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Preparing and Bringing a Teaching Portfolio to the Interview

Preparing and Bringing a Teaching Portfolio to the Interview

Many teachers underestimate the importance of bringing their teaching portfolio 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.

Unfortunately, there will be many times you won’t be able to show your portfolio, but it will make an impression if you bring your teaching portfolio to the interview.

A portfolio is an excellent way to showcase work that you otherwise may never get in front of an interviewer’s eyes. It contains accomplishments and information outside the realm of what would be in a resume and cover letter. A robust, well-rounded, and engaging portfolio will make you stand out from the crowd when competing for a job.

What to Put in a Portfolio

When attending an interview, you should bring a portfolio containing information that demonstrates your ability to create lesson plans. Show how you manage your workload while in college (if you are a new teacher), include teaching certifications, thank you notes from parents or students, classroom newsletters, and hours completed as a student-teacher.

Include your resume, cover letter, philosophy of education, sample lesson plans, and letters of recommendation in the portfolio.

While having extra information in your portfolio is a fabulous asset during an interview. Don’t inundate it with useless information. Don’t include every dissertation written, holiday card received, or individual lesson you taught in your professional career. A portfolio full of pertinent, exciting, and impressive information can be beneficial.

Don’t just bring a standard portfolio with your resume and cover letter. Making a solid effort to demonstrate your strengths will show the interviewer you are organized, a forward strategic thinker, and proud of your accomplishments and that you are passionate about securing the opportunity. Those who are interested in reading it will be impressed by your forethought and preparation.

While it is essential to have a quality teaching portfolio assembled, some interviewers will decide not to review the contents. Lack of time is usually the reason. Don’t panic – it’s okay. Don’t take it personally or assume it is a sign of something negative. Just don’t impose the portfolio on those who prefer not to review it, and be sure you have it for those who do.

Details Matter

If you can, try to purchase a professional-looking portfolio binder for your treasured contents. Not only will it put a professional and polished look on your work, but it will add yet another visual layer of preparation in front of an interviewer or panel.

If you can’t afford a leather binder, don’t fret. For example, a neat-looking, solid-colored, professional folder will do fine. Just be sure it isn’t old or tattered.

An excellent teaching portfolio can be very beneficial in helping you secure the 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.

Have you landed an interview or scored a big job based on your impressive portfolio? Comment and share your experience below! If you need help assembling your educational artifacts, reach out to Candace today!