story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of
experience from which to look back or from which to look ahead.”
Graham Greene, The End
of the Affair
When I started thinking about
curating this portfolio , I was convinced that
starting as early as possible would indubitably limit the last -minute frenzies .I was cognizant of the fact that the more
time I set aside for writing , selecting , organizing and
compiling different documents, the
better the final product .
Basically, this portfolio is a physical document that is
intended , in part , to provide documented and tangible evidence of my training
at CIFFIP , and in my region with my mentor . It is also intended to provide
evidence of my ongoing professional growth through a process of inquiry ,
experimentation and reflection . Additionally
, it is not a mere collection of modules
, but rather a personal narrative of my unique experience , my expectations and aspirations as a future
inspector . I firmly believe that a small set of well chosen documents is more
effective than a large , unfiltered collection of all my training documents .
At the beginning of this document I
deemed it necessary to talk about myself
and my entire teaching career . By
expanding on my teaching experiences , I wanted to highlight the different paths and the hats that I have
worn throughout my professional career .
The process of curating this portfolio gave me an unprecedented opportunity to acquire
in-depth subject knowledge , hone and master the skills and attitude of
success . It also did help me reflect on my training , and my growth which I consider a step toward a more
professional view as a scholarly
As far as organization is concerned ,
I tried to include a cross section of my training and not
just one aspect of it . Interestingly , The alternation of theory at CIFFIP and practice in field training in my region gave
me a deep insight into the nature of my work as a future inspector .Throughout
this unique experience of here and there , I embarked on a continuous process of refining and fine-tuning the aforementioned knowledge , skills and
Almost every part of this portfolio is accompanied with some sort of context ,
explanations , thoughts , and reflections . Through the table of contents and the
chapter’s map I tried to make organization explicit to the reader to help them
navigate my portfolio at ease .
By and large , the process of constructing
this document as a synthesis of my training , my learning , and my professional
growth is more important than the product itself .
At its best , My portfolio gives a
vivid and unique portrait of who I am , where I was , what I learned , and what I aspire to do as a
future inspector . In essence it is a miniature of my journey of learning .
However , I truthfully admit that the
process of curating this portfolio was a daunting experience , to say the least . For almost a whole year the different steps of drafting ,
redrafting , editing and finalizing the different parts of this portfolio
filled me with dread, exhaustion , and
drudgery . My enjoyment of the fruits of my labour was vitiated by increasing
and unrelenting pressure .This weighed heavily on my mind . At times I felt
haunted to the extent that each time I
went to bed , I would start
pondering on my portfolio . Whenever an
idea sprang to my mind , I would immediately jump out of my bed , even in the
middle of the night , and write it down for fear that I would
forget it .I have wondered for a while how to dissolve this sense of
pressure that seemed omnipresent throughout this year . A constant feeling of
overload drained my joy , and flared the stress cycle as well .
Studying most of the modules in French and at times in Arabic exacerbated the already
tense feelings that I had , and at times
I looked completely flummoxed .The last French lesson that I had
dates back to 1992 .
On the bright side , these negative feelings made me stronger as
Gibran Khalil once said ‘ out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls ,
the most massive characters are seared with scars ‘
This portfolio has been complemented
by referenced sources duly acknowledged( text , data , graphics , pictures and
tables that have been borrowed from other sources are specifically accredited
.references are cited in accordance with anti plagiarism regulations .
To crown all , This portfolio has
proved immensely useful for me . It has
supported a reflective approach , and it
has helped me become aware of my
strengths , improve on existing
weaknesses , and constantly monitoring my own development as a future inspector
. The process I went through was unlike any other experience in my life .