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Dear Theo - returner portfolio

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by TheoGriff, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Mary - if you want comments on a long list, then please number the items.
    Can't expect us to re-write the list to comment!
    ___________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  2. AshgarMary

    AshgarMary New commenter

    Oops sorry - was concentrating on trying to put line breaks in:




    1. Brief Autobiography and Reasons for Becoming a Teacher


    2. Statement of Educational Philosophy and Professional Goals

    3. Classroom Management Theory and Strategy

    4. Instructional Units, Teacher Work Samples, Examples of Lessons with Reflective Commentary

    5. Case Study

    6. Sample IEP and/or Behavior Support Plan (without student/parent names)

    7. Classroom Assessment Procedures and Samples

    8. Observations & Evaluations from Early Field Experiences and Student Teaching

    9. Lesson Plans that Show Creativity and Organization

    10. Self-Designed Instructional Materials (Photos and Drawings of Games, Bulletin Boards & Classroom Displays, Learning Centers, Manipulatives, etc.)

    11. Field Experience and Related Out-of-Classroom Experiences

    12. Photos to Illustrate your Lessons and Classroom Experiences *Samples of Student Work and Classroom Projects

    13. Evidence of Continuing Professional Development ? Career Plan, Professional Organizations & Committees, Workshops, Additional Coursework, Professional Reading and Independent Study

    14. Technology in the Classroom (List Equipment); Personal Website

    15. Awards, Commendations (Congratulatory Letters/Notes) and Special Recognition

    16. Evidence of Parent/School/Community Involvement ? Home Visits & Letters Sent to Parents, Participation in School Activities, Knowledge of Community Agencies and Links to Students/School

    17. Optional ? Short video of you teaching a lesson and directly working with students
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Wow, what a portfolio!Many teachers won't have such an 'inclusive' one.
    First you'll need to actually get to an interview, before you'll have an opportunity to show it. So you need to look carefully at Theo's tips about applications
    How to get shortlisted
    How not to get shortlisted
    Jobseeking FAQs and you might look at Applications that annoy the appointments committee
    Theo is the expert, but from my own experience
    Pts. 1, 2 & 3 could be put into your letter of application.
    Pt 13 will often be asked for in your application form
    as for the rest, unless it's for an SMT post I doubt they'd expect so much for a class teacher position.
    I imagine it's experience of working within the UK education system which they'd be most interested in.
    However do wait for Theo's answer, he's much more experienced and able to give you the best advice.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Thanks - that's much easier to cope with!
    Now first of all - I am intrigued! And delighted for you, but intrigued!
    Where is this? The TDA says that it has stopped all Return to Teaching courses. Is this one of the Post-ITT SKE returners' courses, or the The School Experience Programme (SEP) ?
    Secondly - have you been asked to provoide a portfolio? If so, by whom? Is it a condition of joining the course? It is not normal for secondary schools, by the way, to expect portfolios, except in visual subjects (Art, DT, possibly Drama), so are you primary?
    Now the list is clearly US based - it uses terminology that we don't use in the UK. It is also extraordinarily long and detailed. No school would ever want to see all that - in fact no school would ever want to trawl through all that!
    It is also repetitive - what are the main differences between 4 and 9?
    Anyway, before I suggest what you pull together, I'd like to know if you are primary or secondary, and what you need the portfolio for, who has asked for it.
    Now, now, don't start people panicking, Lara!
    SLT positions do not ask for portfolios, and if they were to, they would not be teaching-orientated but asking instead for proof of leadership and vision. So all those aspiring AHTs who have looked at the list and swooned can now pick themselves up from the floor!
    Best wishes
    ___________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Not my intention, sorry.
    I was just so astounded by the 'fullness' of such a portfolio, which suggested an experienced teacher and doubt that people would expect anything as detailed as that for a class teacher position.

     
  6. AshgarMary

    AshgarMary New commenter

    Thanks Theo!



    I'm secondary and a physics specialist.



    The course isn't run by the TDA - it's funded by one of the constituent countries of Great Britain which has it's own Assembly, in conjunction with a university in that same country. I'm not being more specific because I don't know if it will run again and I was just lucky to get a place on the last one or whether it will run in future (though I'm happy to PM you details if you wish - but don't want to burden your Inbox uninvited as I imagine you get a lot of them!)



    Noone asked me for the portfolio, I am just trying to get a head start on things (jobs for September start being advertised in February I guess) and doing some independent research in advance of the course. I set myself an action plan, one point of which was find out what a returner (after very many years!) might be expected to produce to demonstrate keeping up with the subject knowledge, curriculum knowledge, teaching theory and so forth! I came across this portfolio list in my investigations and it did look rather daunting!



    As to the difference in 4 and 9, not totally sure but I saw 4 as being I guess more of a whole work unit eg for physics, maybe Forces and 9 more detailed individual lesson plans.



    I would be interested to know what someone interviewing a returner would be most concerned about and most want evidence of.



    Thanks.
     
  7. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well, now, that is nice and simple.
    Don't do a portfolio.
    Secondary schools will not ask for one. In fact if you turn up with one, they won't know what to do with it, just stare at it rather nonplussed.
    So you are saved all that work!
    • Familiarity with the current educational trends - AfL etc.
    • Familiarity with the latest subject developments
    • Familiarity with the subject specification for examinations. (You can apply to the exam boards to be a marker = that will go down well in an application)
    • Awareness of CP and safeguarding
    • H&S for a subject like Physics, including risk assessments
    This list will all be covered by your course, presumably.
    Best wishes
    __________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     
  8. AshgarMary

    AshgarMary New commenter

    Can you be a marker without recent teaching experience? That's interesting!

    Happily, all those things you mention are on my personal action plan.

    Thanks.
     
  9. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    My understanding is that in some subjects they are so desperate that you can be a marker without actually being a teacher yet - they take PGCE students . . .
    Best wishes
    __________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Seminars. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars
     

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