The portfolio is requirement of the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, for all students seeking initial teacher certification. The Missouri Standards for the Preparation of Educators (MoSPE) are the basic outline for organizing your portfolio. You will purchase Foliotek at the end of your first Education course and collect artifacts (assignments or other evidence demonstrating your understanding of the standard) and write rationale/reflections in designated courses. The document below explains how to write rationale/reflections.
"Teaching and Leading as an Art and a Science"
The School of Education agrees that the general outcome of the teacher education program must be teaching professionals that believe and implement teaching as a blend of “Art” and “Science” as represented by the Beauty and Mechanism of the Spellmann Clock Tower… Teaching as an art because teaching is a craft that must be learned and applied in an authentic environment. Teaching as a science because it must be influenced by research and best practice for optimal student learning to be achieved.