A look inside my professional portfolio that I use when I go for job interviews. This Early Childhood Educators portfolio highlights the work that I do, and I give you a look inside at what I include, ideas, and tips to make your own.
This past Tuesday I had an interview at my school board. I was really excited about the opportunity to showcase some of the work I have done in the classroom. It was also a great way to broaden my professional horizons.
I created a professional portfolio so that I could have visuals to showcase what I had done in the classroom. The portfolio was shared in my Instagram stories, and I had some requests to write a blog post about what I included.
This post gives some ideas about what you can include in your own portfolio and how to put one together.
I kept the cover very simple- my name and my title. I wanted it to stand out, but not be overwhelming with information.
The cover image is from Pexels, it is a free stock photo site. I made my portfolio in Microsoft Word, but you could use any program that you are comfortable with.
Inside my Professional Portfolio
I printed out and included items that I wanted to have on hand. I do not have pictures of some of these things, for obvious reasons:
- a copy of my resume;
- a copy of my references that I could give my interviewers;
- a list of questions I had about the job posting;
- certificates of PD I had completed.
I also made sure I brought a pen with me and wrote down any information that I thought I would need in the future.
What I included in my Professional Portfolio
I included these pages to showcase the work that I have done in my classroom throughout the year. I included any ‘buzzwords’ that I know our school board is looking for, and anything I saw in the job posting that I wanted to speak to.
The items I included in these pages:
- The STEM page showcased the fun we had with a Sphero;
- Skype in the Classroom was included because of how engaged my students were when we did it;
- Inquiry is an important part of the kindergarten classroom, and this Seeds and Plants topic was so meaningful for my students;
- I included pictures of the Assessment Loop in my classroom to show the different ways I include students and make it interactive (like this writing checklist);
- The pictures of centers was a way to show how l integrated math and literacy skills into the students’ play (check out the sight word building center);
- Showcasing student voice in the classroom is important to me, it creates a sense of belonging for my students;
Other items included
Another item that I included (but did not take a picture of), is a copy of the information package I made for a PD session I hosted with a co-worker. This was one of the things the interviewers seemed to take the most interest in, and having a copy of what I had presented really helped.
I think that my portfolio helped me when I was speaking to some of the things I had done in the classroom. Instead of just talking about what I did, I could show that I did it.
I don’t know if it is the portfolio that helped, but I did receive an e-mail the next day asking me to come for an interview for another position! I am really excited about the opportunity, and I think I want to try and make my portfolio digital so that I can leave them a link to look at.
What do you include in your portfolio? Let me know in the comments!
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