A professional portfolio is one of the best ways for a professional to showcase their knowledge, skills and experience in their field. Educators will learn the value of a portfolio for job acquisition and career development as they work through the content and format of their own personal and professional portfolio.
Developing a Professional Portfolio
What is a Professional Portfolio?
Organized collections of work compiled for a specific purpose related to the demonstration of one's learning, skills, and accomplishments.
They contain purposefully organized documentation that clearly demonstrates specific knowledge, skills, dispositions and accomplishments achieved over time.
The Process Involves 4 Steps
- Select personal or professional goal.
- Collect actual items and documents that could demonstrate what you are doing to reach your goal.
- Decide which items best illustrate your achievement of or progress toward the goal.
- Determine how to present the selected items.
Purpose/Benefit of the Professional Portfolio
First, the portfolio process helps students to reframe how they see themselves as learners.
It encourages them to think about their learning, and the learning environment, in critical and meaningful ways - to become mindful, intentional, self-directed learners. For many learners, the portfolio process reignites their intellectual curiosity, the same quality we admire and seek to foster in children.
Second, the portfolio process provokes adult learners to look at education differently - as integrative and ongoing - reaching far beyond the confines of the classroom and continuing throughout life.
We have heard so often from students over the years that they have felt that their college classes were irrelevant and had no connection to “real life.” Many have experienced higher education as a series of hoops one jumps through to get the “piece of paper.” On the contrary, students who have experienced the portfolio process report a high degree of connectedness between what they do in the college classroom and what they experience beyond the classroom door. The real-world nature of portfolio work bridges the theory-to-practice gap in ways that result in meaningful learning and change. Course content ceases to be the stuff one crams for a test and soon forgets. It comes to be owned by the learner, and therefore it becomes part of the fabric of one's professional life and development.
Difference Between Personal & Professional Portfolio
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Contents of a Professional Portfolio
Design and Develop a Format and Building Your Portfolio
Step 1: Title Page
- Course Name
- Assignment Name
- Student Name/Community
Step 2: Table of Contents
- Outlines the order of your Portfolio
- Personal Philosophy
- Current Resume
- References & Reference Letter
- Collection of Work
- Professional Development
- Closing Remarks
Step 3: Introduction of Self- characteristics, qualities, personal traits, values, beliefs
- Introduce your self. - name, community and a little bit about yourself.
- Include characteristics, qualities, personal traits, values and beliefs you have that will support your position as an EA or ECE.
Personal Qualities Skills Checklist
Review this list of personal qualities and skills and check those that you believe you exhibit
Transferable Skills Checklist
Review this list of transferable skills and check all the skills that you think you have.
|adapt to situation||advise people||analyze data|
|arrange function||assemble product||audit records|
|budget money||build||buy products/service|
|calculate numbers||check for accuracy||collect money|
|communicate||compare data||construct buildings|
|coordinate activities||cope with deadline||create|
|do precision work||draft||drive|
|explain||file records||find information|
|fix/repair||follow direction||follow through|
|gather information||gather materials||generate|
|handle equipment||help people||illustrate|
|locate information||log information||make decisions|
|make policy||manage a business||meet the public|
|move material||obtain||operate equipment|
|order goods/supplies||organize data||own/operate business|
|promote||record data||reduce costs|
|service equipment||set goals||set-up equipment|
|set-up system||solve problems||supervise|
|verify||work quickly||write procedures|
|write proposals||write reports|
Characteristics of a Good Educator
Review this list of characteristics of a good educator and check those that you believe you exhibit
|Characteristics||Behaviors, attitudes, abilities, skills|
|Articulate||Communicates so children and families understand|
|Available||Interacts responsively with children and families|
|Caring||Demonstrates compassion and empathy|
|Committed||Devoted to caring for children|
|Creative||Uses a variety of teaching strategies|
|Fair||Responds to each child equitable|
|Flexible||Demonstrates ability to adapt to situations|
|Fun||Has a sense of humor|
|Individualizes||Adapts program to individual child's needs and interests|
|Knowledgeable||Knows current teaching strategies and materials and matches them to children's interests, needs and developmental levels|
|Motivating||Promotes active involvement; makes learning fun|
|Open||Sees things from other's perspectives|
|Organized||Arranges environment, materials, time and curriculum plans|
|Patient and pleasant||Even tempered, uses effective voice tone and gestures|
|Professional||Conscientious about carrying out responsibilities; uses strategies to keep personal pressures from interfering|
|Reflective||Reflects upon performance and accepts constructive feedback|
Identify Who are the Team Members in Child Care and Education
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What Is A Team?
A team consists of a collection of people who interact with each other, usually face to face, over time in order to reach goals.
A Child Care/Classroom Team Consists Of
- support services
Characteristics and Skills of Team Members
- Cohesiveness is what takes place that causes members to feel apart of a team and make them want to remain on that team.
- Highly cohesive team members spend more time interacting, and there are more expressions of positive feelings for one another as well as report more satisfaction with the team and its work.
- Cohesive teams have greater control over the behavior of other members.
- Highly cohesive teams have the potential to be productive.
The goal of the team is to boost cohesiveness in a way that also helps get the job done. There are eight factors that can enhance cohesion in a professional team.
- Shared or Compatible Goals: People draw closer when they share a similar aim or when their goals can be mutually satisfied.
- Progress Toward These Goals: While a team is making progress, members feel highly cohesive: when progress stops, cohesiveness decreases.
