Since moving to Annapolis I have been on the job hunt. Okay so it's only been like, 2 weeks, but you can never start soon enough, right? I had a job interview this morning and I got some really good feedback about my portfolio. Some of you were asking what was included so I figured I'd do a blog post about it!
So here goes...
The first thing I did was list some of my positive attributes on a random piece of paper. I thought about some things I knew I was good at and some things I knew that Principals would want to know about. I also scrolled through my computer and picked about some good photos that I knew I would be able to use.
The "about me" page is simple and quick. Just a little bit about me and how long I've been teaching. I don't have any kids so I mention my dog and I also threw in a little something about my blog.
Next, I decided to dive into the organization of my room. I'm pretty organized so just a few pictures helped to capture that. Along with my classroom organization I talk just a tad about what I do for behavior management. This section could go on and on because of the array of things I have going on in my room but I chose just a few points and narrowed my focus on those.
Communication is always a big thing.
I devoted one whole section to a few things I do to keep communication in check.
I also scanned a few products I created and uploaded them to my pages.
I come from years of Title I experience and have created many products to help with at risk students. I thought this would be a good section to add to show some of the activities I do daily in guided reading/math, etc.
My first grade team also worked hard to create opportunities for our higher students. I used this section to highlight what I do for my students working beyond grade level.
I've gotten some really sweet notes over the years and I've saved them. I took a few and scanned them into my file. I feel like this adds a good closing.
Add a cute little cover and you're done!
Usually, I just print the pages and slide them in page protectors and stick them in a three ring binder. That way, when I go school to school and I leave it, I'm fine with it being thrown away. This time, my husband insisted we take the portfolio to staples and have it professionally bound.
This IS a more costly option, but I have to say it looks very professional.
Hope this helps you in your pursuit of finding the teaching job of your dreams!