How to Prepare Teaching Portfolio
What is a Teaching Portfolio?
A teaching portfolio is a structured collection of artifacts or documents that will change over time as you extend your practice, evaluate your teaching, reflect, and act on the results of evaluations, and design different and more effective approaches to your teaching.
In short, creating a portfolio involves reflection, collection, selection, and connection.
How is the teaching portfolio developed?
Collaborate with your lead mentor or head of the institution to:
- Clarify your teaching responsibilities.
- Reflect on your teaching goals, philosophy, and style. Consider using the three domains in the NTS.
- Organize the content to support your purpose and the evaluators’ guidelines or needs.
- Write your statement of philosophy.
- Gather your evidence.
- Select and add your best evidence, connecting it to your statement of philosophy. You want to provide enough evidence to support your claim of excellent work done.
- Show your draft of the content to a colleague or instructional developer to solicit ways of improvement.\
- Submit your portfolio to your assigned assessor and upload the same on the teachers’ portal for assessment/ validation.
How should my teaching portfolio be structured?
There is no universally used format, although guidelines are often issued with requests for portfolios and should be used if you are compiling a formal portfolio for a specific purpose. In the absence of clear guidelines for a specific purpose, there are a number of ways you could organize your collected evidence. These include:
- an annotated list of the items in your collection indicating the reason for the inclusion of each
- a reflective journal with reference to numbered items in the collection.
What are some of the things that must be included in the Teaching Portfolio?
- Scheme of Learning
- Learning Plan (Lesson Plan)
- Report from Head of Institution confirming that the teacher has taught for not less than 10 hours in a term (90 hours) for the TCPD cycle
- Reflective log/journal
- Teacher Training Logbook
- Action research conducted
- Write up on assessment methods used with justification
- Copies of learners activities
- Photos/videos on lessons
- Reports on co-curricular activities
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