More Portfolio Suggestions
For education majors:
- Use a large three-ring notebook in "conservative" colors.
- Organize materials into sections and use tabs or divider pages to separate and label each section and provide a table of contents.
- Put your name on the outside of the portfolio and use minimal decoration or embellishment on the cover.
- A border design is nice, with the border design on each divider page to add continuity.
- Mount photos and other materials with rubber cement, applying on the back of the item to be mounted and on the surface of the place it is to be mounted.
- Use construction paper to mount photos and other materials for a more dramatic, professional appearance.
- A laser printer gives a professional look, especially if you are not as confident in your handwriting. If hand lettering words and labels, use a straightedge to draw a light guideline (nothing looks worse than crooked lettering!).
- Create a balance of information and pictures/print and white space. Be aware of visual appeal.
- Make it short enough so that administrators will take the time to browse through it.
- One option is to keep it easy to reproduce and affordable to mass-produce.
- BE NEAT! An unorganized and messy portfolio is worse than no portfolio at all.
Presenting Your Portfolio
Some school districts request that portfolios be submitted with your application; others request that you bring it to an initial or follow-up interview. Communicate with the district you are considering to determine their preferences. Be prepared to discuss each item and answer questions.
Contact Kathy if you have questions.