simplicity in the interface and visual design of your website will push your work to the surface, where it should be.

When it comes to customization, Matias advises you to keep it simple —pick one font, and keep things consistent. “One font and sticking to it will make your life easier. Pick a color for each link state that’s the same across the site.”

prosite-1 bradgeiger.com, built on ProSite

prosite-2 iancrombie.net built on ProSite

4. Craft a bio that expresses your unique process and/or point of view.

Personalize your “about” page to tell your story, not just list your past jobs. Here are a few key pointers for reinventing your resume as a compelling bio:

  • Share a Point of View.As a creative, you have your own unique perspective on your industry and the creative world. Frame your bio with your own creative focus or mission statement.
  • Create an origin story.Share the backstory of how you developed your point of view. Did you have an experience as a kid or early in your career that lead you to pursue a passion or shaped your creative direction?
  • Ground your experience using external details.Anchor your bio with details that demonstrate your connections through the creative world. Think notable clients, press, or publications.
  • Be approachable.Round your story out with some personal trivia. Have any hobbies or interests you obsess about? Revealing some guilty pleasures keeps your bio approachable and relatable.
Personalize your “about” page to tell your story, not just list your past jobs.

5. Add distinctive elements (e.g. awards, your blog), and broadcast your work.

Now that you’ve got all of the necessities, consider any other distinctive elements that you can include to give you an edge.

  • Mention awards.If you have mentions in press or awards, do include them.
  • Invite contact.If you’re looking for freelance or contract work, consider using a contact form on your portfolio. Forms from Wufoo or JotForm allow you to customize fields so you can ask for all the information you need up front, like budget and timeline expectations.
  • Make sharing easy.Including buttons to share your work on social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Google+) can help bring more exposure and an audience to your site. Promote your work on social media whenever you add new projects to draw attention to fresh work as well as your overall portfolio.
  • Include your blog.If you do have a blog that you update frequently that also represents where you are professionally or adds value to who you are, include it. Matias advises, “A blog needs to add something to your site – otherwise forget about it. No clutter.”

6. Keep your portfolio fresh.

Keep in mind that your work doesn’t end with just creating a killer portfolio. You’ll also want to regularly update it. The best portfolios are never static. As you create new and better work, make sure you make additions to showcase your latest projects, but with the same focus on careful curation!