Selecting Items for Your Portfolio

Contents of a Teaching Portfolio

These are examples of things you may want to include, but you are invited to use your imagination to share your unique story!

  • syllabi for courses taught
  • samples of your instructional planning
  • samples of student work
  • a recording of your teaching
  • reflections throughout the development and implementation of a new course
  • findings representing classroom research
  • peer coach reviews
  • charts showing student performance over time
  • written comments from student evaluations
  • faculty development certificates
  • honors and recognition received

A good teaching portfolio will have a balance of artifacts from self, from others, and from products of student learning.

Choosing What to Put in Your Portfolio

Throughout the year, collect a variety of artifacts in a folder that you think might go in your portfolio. At the end of the year, select the most essential items to place in your portfolio.

The portfolio should not look like a scrapbook. Items placed in the portfolio should be included for a specific purpose. It is helpful to write captions on everything and written reflections on the few outstanding pieces. Captions should be no more than a few words or one sentence about why you included the piece.

The best way to decide whether an artifact should go into the portfolio is your answer to this question, “Does the artifact directly evidence progress on the goal I have set and/or the story I am trying to tell?” If the answer is yes, put it in your portfolio with a brief caption about why you selected it.

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