How to prepare a teaching portfolio: Part 3 – Handing it in and beyond

In the third and final part – leading on from parts one and two, as tradition dictates – of my mini series of posts on teaching portfolios I’ll be looking at handing in the finished product and what happens after.

9. Give yourself a break

Leave time between completing your portfolio and handing it in. OK, I know this is ideal world kind of talk, but make sure that you put your portfolio aside for a while and return to it later. You’ll be surprised by the number of small changes you’ll want to make, at least I was.

10. Hand it in… on time!

Is this too obvious? The chances are that if your institution has asked you to put a portfolio together that they regard it as being important. Don’t hand it in late. If you’re lucky, you’ll have been given plenty of prior warning about when you’re expected to hand it over. I had almost six months to get mine together and even with an early start and steady work I still had quite a bit to do in the days leading up to the hand in. You can’t do this at the last minute, you really can’t (by now I’m hoping that you’ve realised the words ‘cobble’ and ‘together’ in the title of the post shouldn’t be taken literally).

11. The interview

If the process is being done properly, the hand in will then be followed by an interview. Mt interview is scheduled for approximately one month after the hand in date. This is where I am right now. So, how will I prepare for the interview? Basically, my approach will be based around the fact that this isn’t for anything as fancy as gaining tenure, but it is a review of my performance during the past few years. Consequently, I’m looking forward to getting feedback on my teaching activities but I’ll also be using it as a platform from which to build a plan of what my goals should be for the coming years.

12. Resources

While looking into the process I fould a load of online resources. Perhaps the best was at Mary’s blog ‘The English Corner’ which, frustratingly, I discovered the day after I’d handed mine in.

Alternatively, googling ‘teacher portfolio‘ or ‘teaching portfolio‘ will deliver multitudinous links to teachers who’ve put their entire portfolios online.

If you’d like to chat about this with me in more detail, you can probably get in touch with me on twitter (I’m trying hard to heed my own warnings about social networking but the bloody thing is addictive), my twitter suffix is yearinthelifeof.

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2 thoughts on “How to prepare a teaching portfolio: Part 3 – Handing it in and beyond

  1. Heard about this site from a friend. Love the fact that you made it so easy for people like me to get to grips with teaching portfolios. More power to you!

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