When I was considering a forest school leadership course and whilst I completed my portfolio I enjoyed and learnt a lot from reading other peoples stories and experiences. Publishing my own portfolio seemed an appropriate way to pay that back. I regularly get emails from people who have read it and am pleased to know that people find value in it.
This portfolio though is very much my personal journey. In fact it was my personal journey at that point in my life. Were I to complete the course now, several years later and with different knowledge, experiences and opinions, I suspect the portfolio I created would be unrecognisable from this one.
The portfolio you create for your course is very much the story of your journey into forest school leadership. The vast majority of trainees, especially those coming from a background of working in traditional/mainstream education find forest school an inspirational process. Completing your portfolio should help you grow both as a practitioner and as a human being.
My portfolio is available openly and free of charge because I value the sharing of knowledge and because I am happy for people to take what they please from it – even if it’s how they would choose not to do something! If you choose to copy and paste, verbatim, sections of other peoples work though recognise that there is no real value in that for you.