Tips for Teachers: Creating a Teaching Portfolio Online
Finding a Location
- Blog platforms (e.g., WordPress, Blogger, EduBlogs) can be used for portfolio presentation and offer quick set-up with a wide variety of templates or themes to choose from so that your site will have a professional look.
- Website creation tools (e.g., SnapPages, GoogleSites) are becoming more intuitive and allow for some customization and different types of content.
- Digital resume tools (e.g., VisualCV, Pathbrite) are also available and require few technology skills to get started.
Selecting and Reflecting
- Teaching philosophy: Why do you teach? What are your objectives as an educator? Reflect on your approach and motivation. Vanderbilt University provides general guidelines for writing this personal statement and reflective questions to get you started.
- Work samples: Include some of the materials you’ve created for your courses, such as lesson plans, assignments and rubrics, syllabi, and multimedia items.
- Continuing professional development: How are you strengthening your skills and developing new areas of expertise? Share your efforts ranging from reading lists and conference participation to publications and certificate completion.
- Awards, recommendations, and evaluations: This category includes information provided by others who know you and have worked with you professionally, and can be formal or informal in nature. This could also be just a list of items or bullet points, to keep personal information offline.