Collect, Connect, Select, Reflect
Beginning your Professional Portfolio
Collect - finding your artefacts/evidence
1. Beginning with the standards: Think about the standards and then hunt through all of your teaching 'stuff' and collect anything and everything you think will show how you have achieved the standards.
2. Beginning with your evidence: Think about the best lessons you taught during all of your practicums, the ones when the learners were really engaged and you got the feeling they were really learning. Gather up (collect) everything you have for those lessons, your plans, work samples, observation notes from your AT etc... etc... Then match this evidence to the standards (I personally think this way would be easier).
REMEMBER to have a look at the illustrations of practice to see what would be good examples of artifacts/evidence on the AITSL website...
Which artefacts/evidence BEST demonstrate my achievement of the standards?
Once you have 'collected' your artefacts/evidence you now need to begin 'connecting' what you have collected to the standards and focus areas.
As you do this you will begin 'selecting' the artefacts/evidence that you think match or don't match so well. So you are 'connecting' and 'selecting' simultaneously.
Once you have found enough artefacts/evidence to demonstrate each standard, critically review these now and look for multiple connections (see examples below).
I would suggest that you limit your artefacts/evidence to between 6 and 8 objects. You will find that some things will provide evidence for several standards for example a Unit Plan....
Unit of Work - The Farm - Example 1
Here you can see one page taken from 'The Farm' unit of work and the standard and relevant focus areas have been identified beside it. So.... parts of a unit of work will demonstrate different standards and focus areas. Have a look at the following example which shows connections to different standard and focus area.
Unit of Work - The Farm - Example 2
This is a great way to show how several pieces of documentation demonstrate the achievement of two standards and the appropriate foci areas.
Unit of Work - The Farm - Example 3
Documentation from this same unit of work has been selected here to form another artefact/piece of evidence which demonstrates different focus areas of Standards 1 & 4.