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Portfolio Development: A Journey of Self-Reflection
Unformatted Document Text:  work, and how would they improve the class for next semester. Now the reason for these are two fold: First, I take these very seriously and try to work on the rational ideas given to me, but secondly, if they want to rant about getting bad grades on their papers, they usually get it out of their system on these and usually won’t do it again on the institutional evaluations that I pass out right after they have finished with mine. So I have a set of these with almost every class I have ever taught. So now I need to go through a box of these and pick out some of the better ones. I didn’t include all the “how great the teacher is” evaluations, I also had some that were critical of my teaching method or a book I assigned etc, and by using them and remarking that I had changed that method or book by the next semester. Remember, we are also showing in the portfolio that we have improved and are continuing to improve our teaching style and methods. I am very particularly fond of one evaluation that stated “I’ve never met a person like you Mrs. Jones-and it’s cool that you aren’t afraid to voice your opinion even though it makes you look like a loon half the time!” Some might not have included that evaluation, but as I probably am a loon, might as well be up-front about it! Once you have all the syllabi and evaluations and letters from students and peers, you need to look for documentation about your continuing education as a teacher. Attended any teaching conferences? Edited any teaching journals etc? For example, I even documented my attendance at the Portfolio Development Workshop. Attending the workshop was not mandatory, and therefore, attendance can show that you are serious about your development, and they needn’t know you had no clue whatsoever as to what a portfolio was before you attended! I might also mention here, for those who are recent graduates, you might want to invite a colleague to come and sit in one of your classes. Ask them to write a letter addressing their observations. I have one from NY that I have included. 12

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work, and how would they improve the class for next semester. Now the reason for these are
two fold: First, I take these very seriously and try to work on the rational ideas given to me, but
secondly, if they want to rant about getting bad grades on their papers, they usually get it out of
their system on these and usually won’t do it again on the institutional evaluations that I pass
out right after they have finished with mine. So I have a set of these with almost every class I
have ever taught. So now I need to go through a box of these and pick out some of the better
ones. I didn’t include all the “how great the teacher is” evaluations, I also had some that were
critical of my teaching method or a book I assigned etc, and by using them and remarking that I
had changed that method or book by the next semester. Remember, we are also showing in the
portfolio that we have improved and are continuing to improve our teaching style and methods.
I am very particularly fond of one evaluation that stated “I’ve never met a person like you Mrs.
Jones-and it’s cool that you aren’t afraid to voice your opinion even though it makes you look
like a loon half the time!” Some might not have included that evaluation, but as I probably am
a loon, might as well be up-front about it!
Once you have all the syllabi and evaluations and letters from students and peers, you
need to look for documentation about your continuing education as a teacher. Attended any
teaching conferences? Edited any teaching journals etc? For example, I even documented my
attendance at the Portfolio Development Workshop. Attending the workshop was not
mandatory, and therefore, attendance can show that you are serious about your development,
and they needn’t know you had no clue whatsoever as to what a portfolio was before you
attended! I might also mention here, for those who are recent graduates, you might want to
invite a colleague to come and sit in one of your classes. Ask them to write a letter addressing
their observations. I have one from NY that I have included.
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