Getting a little closer

I have been thinking and organizing my files trying to decide what to include in my portfolio. Then I started thinking of what was asked of me at my first interview. As soon as I walked into the door and introduced myself, I was asked to sit at a computer and type a MEMO. I have never read an official memo let alone created one myself so this was a shock. I sat down and typed a memo to the best of my ability. So I will do some research about creating memos and include that in my portfolio.

I was then asked to wait in the room until I was called for the official interview. As I looked at the other interviewees only half of them had a portfolio, I was not really worried because I had the online portfolio I created for my undergrad, however after that interview I knew I needed to add a few things. I am glad to have the opportunity to create a new portfolio so I can add the extras. Below is a list I made after the interview that I hope to include into my new portfolio.

  • Memo
  • Philosophy Statement
  • Class Rules
  • Evidence of aligning lessons and assessments to struggling students
  • Reflection on a teaching experience that didn’t go so great
  • Summary of a day in my classroom
  • What I can bring to the school outside of the classroom


 I have decided to include those requests while fulfilling the National Board standards for my graduate project. How I am going to organize all of this is still up in the air… 

I have linked a few sites that attempt to help teachers in my position land a job.

Creating a teaching portfolio

Your Teacher Portfolio


Making Decisions.

The first step towards creating my portfolio was to review the sad attempts I have completely previously. My first ever portfolio creation was completed during my undergraduate course work, I used Google sites. This platform was fine, it was easy to upload documents because I have been collecting all my works using Google Drive. However, for the creation of this portfolio I decided to use a different platform. Weebly offers a better looking website and the ability to manipulate the content seems promising to my creation of a portfolio.

The next step towards my creation was figuring out what framework to use. My main goal for creating this portfolio is to use it during a job interview so I can land a job! My second goal is to complete this portfolio for my Master’s Degree. The requirements for my master’s degree state that I must use the framework described by The National Board Standards. This framework is completely different than the Charlotte Danielson framework I used in the past so I have a lot of work to do!

The National Board Standards can be found here. Having my undergraduate work in Biology (with actual student teaching experience) and getting my Master’s in Technology (no teaching experience) I am unsure how to approach this portfolio. Since this is a requirement for my Master’s Degree I think I should create the portfolio surrounding my work during graduate school but I have so little experience actually teaching technology that I feel this portfolio would better serve me in my job hunt if I focus on my Biology work.

Like I said, I have a lot of work to do and even more thinking to do!

Wish me luck 😉


Clarity for the madness.

Blogging is not a new concept for me. Committing to a blog is. I often find myself rambling and discussing topics that is of no interest except myself, in which I might as well be writing a journal entry. I am going to approach this particular blog in a different fashion than I have in the past. This blog will focus on one single topic – the creation of my Portfolio. I have yet to land “a big girl job” I have been invited to only one professional interview (of which I felt incredibly under-prepared.)  and I feel I have been mislead. The purpose of this blog will be to track my journey of creating a professional portfolio. Wish me luck!




Get to know me…

My name is Kim Hanslovan; I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. Right out of high school, I attended Penn State Main Campus for 2 years, participating on their track team and multiple kinesiology clubs. My third year of college I changed my major to Biology Education; Clarion has such an amazing reputation for their education program that I transferred. I completed my Bachelor’s Degree in May of 2012 after having much success on the track team at Clarion; I was offered the Graduate Assistant position for the Track and Field team. I have been substitute teaching and working 30+ hours a week for the track team. The school district I sub. at is a rural school district that graduates about 400 students a year. There is a smart board in every classroom and laptops available for student use. My level of experience with technology is above average. I am by no means a tech geek but I am familiar with most new technology and have a knack for understanding it. In May of 2014, I plan to graduate with my Masters in technology education; I will have one more class to take this summer to receive the instructional technology specialist certification.