ERIC Number: ED382611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Career Portfolios: Helping Beginning Teachers Help Themselves.
Career portfolios can help beginning teachers land their first job and facilitate a teacher's professional growth as they develop in their career. A portfolio in this context is a collection of print, pictorial, and audio and video data that documents the candidate's experiences and training. Early in training, prospective teachers should decide on a portfolio format, begin to gather materials, and select documents with a purpose. A portfolio should illustrate the candidate as a multifaceted and creative teacher. Students must be a central feature of the portfolios with the materials portraying the candidates interacting with children in a broad spectrum of activities. Research indicates that teacher candidates with portfolio materials have a strong advantage in the job application process. They allow the candidate to display much more information about themselves than the routine application documents and credential files permit. Portfolios should include such items as videotapes of the candidate teaching, lesson plans, sample lessons, samples of student work, special events and commendations, statement of interests and aspirations, and documentation of work with children outside school. Portfolios should be well tabbed for easy retrieval and clearly labeled. Review by cooperating teachers or university supervisors will improve the product. In addition, a portfolio is never finished as it should be updated throughout a teacher's career. (JB)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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