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Portfolio Development: A Journey of Self-Reflection
Unformatted Document Text:  my area of expertise. Ask for a thank you letter to be sent to you. Document it! Helping the local charity during Christmas to wrap presents etc? All that needs to be documented. Pictures help as well if you have any. So I think you get the picture. Document every aspect of your career at the college and keep those documents in a safe place, unlike myself who had them everywhere not knowing I would need them later on. Again, DVDs, CDs and photos can also be used and sometimes are more valuable than what is written on paper, or so I have told. So yes, this is a lot like a treasure hunt. Chapter Two – The Jigsaw Puzzle, Putting the Pieces Together: Now we have almost everything we need to make this happen, and this is where the really hard work begins. This is where it changed my whole outlook, on my career and aspirations, and basically what I wanted to achieve in my chosen profession. If I said awe inspiring and life changing, would that be too melodramatic? But actually, it was all that and more. The gathering of all the materials, while time consuming, and in my case, back breaking was only the entrée! Now we need to get to the main course. So I have all this stuff in front of me. I have gone to an office supply store and bought a three ring binder (and in my case I think it was three inches thick) and the dividers and all the material things I need to put this together, except once I have all this material what am I to do with it all? Do I just want to put it all together or do I want it to tell a story, a story that will show a progressive enlightenment of who I am as a teacher, and a scholar? As John Z explained to me, it really is all about what I want to achieve in my profession and how I go about doing it so that it will improve not only the way I teach and research, but will be measureable and attainable. It will show that through continued efforts I can attain certain aims 14

Authors: Jones, Sharon.
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my area of expertise. Ask for a thank you letter to be sent to you. Document it! Helping the
local charity during Christmas to wrap presents etc? All that needs to be documented. Pictures
help as well if you have any.
So I think you get the picture. Document every aspect of your career at the college and
keep those documents in a safe place, unlike myself who had them everywhere not knowing I
would need them later on. Again, DVDs, CDs and photos can also be used and sometimes are
more valuable than what is written on paper, or so I have told. So yes, this is a lot like a
treasure hunt.
Chapter Two – The Jigsaw Puzzle, Putting the Pieces Together:
Now we have almost everything we need to make this happen, and this is where the
really hard work begins. This is where it changed my whole outlook, on my career and
aspirations, and basically what I wanted to achieve in my chosen profession. If I said awe
inspiring and life changing, would that be too melodramatic? But actually, it was all that and
more. The gathering of all the materials, while time consuming, and in my case, back breaking
was only the entrée! Now we need to get to the main course.
So I have all this stuff in front of me. I have gone to an office supply store and bought a
three ring binder (and in my case I think it was three inches thick) and the dividers and all the
material things I need to put this together, except once I have all this material what am I to do
with it all? Do I just want to put it all together or do I want it to tell a story, a story that will
show a progressive enlightenment of who I am as a teacher, and a scholar? As John Z
explained to me, it really is all about what I want to achieve in my profession and how I go
about doing it so that it will improve not only the way I teach and research, but will be
measureable and attainable. It will show that through continued efforts I can attain certain aims
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