Select 2 or more portfolio artifacts and write a paragraph or more to introduce a reader to the portfolio item. Items such as photos of teaching and learning projects, students’ work and responses, excerpts from teaching logs, notes from supervisor’s or cooperating teacher’s observations of teaching will be the best to use in writing introductions and reflections.
Items that will not need introductions, conclusion – certificates, awards, resumes, cover letters, and similar items.
INTRODUCTION FOR CLASS ASSIGNMENTS: PERFORMANCE TASKS
Delete Class Assignment details – name, date, professor, etc.
Create a Unique Title
Sign name at end of Project
Create a unique introduction that describes the context of the assignment
Case study: Write about a specific student and your work with him/her. Provide a context. Why did you choose to write about this student? Focus on your work with this student? What have you found challenging with him/her? What goals have you set in working with this particular student? Have you had private sessions with the student to learn more about his/her attitude or his/her way of learning? How have you accommodated his/her special needs and/or learning styles? What have you learned from him/her about attitude or aptitude?
WRITING ABOUT TEACHING: TENSIONS and THE FUTURE
Write about a tension or conflict that you experienced while teaching? What caused the tension? How was it resolved? What are your hopes in dealing with the issues if it was unresolved?
Write about your future as a teacher. What are you most concerned about in the future? What do you look forward to most? What do you perceive as your strength now, and in the future? What do you think you will struggle with in working with students? In working with colleagues? In working with the administration? What do you think are your special strengths in working with students, colleagues and administrators?
Write about the dynamics of working with school colleagues. Have you found a mentor? Who is that person and what drew you to him/her for professional support? Are there specific stories you might write about related to discussions with the mentor? What have you both found important to inquire about in thinking about teaching and learning?
Write about relationships or connections you have had with school personnel who are not teachers or administrators.
Write about how you have invested time and energy beyond the classroom.
What provides evidence of your professional commitment to teaching? What school activities have you found especially meaningful and why?
How do you grow professionally? What professional reading do you do? What meetings do you attend? Membership in organizations? Ways you reflect about your practice? Collegial relationships for professional growth
If I were to recommend anything to future teachers I would recommend. . . (2 or 3 things) because. . .
The person who I met while teaching who has been the most helpful to me is . . . Because of _____________(name) One time, I or he/she. . . .
I would describe my teaching style as . . . (perhaps a metaphor – were you an orchestra leader, scientist, actor or actress, performer, others?)
The student who really challenged me is _________ use pseudonym. What I have tried that has worked has been . . . Some false starts and other tries that have not been successful were . . . What I have learned in working with ______
Over the years I have learned _________ about classroom management, learning, planning, establishing relationships with students, establishing relationships with colleagues.
As I tutored I focused on note-taking skills for improvement in reading comprehension. Through working with these various students on their lessons I learned how important it is as a teacher to emphasize note-taking in my classroom. As a student I have learned various note-taking skills throughout the years, and this tutoring experience helped to reemphasize the important details and basics of what I had forgotten about note taking because it has become second nature for me as a college student
Create a photo essay. Use a collection of photos and show the process as well as the product. For example, take photographs as you begin an activity with students. Then take photos in the middle of the process. Take final photos as students display their work.
Be sure that you are in some of the photographs. Many times we take photos of the students we want to remember or the projects they have created. In a teacher portfolio you will want to be visible in orchestrating the activity.
Add text that will give a viewer the context for the photos. Often texts can describe your teacher thinking and reveal your strengths.
Digital photos can be very useful in documenting teaching. Learn if your school has a digital camera that you may use for photos.
Ask about the school’s or organization’s policy about using pictures of students or other individuals.
Depending on the policy, ask students or parents/guardians whether you can use the pictures in your portfolio. Do not include names with the pictures.