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Teaching Portfolio

Ms. Comfort Agboola 773-972-0477

Table of Contents
Philosophy of Education Teaching Standards Content Knowledge Human Development Diversity Planning for Instruction Learning Environment Instructional Delivery Communication Assessments Collaborative Relationships Reflection and Professional Growth Professional Conduct

Philosophy of Education
A fourth grade student wrote a short story about me resembling Miss Frizzle. I lack red hair and a magical school bus, but I do inspire and facilitate academic and social growth and success. All of my lessons utilize student centered approaches to maximize learning for all of my students. My students became scientist, traveled around the worlds present and past, expressed themselves through language, and fell in love with authors and characters. My students, throughout my experiences, have been engaged, supported, and challenged. In many ways, I admire Miss Frizzle because she was able to reach every unique learner. Education is an individual, unique experience for every student who enters a classroom. In order for children to benefit from what schools offer, I think that teachers must fully understand the importance of their job. A teacher's goals for their students encompass much more than relaying out of facts to passive learners. As professionals entrusted with the education of young minds, teachers must facilitate learning and growth by providing a quality education to each individual. Working in urban communities (predominantly immigrant), I believe a teacher equips children with the tools necessary for success in life. My teaching and psychology background empowers me to recognize the unique assets and needs of children within these communities. I believe that all children have the ability to learn and the right to a quality education. All youths, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, and capabilities should have the opportunity to learn from professional, well-informed teachers who are sophisticated and knowledgeable. Certainly, every child has different learning styles and aptitudes; however by recognizing every student's potential and having separate, individual goals for each, a teacher can accommodate personal needs and abilities and encourage the pursuit of academic aspirations.

#1 Content Knowledge

Vocabulary Quiz

The teacher understands the central concepts, methods of inquiry, and structures of the discipline(s) and creates learning experiences that make the content meaningful to all students.

Million Dollar Math Project and Rubric

Equivalent Fraction Sundaes

Picture Prompts Common Core Math Lead (K-4)

Southern Poverty Law Center Awards (Teaching Tolerance)

Vocabulary Quiz

The quiz was a fill-in-the-blank format created by the teacher. The creation of a quiz shows teachers knowledge of sequence and overall historical themes, and ability to relay that knowledge.

Million Dollar Math Project

Students used math skills in a real life situation as a summative assessment. Students focused on subtraction, State abbreviation, cursive, and research skills.

Equivalent Fraction Sundaes

Students had to create sundaes based on the simplified fraction in the glass. Toppings for their fraction were the equivalent of the fraction in the glass. This was a harder activity. The displayed sundaes were higher level and included more toppings.

Picture Prompts
Students reflected on images and created stories that may be behind the picture.

Awards and Honors

Common Core Math Lead (K-4)

Southern Poverty Law Center Awards

#2 Human Development and Learning

Book Clubs

The teacher understands how individuals grow, develop, and learn and provides learning opportunities that support the intellectual, social, and personal development of all students.


Learning Centers
Long Division and Rounding Images Division Board Games Post your opinion I shrunk myself

Book Clubs
Students read novels that were based on their interest yet were above grade level. Activities were at grade level using High Order Thinking Skills.


Students read and reflected on their readings practicing different reading skills: making inferences, determining the main idea and details, etc.

Learning Centers
Students worked in learning centers (in pairs or individual work)

Long Division and Rounding Images

Students learned mnemonic devices and images to help them remember the steps. (Anchor activities)

Division Board Games

Students practiced division facts through a board game.

Post Your Opinion

Students were able to post their opinion, memory or knowledge about Baptism and the Holocaust.

I Shrunk Myself

Students had to measure their height in centimeters. Students had to divide their height by 2 using long division. Students had to make a miniature of themselves using the divided height and write 3 adjectives to describe themselves. Served as an ice breaker activity, as well.

#3 Diversity

Scavenger Hunts with Fill-In the Blanks Kick-Me Vocabulary Vocabulary Windows Vocabulary Manipulatives Multiplication Jenga Boggle Word Building Game

The teacher understands how students differ in their approaches to learning and creates instructional opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners.

Multiplication Battleship
Story Stars, KWLs and other Graphic Organizers Timeline through Images Pass-Around Note Taking Computer Games

Vocabulary Manipulatives
Each student with a sheet with three words in columns (Destruction, Dehumanization and Domination) and each student also received 8 other words. Students were told to give guesses and physical maneuver the pieces under the word to find its meaning. Students then were brought back to the lesson and then as a whole class we will go over the meaning with the students telling the teacher the meaning. After all correct meanings were found students were told to copy the game into their notes as a graphic organizer, just as the game was laid out on their desk.

Multiplication Jenga

Students played Multiplication Jenga (Teacher made) to practice and review multiplication facts.


Students built word with Boggle Letters (weekly activity).

Graphic Organizers

Timeline through Images

Pairs of students received a timeline and ten puzzle piece dates and ten matching images. Underneath the date was an explanation of the event that would give a hint of what picture matched. After this all students had to copy the timeline and take down one fact bout each date on the timeline.

Pass Around Notes

A note-taking strategy that is more interactive and interesting for students. Students pass around cards and work in pairs finding key ideas and details in the passage that was provided on the note card (notes come from a textbook). Students would record the heading provided on the card and key details would be placed in bullet point format in their history notebook. After five minutes, teacher would ring a bell and students would pass their card to the next team.

