I recently applied for a first grade position in a neighboring district.  The employment in that district is 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.  

Since I was going after a primary grade teaching position, I wanted the colors to be bright and colorful.  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.  


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.


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.


Lesson plans should also be included.  I have taught kindergarten and second grade, so I included examples of both.  If you do visual plans, definitely incorporate those!  They are attention grabbers and look great in your portfolio.  


I included a copy of my current classroom schedule.  I wanted them to see that consistency and routine were vital to my learning environment.  


One section in my notebook was all about lesson plans and 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.  


Another section in the portfolio highlighted assessment and data.  Education is so data-driven these days that I knew I had to incorporate this.  I listed all of the assessments I had experience with, included data from assessments I had administered (do not include student names), and showed how I used the data to drive my instruction.


You may be asked about parent communication in your interview.  In this section, I included newsletters and various other ways I communicated with parents and got them involved in their child's education.

I also took the time to break down what my reading and math blocks looked like.  I made sure to mention the five components of reading, curriculum I had experience using, and student work samples.  I made sure to highlight how each of these areas drove student success.




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.

         

There are many more components to my portfolio that you will have access to if you purchase this Editable Teacher Portfolio.  I am confident it really helped me receive the first grade position.  It provided easy evidence for me to refer to during the interview.  The file is a PowerPoint, but you could also save it as a PDF when completed to send digitally to principals.  Since it is editable, you can add or take away any pieces to fit your needs.  It will definitely make you stand out in your teacher interview!


I am working on other editions of this product.  Look for a chalkboard, floral, and a gold and floral design coming very soon!  I hope this portfolio is beneficial to you and lands you that perfect job!  Happy teaching and best wishes!









Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!
This was my first year in kindergarten.  I have to admit I was very hesitant about making the transition from second grade to k.  I always said that I could never do it.  It helped that I was in a team teaching position year, but I still had my reservations even once the school year started.  It was so different.  They were so little.  I just wanted to go back to second grade where I was comfortable.  Fast forward to October---I had fallen in love with kindergarten!  It was where I knew I needed to be.  I was a kindergarten teacher.  As the year went on, I grew even more attached to the grade level and especially to the students.  A few weeks before school was out, however, I accepted a new first grade position in a different district.  I am so excited about this new opportunity, but I am really sad to let my kindergarteners go.  I have become more attached to this group than any other group, so I wanted to make that last week with them special.

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!

My teaching partner and I rotate lead teaching days.  I made sure to plan this book on the day she was lead teaching, because I knew I just couldn't make it through it. ;)  We were both crying our eyes out by about page three!!!  It's the saddest yet sweetest book and mirrored our week perfectly.

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!

We tried to make this year the most memorable year possible, since it it kindergarten!  We took a couple of days to create a memory book to reflect on all of the good times.  I forgot to take pics of their actual ones.  I would recommend printing the cover page with Astrobrights paper and the inside pages on white.  It was so fun to see what was most memorable to them and what had really stuck with them.  

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!

Once our memory books were complete, we read First Grade, Here I Come! by Nancy Carlson.  We then made a First Graders Can, Have, Are anchor chart together to help them with the next activity.  I forgot to take a pic of that, too, apparently.  Ugh!  It was funny to hear what they thought about first graders.  Apparently, first graders are big time and really cool!  Lol!  We turned our anchor chart into individual mini books for them to take home and then made the fun hats above.  They were all about showing that hat off to the first grade teachers!

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!       Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!
      
Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!       Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!       Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!

Before graduation and packing up, I thought it would be fun to make a little grad craft to hang at the actual graduation.  We attached a writing piece of their favorite memory from kindergarten.  These were really sweet to read and I am sure a great keepsake that parents will always treasure.  

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!

I made our diplomas for graduation.  We had a rainbow theme in our classrooms this year, so I wanted to incorporate that theme throughout graduation.  

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!

And if you want to cry your eyes out even more, sing this song with them!  It is so fun and a perfect end to the year with your students.



You can check out the end of the year pack below, along with the one for first grade.

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of kindergarten.  Your students will love creating a memory book, first grade ready hat, first graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents! 

Looking for end of the year activities for the last week of school?  This end of the year pack is perfect for those last days of first grade.  Your students will love creating a memory book, second grade ready hat, second graders can, have, are mini-book, a graduate craft, and printable diplomas.  These will create the perfect keepsake for parents!


What do you do to celebrate the end of the year with your students?  Thanks for stopping in and I wish those of you who are still in school a great rest of the year!  You can do this!  ;)