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Whether you talk to principals or art supervisors, they all want to see that
you can write age-appropriate lesson/ unit plans and that you include photos
of the results. Photos of you teaching kids (of course with adoring, happy
faces looking up at you in awe and wonder) --- photos of bulletin boards,
murals or hall displays or shows that you worked on .... visuals that show
"Step-by-step" processes for media or a technique....any evaluations or
rubrics that you used,,,,, certificates, handouts or especially well-done
worksheets ... of course, letters of recommendation from your cooperating
teachers, professors or principals. If students included any writing or
technology connections in art lessons, show evidence of that, too.
For middle or high school, it seemed more imperative that you include a
collection of photographs of your own artwork as well. If you aren't sure
what level you will be hired for, include some primary, middle and high
school lessons in the portfolio.
For the resume, concentrate on your most recent student teaching, education,
field experiences, and any other opportunities you might have had to work in
art or with kids. I touched on relevant previous job experiences lightly--
don't dismiss them, but don't dwell on them either. Some may want to see
transcripts or NTE test scores
Putting together a good portfolio may take a ton of time & money, but with a
little luck, you might only have to show it to a few people to get hired!