Developing your Teaching Portfolio

According to the Teaching Council teachers as professionals are trusted to make their own decisions about their professional learning and development. http://www.teachingcouncil.ie/en/eBook/Taisce.html

They suggest teachers should develop a portfolio (it could be a physical folder or a digital repository) and use the term Taisce (Irish for treasure) to describe a portfolio; think of it as a treasure chest.

This portfolio will reflect your continuous professional development from initial teacher education to life long learning. The TC suggests that teachers should reflect on their own learning, collect key ideas, and then select (photo, video or written reflection) to include in the portfolio. Their website includes an explanatory video. The portfolio can be completely private or open.

The  National Forum also recommends that teachers in higher education or the 3rd level sector develop a portfolio to reflect their continuous professional development (see National Professional Development Framework for all Staff who teach in Higher Education (http://www.teachingandlearning.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Professional-Development-Framework-for-Circulation-9th-July-2016.pdf.

As part of a National Forum funded project, Dublin Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Tallaght, Institute of Technology Blanchardstown, and Hibernia College launched the ePortfolio Hub website. This offers a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in incorporating ePortfolios into their teaching or creating their own ePortfolio, including how-tos, templates, guides, presentations, videos and research findings. Please visit this website if you intend to create a digital portfolio: http://ePortfoliohub.ie/ . (Copy and paste into browser).

This section will be used to develop a community of shared interest and practice.  I will add in some resources and we can have discussions about how best to develop your portfolio.