UPDATE: My new portfolio is at samjshahportfolio.wordpress.com.
Inspired by Kate Nowak’s new portfolio, I am going to be making a new teaching portfolio this summer. I wanted to solicit advice.
- What would you want to see in a portfolio if you were checking out a math candidate to teach in your school?
- What are any math teachers portfolios that you have seen that you’ve enjoyed looking at?
- What place do you think would be a good place to host it?
I’d love for you to put any advice in the comments.
More about my thoughts below, if you care to see them.
The fundamental thing about the porfolio is that I want it to be less formal, chalk full o’ information, and exhibit my personality. FUN AND LIGHT AND VISUAL AND COLORFUL!
Things I’m thinking of including:
- my life trajectory (how I got into teaching)
- projects I’ve done with students
- letters of recommendation that I used to get my current job
- my blog (which is the best professional development that I’ve done) and links to some favorite posts
- my use of technology
- classroom projects
- smartboard lessons I’ve used in the classroom
- my evaluations from administrators who have observed my classroom
- professional development / curriculum development
- transcripts (undergrad, grad school)
- non-teaching contributions to my school
- my Massachusetts teaching license
Any other ideas? I’d love any ideas. I’m mulling:
- photos of me teaching
- video of me teaching
- student feedback
- a “me in numbers” page, and a “me in words” page
- a short piece about my love for math
- my twitter username (and some of my favorite tweets) – since I mainly twitter with math teachers
- a “the formal, short, and dirty” page of what a traditional portfolio might have
How I precisely present all of this information is going to be the fun challenge. I’m thinking: venn diagrams, colorful charts, links, etc. It’s fun to dream of it, but I know it’ll be trying to learn how to actually create this half-formed vision.