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teacher portfolio for interviews


A few years ago, I applied for a first grade position in a neighboring district.  The employment in that district was highly competitive.  I, fortunately, landed an interview at a school there and knew I needed something to take with me to showcase my talents and passion for teaching.  I had read that teaching portfolios had helped many others in this situation.  I have always kept a portfolio each year to meet our state's professionalism rubric, but I needed something a little more tailored to the needs of an interview.  I decided to create my own that highlighted some important areas of teaching and that would serve as evidence to questions asked during the interview.

teacher portfolio for interviews

You can find my actual portfolio HERE on a previous blog post.  I have received lots of interest in other designs, so I decided to create this Cactus Style Portfolio.   I think it's also important to put your contact information on the cover, as well as your picture.  They might want to keep your portfolio to look over while making their decision.  Your picture will help remind them of you and your interview.  

The first thing they will see when they open your portfolio should be a quick paragraph highlighting your teaching philosophy, as well as your credentials.  

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I also wanted to take them on a tour of my classroom.  They should be able to envision me in their building.  Since I am a blogger, I have lots of photos of my classroom.  I included a blog post after this page in the portfolio that took them through my learning space.  You could even add a layout of your classroom from a website that allows you to create those.  That would show them that you value classroom layout and like to plan ahead.

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Lesson plans should definitely be included.  I have taught kindergarten, first, and second grade, so I included examples from each grade level.  If you do visual plans, definitely incorporate those!  They are attention grabbers and look great in your portfolio.  I also added a couple of photos of my best lessons that I created myself.

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I put a copy of my class schedule in there, as well.  Keeping a schedule each day is key to classroom management.  Classroom management is an area they will definitely want to know about.  What is your system?  How do you ensure a smoothly run classroom?  How do promote positive behavior and desired expectations in your classroom?  I included information along with photos of these areas.  Not only did I incorporate my latest strategies, I also added strategies of the past that I had tried with my students.

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One section in my notebook was all about creative activities I had incorporated in my classroom.  I divided that section up into some effective best practices.  In each section, I included the strategy, brain research to support the practice, and photos of them being incorporated into my classroom.  I also included some units I had created along with photos of students engaged in activities from those units.  

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Finally, I had sections for professional development and important documents.  You should include any professional development you have attended, as well as any you have led.  Be sure to also include documents such as a copy of your teacher license, praxis scores, and a college transcript.

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Of course, there was much more in my portfolio that I added.  You can see a snapshot below of all the sections you will find in this Teacher Portfolio.  Below are some testimonials from actual teachers who have used my portfolios in interviews:

"This was great! I took it with me to my interview and the Principal was so impressed, she offered me the job on the spot! :)"

"This portfolio template is AMAZING! It helped me highlight my experience as a teacher. I used it at a job fair in May, and I think it made a world of difference! Thanks!"

"I used this resource for my last interview. The interviewers loved it and i got my dream job!"

"This template was a huge reason I just got my new job! It was so easy to use and having the guide to follow was the best! This template is the best! Thank you for creating it!"

"Adorable and purposeful. It's SO clean, easy to read, and effective. I owe you in helping me get my new job for the upcoming school year...!!!"

I hope this portfolio is beneficial to you and lands you that perfect job!  Happy teaching and best wishes!

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Welcome to the 2D Shape Construction Zone!  We had so much fun transforming our first grade classrooms this past week to compose 2D shapes.  We have eight teachers on our team, and we each plan a different subject.  My teammate, Stacey Duffee, came up with all of the ideas you see here!  I am just going to show you what she came up with.  If one has an idea, we all jump on board!  I love that everyone on our team is willing to try new things and supports one another.  We are trying to transform our classrooms once a month, and this theme lent itself well to composing 2D shapes with other 2D shapes.  We use Magic of Math as our whole group math curriculum.  So, we just used their activities within the construction theme.  


It took us about an hour after school to decorate our rooms and the hallway.  We all jump in and help each other get it done.  It goes so much faster that way.  We all put this banner on our doors.  We also had signs on the lockers.


Each table contained hard hats, cones, and caution tape.  I covered my tables with craft paper.  I will put links to all of the items at the end of the post.  The best part of it all was that almost everything was donated by parents.  Their kids are going home and telling them about our room transformations, and they have been so supportive about it.  We just send out a Dojo message letting them know about an upcoming theme, a screenshot of what we need, and they are happy to help.  


Each student had their own vest to wear, too.  We got adult-sized vests, because they were a lot cheaper.  They were super cute on!  The kids love dressing up!


