- Resumé—this should be up-to-date and include your student teaching experience. Resumés can take various forms. Generally, your resumé should include education, work experience, volunteer experience and experience with people of diverse backgrounds, presentations, areas of interest, awards and memberships in professional organizations, activities. (First submission—EN 2560; revised EN 431 , EN 4550)
- A presentation of yourself as a professional—this section should reflect your commitment to the teaching profession. You should include a statement of your philosophy of education consistent with current research (many employers require this). Take an informed stand on issues affecting the profession. Identify questions related to teaching for investigation. You could also include summaries of articles, position papers and a statement of how your personal philosophy of education relates to teaching reading, literature, language, communication and writing. (First submission—EN 2560; revised EN 431 , EN 4550)
- A presentation of yourself as a writer—this section should include examples of published and unpublished work. Find samples which show the range of your writing, and document how you use your writing as a teaching tool and as a means of reflecting on and refining practices. (First submission—EN 4310)
- A presentation of yourself as a reader—demonstrate your own reading predilections and interests, and how they relate to your classroom practice. Your documentation might include the contents of a personal literature anthology; personal reading logs, in-class writings, lists of favorite books, formal and informal responses to literature. You should include evaluations of young adult literature—how these books contributed to your personal growth, and how they might do so for your students. Your writings should also apply various theoretical approaches to literature to specific works and discuss how the use of literature can increase cultural awareness. (First submission—EN 4550)
- A presentation of yourself as a practitioner—this section could include a unit plan, lesson plans, reports of demonstration lessons, photographs or videotapes of yourself teaching (photographs are especially useful in interviews). The items you include should show your ability to plan and implement lessons and to assess learning in conjunction with the New Hampshire State Frameworks. You should include at least one lesson which integrates work with another discipline or demonstrates how writing and/or literature can be integrated into another discipline. (First submission—EN 2560)
- Student responses—this section could include student work, communications from students, student evaluations. Again, photographs of scenes in your classroom and posted student work would be desirable. (First submission—EN 4310)
- Reflections—this section should include your thinking about teaching and learning. You can include journal entries from your student teaching or tutoring, reports of observations and papers, all of which should show your thinking about what goes on in classrooms, your critique of existing practices and your ability to reflect on the moral dimensions of practice. You should also include observations and other writings which demonstrate your ability to document students’ growth as writers, readers and thinkers. (First submission—EN 2560; revised EN 4310, EN 4550)
- Other—create an area (if you wish) to highlight your special areas of interest. Possibilities include dance, theater, journalism, collaborations, coaching, etc., etc.
You must complete a satisfactory, revised and updated portfolio by the end of the semester. There will be two revision stages this semester. If, by the time you submit the final version, you have not made sufficient progress in updating and revising your portfolio, your grade for the course will be withheld until you do so.
Each of areas 2 through 7 should contain a rationale statement explaining what this area means to you as a teacher and as a person, along with an explanation of the artifacts (or evidence) that you chose to include. You should also include your goals in each area in its respective rationale statement.
Present this material in a hardcover, three-ring binder (one to two inches thick) with tab dividers for the different sections. Make the presentation as visually pleasing as you can, design a cover and include photographs or illustrations. Feel free to add other sections which may be more specific to your situation. Keep the resumé first, but you may vary the order of the other sections to highlight your special strengths.
You should also strongly consider creating a supplementary CD or Web page incorporating these materials (and more). Employers are definitely impressed by both.