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Professional Development Portfolio at interview

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by scjr, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. I've been encouraged to bring a Professional Development Portfolio to an interview.I've never had to do this before and would welcome any suggestions on what to include / how to display it.
  2. PuRe

    PuRe Occasional commenter

    mine is just my teaching portfolio - sow/resources/letters from parents & colleagues/pictures/thank you cards. google for examples.
  3. the hippo

    the hippo Lead commenter Community helper

    The great Harry Deelman, of trouser-lending and Search Associates fame, was very much of the opinion that a teaching portfolio is a good idea when going for an interview. What you put into it is pretty much up to you, but I would recommend plenty of big colour photos of you with happy children, teaching resources you have designed, copies of articles you have had published, letters of recommendation from grateful parents, degree and teaching certificates, a few spare CVs and anything else that may give an interviewer a positive insight into who you are and what you do. If you have some photos of you standing on stage with the cast of the school, play you directed, put it in. If you edited the school newsletters, include some of them as well.
    Do principals always bother to look at these portfolios? No, they don't. Some will scrutinise every page and some won't even bother to open the portfolio, but you will probably feel more confident when you walk into the interview if you have your portfolio with you.
  4. SMT dude

    SMT dude New commenter

    I do. Not claiming any particular professional merit in saying so.
    It's just very interesting, and sometimes revealing, what kind of montage of their career candidates put together. We've seen some superb Power Point presentations too, and when you snuggle up to a candidate to peer together at the laptop, you gain insight into their attitude vis-a-vis personal hygiene, so important in sultry climes.
    Last time I applied for a job - one of those 'real' headships with €190,000 pa tax-free, six-bedroomed house with pool, chauffeur with white gloves kinda thing - I helpfully attached 'The Collected Posts of SMT Dude' to the CV.
    They didn't get back to me.
  5. Syria1

    Syria1 New commenter

    Always good, and often very funny. PP work a treat, in particular when you want to see the candidate in action - it gives them somefink specific to talk about,you can see a bit of their character coming through and it puts them at their ease. Anything to put a bit of colour into the application
  6. yasimum

    yasimum New commenter

    I just cannot imagine sitting down in an interview and whipping out a PP of my illustrious career. I think I would end up laughing uncontrollably.

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