Overview

 
During your education program, you must collect and compile evidence of your competence as a teacher. This evidence will be reported using an electronic portfolio system organized according to the Professional Standards for Michigan Teachers (PSMT). The portfolio you will build will be a “working” or “developmental” portfolio. It may contain lesson plans, course notes, photographs, scanned documents – all sort s of evidence to demonstrate your competence and your growth over time. Upon completion of your program, your portfolio and supporting documentation will be reviewed. Following this review, you may wish to edit your portfolio so it can be used as a "marketing portfolio", but this is not its primary purpose.

Click here to see samples of some actual AQ-SOE student portfolios.
Click here for a instructions on creating a portfolio in Google Sites.

Cover Page
  • This site is a sample student portfolio.  In place of these introductory paragraphs, your portfolio "home" page should include basic information about you, your teaching aspirations and accomplishments. A professional photo of you is also appropriate to include on this home page.
  • Present a general introduction of yourself, including "Uniquely Me" details which illustrate how you stand out from others as a unique individual and competent teacher. Must be professional and thoughtfully presented.

Writing Reflective, Meaningful Portfolio Summaries

Exhibits, assignments, projects, etc. in your portfolio may need a brief, concise, and well-written summary/analysis. This provides reflective elaboration of the evidence you have included that demonstrates your skills, attitudes, and knowledge. It helps the reviewer of your portfolio understand exactly what the exhibit is supposed to show about you and why it was included. Without these kinds of summaries, portfolios tend to be just large scrapbooks that do not necessarily give a complete and accurate picture of who you are and what you can do.

Every summary/analysis must have:

  • Identification information – your name, name of the exhibit, and date.
  • Description of the specific skills and/or attitudes this exhibit demonstrates.
  • Your own self-assessment including strengths, weaknesses, and goals you set for improvement.
 
 Steps for writing an effective portfolio summary/analysis:

1. Include a description of the specific skills, or attitudes this exhibit demonstrates. Explain in some detail what you had to do to complete the assignment, project, or whatever the exhibit is, and how this process proves that you have the skills, attitudes, or knowledge you say you are showing.

2. Showing that you can self-assess is very important. Discuss how you know the quality of the exhibit you include is at a high level. Just saying you got a good grade on a project, for instance, is not adequate because the reviewer does not know exactly what you had to do to earn that grade. Be clear and complete here and include things like criteria lists and rubrics that specifically show what you had to do to produce a quality exhibit.

3. Another important piece of self-assessment is goal setting and knowing realistically what your strengths and weaknesses are. Indicate in your summary what you are especially proud of in this exhibit and what you are going to work on improving.

4. Check for quality. Proofread your summary and seek input from others. Do the spell and grammar checks because a poorly done summary reflects on the quality of the entire exhibit.

5. Check your exhibits for confidentiality. If you have used samples of assessments, student work, or anything that has individual names, addresses, phone numbers, school names, teacher names, etc., make sure you remove that information from the exhibit. Permission for use of any student’s picture must be obtained and documented in writing.