#4 Planning for Instruction

Parent evaluation of their child Student Observations (Anecdotal) Promethean Board Lesson (Sentence Corrections) IDEA notebook (Reading Strategies) Inferences: Reading and Science connections Inferences with Riddles Guided Reading Lesson Block Plan (1 Week) Sixth and Eighth Grade Reading Lesson

The teacher understands instructional planning and designs instruction based upon knowledge of the discipline, students, the community, and curriculum goals.

Promethean Board Lesson

Students had to correct errors in the paragraph using editing marks.

Guided Reading Lesson

A guided reading lesson plan for a sixth grade language arts class at Oscar Mayer. Guided reading allows children to discover how to think about a text, they will be able to use their strategies in other reading throughout their lives and it will become second nature. A guided reading lesson is also an opportunity to talk about story elements such as character, setting, plot, metaphors, point of view, and vocabulary, etc. It is also a great time to talk about effective decoding strategies. The purpose of guided reading is to teach individuals to read increasingly difficult texts with understanding and fluency.

Computer Games

Students reinforced math skills through computer games during centers. This game is about place value.

Punctuation Macaroni

Students used macaroni noodles to punctuate sentences with commas, apostrophes, and quotation marks.

#5 Learning Environment

Clip Chart Whole class and individual rewards Thank you notes The teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation. Removal of Classroom Jobs Behavior Butterfly reflections Sharing Circle Adjective Tic-Tac-Toe Inquiry based science The Lot Classroom Layout

Behavior Butterfly reflections

Students had to write ways they will transform this school year.

Adjective Tic-Tac-Toe

Menu activities to do with adjectives. Reinforces descriptive writing

Inquiry Based Science

Rubber Eggxperiment

Simple Machines

Simple Circuits

#6 Instructional Delivery

Art and Project Based

The teacher understands and uses a variety of instructional strategies to encourage students development of critical thinking, problem solving, and performance skills.

Science: Landform Dioramas and Simple Machines Math Stories as an Engagement Reading Journal Peer Editing and Authors Corner Bunnicula Character Map Recorded Instruction (Place Value)

Landform Dioramas and Simple Machines

Students had to create landform dioramas for one of the landforms discussed in Social Studies. Students created simple machines displaying knowledge of simple machines.

Bunnicula Character Map

Students wrote important details about a character from Bunnicula.

The Lot

Students use post-it notes to share ideas about their reading. Students also use this board to share things we can improve on as a class.

Classroom Layout

Motivating Posters!

Student created bulletin board

#7 Communication

Authors Corner The teacher uses knowledge of effective written, verbal, nonverbal, and visual communication techniques to foster active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom. Classroom Website Peer Editing Book Clubs (Literature Circle) Student created posters Bottle Cap Equations

Authors Corner
Students share their written work to the class. (Voluntarily)

Student Created Poster

Students created posters on when to use commas showing their knowledge. They had to include an image and two sentences.

Bottle Cap Equations

Students used bottle caps to express basic mathematical operations.

#8 Assessment

The teacher understands various formal and informal assessment strategies and uses them to support the continuous development of all students.

Rubrics (Math project, Science Journal, and Writing rubrics.) Formal Assessment (Quizzes) Exit Slip

Propaganda poster
Rounding with Ad papers

Rounding with Ad papers

Students had to round items in an Ad paper to the nearest whole number since this was a difficulty.

Propaganda Poster

This drawing was worth a total of 20 points. It displayed knowledge of the meaning of propaganda and its purpose. Students had to create their own drawing in class displaying propaganda. It could be related to war (like the one displayed) or any other topic such as recycling or politics.

#9 Collaborative Relationships

The teacher understands the role of the community in education and develops and maintains collaborative relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians, and the community to support student learning and well-being.

Recommendations Working with Title I teacher

(from Dr. Tavano and Mrs. Laura Langdon)
It is important to be evaluated by a teacher with experience. I have received valuable support and recommendations from each of these people. A letter of recommendation gives an honest opinion of my ability as a teacher and professional. The letters of recommendation also is opportunity to display collaborative relationships that were built in the school and in the community. Interaction with teachers and parents in outlined in a letter of recommendation.

#10 Reflection and Professional Growth

The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates how choices and actions affect students, parents, and other professionals in the learning community and actively seeks opportunities to grow professionally.



A teacher not only teaches students. They learn from them. Teachers have to evaluate their students as well as themselves. A teacher needs to think about and reflect on his or her actions in the classroom and how they affect the students in the classroom. Each decision a teacher makes will affect the students in their room. This is something that teachers have to think about on a daily basis. This is also something that can be taken into consideration when lessons are taught. Teachers have to reflect on what works and doesnt work so that they can make changes. They also have to know their students so that they can adapt lessons and activities to work with their students.

#11 Professional Conduct

The teacher understands education as a profession, maintains standards of professional conduct, and provides leadership to improve student learning and well-being.

Homework Club (2:45 -4:30) Collaboration with Colleagues Completion of Masters of Sciences in Psychology (International Psychology)

Homework Club
Teacher volunteer taught students in after school. Helping them with homework in a relaxing setting. Allowed them to play board and computer games when done with all homework.

Advanced Education
Completion of my Masters in Psychology with an International Psychology concentration was based on my desire to make productive learning environment for immigrant students.
My Thesis was Hip Hop Therapy: Culturally Responsive Therapy for Immigrant and Refuge through Arts Integration.