Here’s the entire portfolio in one shot. Over on the DOENuts blog, the author really captured the reason I feel this is worthwhile:
As the words from my in-law bounced around my head, this teacher, who has been blogging his teaching portfolio all week popped into my mind. I know from reading his blog that he’s not looking for a job. In fact, he’s a National Board Certified Teacher. He’s got his credentials and then some. He’s also part of a founding team of a school that is opening in the Fall. Surely he’s got better things to be doing than to be constructing and blogging his teaching portfolio.Or does he?Ok follow this: If teaching is the essence of what we do, and learning is the essence of teaching (which it is), and if subjecting your work for public display (for the purpose of, among other things, peer review) is a very important component of learning (which it is. Why else do we have our kids give oral presentations in front of the class?), then why aren’t we all subjecting our work for public display and discussion?
Each of the past two years, I put together a portfolio of my work along with other teachers at Bronx Lab. I missed that tradition at Young Writers this year, so have decided to take some time to do it on my own before I completely dive into the work of opening Harvest Collegiate.
The goal of the portfolio is threefold: to document some of the work I did this past year, to take the time to reflect and learn, and to share with the larger community I am lucky to have through this blog. I will be posting a portfolio entry a day until it’s done. There are eight entries, one for each year of my career thus far. Questions, comments, and thoughts are always greatly appreciated, but are even more so for this.