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  • Keep It Simple: Don't overload your portfolio with page after page of lengthy text or repetitive photos. Imagine viewing a friend's home video...would you rather see two hours of jerky graduation footage or five minutes of highlights?

  • Keep It Manageable: Three-ring binders are the preferred choice for portfolios.

  • Be Timely: Review your portfolio at least twice a year. During winter and summer vacations you can use some of the breathing room to pause and reflect not only on your portfolio, but your teaching in general. Also pencil in changes to your resume at this time so that when needed, an updated version can be retype without having to round up the latest information.

  • Say Cheese: Keep a cheap camera with fast film, flash and batteries at your desk to use on a moment's notice. Using a camera regularly will get your students used to being photographed in the classroom.

  • Make Copies: Where possible, use copies of originals in your portfolio, keeping the originals in a safe place. To add a professional touch to photos, tape them to a sheet next to captions printed from a computer. Run a color copy of the whole finished sheet to use in the portfolio, and take the originals back off the taped-up master.

  • Make It Clear: Create a custom cover for your portfolio with a three-ring binder with a clear insert on the cover. Use clear plastic page holders inside to keep your pages clean and neat.

  • Keep It Legible: Use a computer to type and print out easy-to-read information sheets or a table of contents. Use 12 point type where possible for easy readability.

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