As a requirement to graduate, we had to maintain a Professional Portfolio throughout our student teaching practicums. It was also required as a "Talking Piece" in our final assessment. I have used my portfolio in interviews if I feel as though it will add to the conversation, however I do not rely upon it. In my last interview it didn't leave my bag sadly, but I didn't feel like it was needed.
2. My Credo (this explains what I think a successful teacher is, and my knowledge, skills, and attributes for teaching)
3. Practicum Reports (This has my evaluations from all 4 of my student teaching practicums)
4. Lesson Plans (I organized this by practicum, my most recent practicum at the front and my latest at the back. I only picked one significant lesson plan from each practicum)
5. Unit Plans (This is similar to my lesson plan format)
6. Assessment (I outlined the different types of assessment i have used and I gave an example of a Unit test that I created)
7. Classroom Management (I discuss different techniques that I have used, and why classroom management is important)
8. Attributes and Experiences that Contribute to Teaching (These are skills that I have that contribute to my carrer as a teacher. For example: I was a tutor for a Grade 12 Biology and Math student while I attended university. I also donated my personal art creations to a school fundraiser.)
9. Letters of Recomendation
10. Professional Development Project: Math Games (my final practicum required me to develop my own PD project. I focused on math games and I included this in my portfolio)
So what do you think??? I am curious how other teachers have their professional portfolio organized. I followed my universities guidelines and changed some things for myself. I also suggest checking out Misty's portfolio ideas on her blog. I found it very interesting.