The hats were plastic and kid-sized, so mine wouldn't fit on my head.  So, you might want to order your own separate adult-sized hat.  lol


I put these signs all around the room.


This is our first grade team, minus one.  One the first day, we greeted the students at the beginning of our hallway.  We like to surprise them!  We hung these tablecloths from the ceiling and borrowed the cones from our custodians.  It was a great entrance and photo backdrop!  


We kept the construction theme all week during our unit.  


The construction theme can be used for all sorts of concepts!  You could do building words or constructing a certain type of paragraph.  Compound words would be fun!  There are so many possibilities!  Have you done a construction theme?  I would love to hear about it!  Here are some affiliate links below to all of the items we used!






substitute teacher binder

How many times have you gone to school sick because you didn't feel like writing sub plans?  I know that I have.  But it's not fair to you or your students to show up to work when you don't feel well.  I knew that I had to figure out a way to simplify substitute teacher plans and have them always ready to go.  You never know when an emergency could arise.  I decided to create a Substitute Teacher Binder that matched my Teacher Binder.  I am going to take you through what I include my sub binder and how I put it together, along with some helpful tips for surviving a day out.  

substitute teacher binder

This whole binder is editable.  Each page contains a header in the font called The Skinny.  So if you want to add anything different, that's the font you can download.  I begin the binder with a sweet little welcome note about my class.  All of these pages are just printed on regular printer paper.  

It's hard to tell in the photo above, but clipped underneath that paperclip on the left are rosters.  The sub will take attendance on these and place in the hallway.  I always have a bunch of those in there ready to go.  There is a roster like this included in the resource.  I like that it's on a half page.

substitute teacher binder

The Important Information page above is what I call a cover page.  Cover pages begin each new section.  I print these on cardstock and laminate with my laminator.   The pages are much more sturdy with these laminating pouches.  Of course, you don't have to make it into a book like I did.  You can also print the pages and put them in a binder.  Within the important information section, I have put health concerns, allergies, pull-outs, and any important information that I feel the sub needs to know about.  

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The procedures section is where I put my classroom management policy, helpful tips, who to ask for help, arrival procedures, my lesson plans, and dismissal procedures.  You could always divide these up into sections.  I just decided to condense mine.  I do provide cover pages for all that, though.  

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When it comes to lesson plans, I always keep a general lesson plan for each part of my day in the binder.  This is for emergency purposes.  I always have everything needed for the week in daily bins in my classroom, so they can follow these general plans and pull from that day's bin.  If I know I am going to be out, I pull these pages out.  I just add a few more specific instructions to each little blurb and then stick that in the binder.  Since I already have the format of my day typed up, it's super quick and easy to add these little details.  I have my center rotations all in PowerPoint, so I just print those slides and put them in the binder, too.  That way, they can still do centers just as if I am there.

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I print and place several rosters in this section, just incase he or she needs them for whatever reason.

substitute teacher binder

Here is a copy of our class schedule, but I also put the times on my lesson plans. 
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I have our cocurricular schedule printed on our wall with a clip that shows where we go for the day.   I also put one in here and just put a sticky note beside where we go.

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In the student transportation section,  I have a box sheet that tells how each student gets home.  I also have a copy hanging beside my door.
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Finally, I have these Best Day Ever note pages for the sub to leave me a note about how the day went.  Hopefully, it's a positive one!

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I also include these notes pages incase they need somewhere to jot notes.
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I do add tabs to the cover pages, so the substitute teacher can easily find each section when needed.  They are circle tabs that I print on cardstock.  I then laminate them and tape them to the back of each cover page.

Like I mentioned before, you do not have to bind yours like I did.  You could just as easily use a binder and sheet protectors.  But if you do want yours to look like mine, I used the Happy Planner accessories that you can find at Michael's or on Amazon.  I put some affiliate links below to what I used for mine.  The metal discs are a little more sturdy, but the plastic ones are cheaper and work just fine.  I also love the paper punch below way better than the pink punch by Happy Planner.  It can punch through lamination much more easily and can punch more pages at a time.  My pink one stopped working after a while, sadly.  So, I highly recommend this one!









One thing I forgot to mention is where I keep my substitute binder.  I have a basket by my door with the label Sub Tub on it where I keep the planner.   Inside the basket, I also have extra printables incase they run out of things to do.  I hate to leave busy work like that, but you just never know.  You can see below a more detailed view of all the pages I have included, but have fun making it your own!

substitute teacher binder

substitute teacher binder

substitute teacher binder

substitute teacher binder