- Shared Norms and Values: Although successful teams will tolerate and even thrive on some differences in member's attitudes and behavior, wide variation in the team's definition of what actions or beliefs are proper will reduce cohesiveness.
- ack of Perceived Threat Between Members: Cohesive team members see no threat to their status, dignity, and material or emotional well-being. Often competition arises with teams, and as a result members feel threatened.
- Interdependence of Members: Teams become cohesive when their needs can be satisfied only with the help of other members.
- Threats from Outside the Team: When members perceive a threat to the team's existence or image (teams have self-concepts, just as individuals do), they grow closer together.
- Mutual Perceived Attractiveness and Friendship: Teams often become close simply because members like each other.
- Shared Team Experiences: When members have been through some unusual or trying experiences, they draw together.
Nature of Conflict
-Conflict is an expressed struggle between at least two interdependent parties who perceive incompatible goals, scarce resources, and interference from other party in achieving their goals.
-Conflict can only exist if both parties are aware of the disagreement.
-Conflict is natural. So are the associated feelings.
-Hurt, Anger, Frustration, etc. can make conflict intense
-Every relationship of any depth has conflict
-No matter how close, how understanding, how compatible you are with each other your ideas, actions, and needs won't always match.
Example of Conflict
Conflict: Neighbors Music Keeps You Awake All Night
Incompatible Goals: Neighbor wants to enjoy to loud music at night and you want get a good night sleep.
Scarce Resources: Your neighbor or you will loose out.
Interference From Other Party In Achieving Their Goals: Does the neighbor achieve their goal of enjoying loud music at night and you loose sleep? Or will you achieve your goal of a good night sleep and the neighbor does not get to achieve their goal of listening to loud music at night?
Impossible to Avoid Conflict
Since it is impossible to avoid conflicts, the challenge is to develop effective communication and constructive conflict resolution skills.
- listening carefully
- relating to the other persons side
- effective communication
Remember. ..conflict can actually keep good relationships strong and may help to clear the air.
Personal Conflict Styles
inability or unwillingness to express thoughts or feelings of conflict
communicator expresses a criticism or demand face to face that threatens the person at whom it is directed
the communicator expresses hostility in an obscure way
conveys a message in a roundabout manner
a message expresses the speaker's needs, thoughts, and feelings clearly and directly without judging or dictating to others
|Conflict Style||Approach to Others||Decision Making||Self-Sufficiency||Behavior in Problem Situations||Response of Others||Success Pattern|
|Non Assertive||I'm not OK; you're OK||Let others choose||Low||Flees; gives in||Disrespect, guilt, anger, frustration||Succeeds by luck or charity of others|
|Directly Aggressive||I'm OK, you're not OK||Choose for others. They know it.||High or Low||Outright attack||Hurt, defensiveness, humiliation||Feels compelled to beat out others|
|Passive Aggressive||I'm OK, you're not OK. (But I'll let you think you are.)||Chooses for others. They don't know it.||Looks high, but usually low||Concealed Attack||Confusion, frustration, feelings of manipulation||Wins by manipulation|
|Indirect||I'm OK, your not OK or I'm not OK, your 're Ok.||Chooses for others. They don't know it.||High or low||Strategic||Unknowing compliance or resistance||Unwitting compliance of others|
|Assertive||I'm Ok you're OK||Chooses for self.||Usually high||Direct Confrontation||Mutual Respect||Attempts "win-win" solutions|
Which Style is Best?
You may say "assertive communication" is superior because it allows you to express yourself honestly, and seems to have the greatest chance of success but it is an oversimplification to say that any one style is best.
Factors it Depends on:
Assertion in Conflict Resolution (Also know as the clear message format.."I statements")
A complete assertive message has five parts:
Behavioral Description - describing an event without interpreting it.
Interpretation - attaching meaning to the behavior.
Feeing - clarifying the impact. How do you feel about this ...angry ...frustrated ...confused?
Consequence - explaining the result
Intention - communicating where you stand; or, request of others; or, description of how you plan to act in the future.
Methods of Conflict Resolution Strategies
|Method of Conflict Resolution||Description|
|Win-Lose Problem Solving||
|Lose-Lose Problem Solving||
|Compromise Problem Solving||
|Win-Win Problem Solving||
Although a win-win approach sounds ideal, it is not always possible, or even appropriate.
Choosing the Most Appropriate Method of Conflict Resolution
Consider deferring to the other person
- When you discover you are wrong
- When the issue is more important to the other person that it is to you
- To let others learn by making their own mistakes
- When the long-term cost of winning may not be worth the short-term gains
- When there is not enough time to seek a win-win outcome
- When the issue is not important enough to negotiate at length
- When the other person is not willing to seek a win-win outcome
- When the issue is important and the other person will take advantage of your noncompetitive approach
- When the issue is too important for a compromise
- When a long-term relationship between you and the other person is important
- When the other person is willing to cooperate
Win-Win Communication Skills and Steps
Win-Win process is difficult!!
- people feel the need to compete
- emotional reflexes prevent constructive solutions
- require both party's cooperation
Step 1 - Identify your Problem and Unmet Needs
- realize that the problem is yours - you are the one dissatisfied!
- what are your unmet needs?
- clearly describe each without judgment or evaluation (to yourself)
Step 2 - Make a Date
- recognize that immediately may not be the best time
- find a mutually convenient time
Step 3 - Describe your Pr
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