Your portfolio should include the following elements:
- Bio/About Me (who you are)
- Goals (at least 3 goals you had for joining the program)
- Reflection (look back/look forward on your progress as a teacher-scholar)
- Evidence of completed activities & notes from teaching journal
- Samples of work (to demonstrate your learning)
- Teaching philosophy
Writing the Reflection:
Because your portfolio represents the culmination of your fellowship, it is important to remember that the goal is to tell a compelling story through your reflection and samples of work. The goal for the reflection is for you to look back - What did you believe about teaching when you began? What misconceptions might you have had? What were your initial goals in applying to the program? - as well as look forward: What do you believe about teaching or teaching professional development now? Which professional development activities surprised you? How has the program changed your approach to curriculum design, lesson planning, or inclusive teaching? What are you eager to continue learning about, and where will you go from here? As you write, consider how to use concrete examples from your experiences to show us how your learning and thinking has evolved over time.
There is no length or format requirement! The best reflections will be thoughtful and honest, make claims about your learning, and support these claims with evidence (personal experience counts as evidence).
To create your portfolio, select of the following options:
OPTION 1: Create a .pdf
Depending on your level of tech-savviness and expertise, you may consider compiling a .pdf with a table of contents. Keep in mind that design elements still play a role here - your portfolio should be organized logically and use fonts, colors, and line spacing to optimize the reader's experience.
OPTION 2: Create an e-portfolio:
Many readers enjoy eportfolios because of the ability to read non-linearly (clicking through links and reading at their own pace). You may consider creating your portfolio with a template-based website creator like Google Sites, Weebly, Wix, or Squarespace (there are plenty of options). The simplest one is probably Google Sites because you can use your UArizona credentials to log in. Regardless of which program you choose, you can opt to publish your portfolio or keep it visible to a select audience. When you’re ready to submit, please make sure you have “published” it (if you choose Option #2 or #3) or, for all Google products, set the correct viewing privileges under the “Share” tab in the top-right corner.