Many teachers underestimate the importance of bringing their own teaching artifacts to the interview. But really, this is the time to show the interview panel what you have to bring to the classroom and the school community.
When attending an interview, you should bring a portfolio containing information that demonstrates your ability to create lesson plans, manage your work load while in college (if you are a new teacher), show your teaching certifications, thank you notes from parents or students, classroom newsletters, etc. You should include your resume, cover letter, philosophy of education, letters of recommendations.
Don’t just bring a standard portfolio with your resume and cover letter. Making a solid effort to demonstrate your strengths show the interviewer you are well organized, a strategic forward thinker, proud of your accomplishments, and that you are really passionate about securing the opportunity available.
While it is important to have a quality teaching portfolio assembled, there are some interviewers who will decide not be review the contents. Lack of time is usually the reason… don’t’ panic – it’s okay. Don’t impose the portfolio on those who prefer not to review it, just be sure you have it for those who do.
An excellence teaching portfolio can be very beneficial in assisting you in securing a teaching position of your dreams. Take time to assemble one now and continue to add to it as time goes on. This way you will have it ready when opportunity knocks.
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