The purpose of this exercise is to help you become familiar with the many lasting uses of your professional portfolio. This exercise will also help you become acquainted with electronic portfolios as you think about the media that you will use to deliver your professional portfolio to interested audiences in your future.Chapters 6 and 7 in How to Develop a Professional Portfolio, 6th ed. provide information that will help you to complete this exercise. Please refer to these chapters as you complete this assignment. Refer directly to the textbook, in your own writing, as needed. Cite appropriately.Part One: Write About Portfolio Uses (250-300 words)
First, skim Chapter 6 of the textbook. This chapter discusses ways to use professional portfolios for job placement and throughout your career. As you skim this chapter, think about the portfolio that you are designing and how you believe it will work for you in your field.To complete this part of the assignment, write a 250-300 word essay that responds to the following questions:
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- In what ways do you think you will use your professional portfolio?
- How might your professional portfolio function during a job interview?
- How, specifically, will you make your portfolio work in your favor?
Part Two: Write About Portfolio Media (250-300 words)
Next, skim Chapter 7 of the textbook. This chapter discusses the benefits of electronic portfolios, and it provides some strategies for organizing and developing a portfolio in this medium.Drawing from the information in the chapter and thinking about your specific portfolio and its future audience, write a 250-300 word essay that responds to the following questions:
- What is the ideal medium (context for design and delivery) for your portfolio? Why?
- How does your ideal medium correspond with your portfolio’s expected audience?
- Thinking about your ideal medium, what strategies will you use to organize and store your artifacts?
- What is your plan for designing and delivering your professional portfolio in a way that is accessible to your audience?
The purpose of this exercise is to help you build a professional portfolio. You will then learn how to create two documents that summarize the content of your professional portfolio.
- A Table of Contents
- A Portfolio Brochure
The first document that you will create will be a table of contents. Think about the process of writing a complex document, like a research paper. After you have collected some of your research, you might begin the drafting process with an outline, bulleting the structure of the content in its proper order. Just as an outline serves as a structuring aid to order the content of the research paper, likewise, a table of contents serves as a way for you to order the pieces that you will include in your own professional portfolio. Once complete, the final table of contents will also help your readers see the full scope of your portfolio at a glance and skip to specific sections as needed.Your portfolio will be a compilation of many documents that need to be categorized. To get an initial understanding of what a table of contents for a professional portfolio looks like, refer to How to Develop a Professional Portfolio, 6th ed. (pp. 16-17).Part One: Write a Table of Contents for Your Professional Portfolio
The first four sections included in your table of contents might follow this generally accepted format:
- About the Author
- Teaching/Administrative Philosophy
- Personal Data
- Letter of Recommendation
- Student Teaching Evaluations
The next sections of your table of contents should be organized by your self-developed learning outcomes and the standards that your artifacts address. Each learning outcome or standard will be followed by a list of the artifacts that illustrate mastery of the outcome or standard. Depending on the details of your artifacts and self-developed learning outcomes and standards, your table of contents may follow this format:
- Artifacts for Self-developed Learning Outcomes*
- Artifact for (name self-developed learning outcome #1)
- (Title of Artifact #1)
- (Title of Artifact #2)
- Artifacts for Standards**
- Artifact for (Title of Standard)
- (Title of Artifact #1)
- (Title of Artifact #2)
*Self-developed learning outcomes are the learning outcomes you created for this course.**Please note that the sample table of contents on pp. 16-17 is built around the ten INTASC standards. You should be using NAEYC standards for your portfolio.***The last section of your table of contents should be a reflective summary of your experiences as a whole and your goals for the future. You do not have to name this section “Conclusion.” Be creative.Part Two: Design a Portfolio BrochureThe second document of summary that you will create for this exercise is a portfolio brochure. Think of this document as your “ Portfolio at a Glance.” In other words, this brochure will provide a brief summary of your portfolio in a format that is both attractive and comprehensive. Anyone who looks over this document should be able to get a clear picture of your professional development in a short amount of time. Think of this document in the same way you think about creating your résumé; it must be short yet complete, and it must stand out in a crowd of other resumes.To get an initial understanding of what a portfolio brochure may look like, refer to Appendix B in How to Develop a Professional Portfolio, 6th ed. (pp. 99-100).To develop your portfolio brochure, please refer to the instructions in Appendix B in How to Develop a Professional Portfolio, 6th ed. (pp. 101-103). These instructions are also included for you below:Writing the Brochure
- REFLECT on one standard at a time.
- SELECT at least one artifact to feature within a standard [or self-developed learning outcome].
- FOCUS on the teaching behaviors that this artifact shows.
- REWORD your teaching behaviors into concise, specific statements in the past tense.
- CLARIFY your teaching behaviors by writing a short descriptor of the competency demonstrated directly above the name of the artifact.
- CONTINUE steps 1 through 5 for each standard [or self-developed learning outcome].
Assembling the Brochure
- CUT and PASTE the list of information using a larger piece of paper or a computer.
- EDIT the contents of your draft brochure.
- SELECT desktop design software that will assemble your text to catch the reader’s eye.
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