I can remember carrying around my big black portfolio at Central Michigan University’s teacher fair when I was a fresh new teacher. We worked throughout the last part of our college career putting together a showcase of sample lesson plans, evaluations, student work, student letters, a resume, and test scores. It was beautiful.
Not one principal at the fair asked to look at my portfolio. I had two different schools interviewing me before I accepted a position. One interview team did not even look at my big black portfolio. The other school flipped through it. I had worked so hard! CMU had emphasized how important it was to have a magnificent portfolio to get hired as a teacher.