A portfolio is a tool that allows you to demonstrate growth and thinking skills through the display of work-over-time. It is a product that facilitates self-reflection, self-improvement, intrapersonal understanding, professional growth, interpersonal skills, as well as conceptual understandings and skill development.
What is the rationale for creating a portfolio?
- Is a purposeful collection of an individual’s work that exhibits effort, progress, and achievement in your professional preparation.
- Is a visual representation of an individual as a developing teacher.
- Represents an individual as a professional through his/her personal choices of works that reflect his/her knowledge, skills, dispositions, beliefs, and values over time.
- Becomes a window into an individual’s thinking, a means of understanding his/her journey in becoming a teacher.
- Provides a complex and comprehensive view of an individual’s performance in a professional context.
- Offers a broad and in-depth picture of an individual’s professional thinking and practice.
- Becomes a foundation for constructing a portfolio for interview purposes.
- Becomes the instrument used to indicate the completion of the requirements for licensure.
What are the School of Education’s purposes for having an individual create a portfolio?
- To facilitate self-reflection.
- To provide an individual with a means to demonstrate knowledge of and ability to apply the five ELL standards and the twenty-two UW-Platteville School of Education Knowledge, Skill and Disposition statements.
- To facilitate the process of self-reflection on teaching, learning, and personal/ professional growth over-time.
- To model effective teaching practices.
- To meet the needs of students as they enter the teaching profession through continued self-reflection for personal and professional growth.
- To facilitate integration of a student's professional coursework.
- To provide a foundation for a student to build on toward a showcase portfolio in order to display his/her work to prospective employers.
- To create a showcase of an individual’s work for internal (assessment of UWP outcomes for the School of Education) and external assessment (DPI - Department of Public Instruction, NCATE - National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) purposes.
- To create a document that provides evidence of a candidate's preparedness and competence required for licensure.
A hard copy portfolio must be presented after candidates successfully completed the course work of ELL Licensure Program. The hard copy may be very beneficial as a showcase portfolio in the application and interviewing process.
Table of contents
Place in a three ring binder
Use tabs to divide sections
Original documents should not be included in portfolio (photocopy)
Use protective cover sheets to protect artifacts
To evaluate your portfolio at each level, you should answer the following questions:
- Does the portfolio have visual appeal and is it reader friendly?
- Is the portfolio a realistic representation of your work?
- To what extent does the portfolio document growth, progress, and learning about teaching?
- To what extent does the portfolio show evidence of self- analysis, self- reflection, and self-evaluation?
- Are the artifacts selected consistent with your philosophy statement? Are appropriate artifacts documenting competence in the ELL Standards and UWP Knowledge, Skill and Disposition statements included in the portfolio?
- Does the portfolio overwhelm the reader with too much extraneous information?
You will develop your portfolio in three stages:
You will present your portfolio at each level and receive feedback. At each level, teams of two UWP School of Education faculty members will evaluate all portfolios. It is also your responsibility to respond to the feedback given concerning editing and revision. The completed and signed assessment instruments for each of the three levels of portfolio assessment must remain in the candidate's assessment section of the portfolio. It is the candidate's responsibility to be certain that the instruments remain a part of the portfolio as it proceeds throughout the stages of review to a final product presented as recommendation for licensure.