Tips for Successful Portfolio
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Too much of
a good thing, is not a good thing! Avoid text that is too lengthy
and multiple photographs of the same activity. Say the most you can
with as little as possible. Focus on highlights instead of tedious
detail. Keep the audience wanting more, not overwhelmed.
highest quality materials you can reasonably afford. You have spent
thousands of dollars on your education, be sure the packaging of your portfolio
suggests a discriminating taste. The aesthetic value of your portfolio
is a reflection of pride in what you do, shows respect for the education
profession, and suggests a degree of perfectionism on your part.
If any artifact
included in the portfolio (i.e., student work samples) is larger than 8
1/2 x 11, don't use it. Ragged edges scream "tacky". If the
sample is so wonderful that it must be included, take it to Kinko's, MailBoxes,
Etc., or a similar copy center, and have a color copy made, then reduced
to 8 1/2 x 11 so that it fits neatly in a plastic sleeve.
that are worthy of entry, are worthy of a label. The label should
be computer generated, tell an approximate date, location, and brief description
of what is taking place in the photograph. Be able to defend each
photo entry in your portfolio. Any photo in your portfolio should
show specific insight into some aspect of your teaching or experience.
The mere ability to take a picture and have it developed will not impress
too many employers.
You may not
be able to judge a book by its cover, but the cover of a portfolio is the
first impression your audience gets. It should be a true reflection
of you. If you are very conservative by nature, you will probably
be comfortable with a basic white, gray, or maybe a marble swirl paper.
Typically, black print is the most formal. Use an easy to read font.
If you consider yourself to be creative and a bit of a risk-taker, experiment
with color, texture, line, font styles, and dimension to find something
that is visually appealing to you. Develop several front covers and
get opinions of others in our profession. The front cover is the
place to introduce the "theme" that will transcend the entire portfolio.
All type should
be computer generated. No handwritten labels, dividers, or tabs.
Be careful to not use too many drastically different fonts throughout.
All title pages/dividers should be done on with the same font.
laser and inkjet "fun" papers from Quill Corporation. Website: http://www.quillcorp.com
Ask for a catalog at 1-800-789-8965. These papers are pre-printed
in bold colors that have school/education symbols.
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