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Re: [teacherartexchange] Update your files!


From: Ann Heineman (aiheineman_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Mon Dec 31 2007 - 13:22:40 PST

Great lists, Maggie and San D!
        Some additional ideas:

                travel experiences, both personal pleasure and educational--or "bus
man's holiday"
                community service/volunteering, work for house of worship (choir,
etc) Habitat for Humanity, Peace Corps
                hobbies and other personal interests, sports/exercise activities
                 bibliographical list of favored books
                list of courses taken in college and graduate school and post
graduate education
                evidence of speaking and reading knowledge of a foreign language,
including sign language and Braille
                training in CPR, emergency care
on the educational side again, perhaps a copy of a substitute plan,
which "really" shows your organizational skills!

                        Ann-on-y-mouse in Columbus
                        Art teacher, K-5, retired

On Dec 31, 2007, at 9:44 AM, MWhite wrote:

> Happy New Year, everyone! Allow me to recommend your first New
> Year's resolution: Even if you plan to stay in your current
> position for a while, update your teaching file NOW. Make a
> detailed list of all previous jobs with dates and duties, including
> extracurricular activities you participated in--all those student
> exhibitions? Field trips? Committees? Get them written down.
> Include names and current position/address/phone of all former
> supervisors (even if you don't include them all in your resume).
> Gather complete transcripts of all classes you've taken for
> professional growth and certificates from workshops. Those
> godawful "your philosophy of..." essays you've written for
> applications--I hope you saved them. You won't be able to use them
> verbatim again, but you can add to/delete portions of them to suit
> the position you're applying for. Keep all letter of
> recommendations. Print out examples of your best lesson plans and
> teaching units. Have photos of the very best work from your
> students. Check the expiration on your teaching cert and allow at
> least three months to renew it. If you have a fingerprint card,
> check its expiration also. It will probably have to be renewed
> before you can renew your cert, and it will probably require going
> to the bank and getting a money order instead of writing a check,
> going to the police dept. to get printed, then going to the P.O. to
> mail it all off--see why it takes forever to renew? Make at least
> one good photocopy of all this stuff and file it. Keep your
> originals in plastic sleeves in a notebook.
> Trust me, it's worth the effort. Some ten years ago I was
> desperately trying to remember supervisors and dates for all the
> various college classes I'd taught, and racking my brain
> remembering all my extracurric activities. Since then, I've kept
> it all organized and now, as I'm preparing to interview for
> overseas positions, I at least have all the info in one place as
> I'm filling in endless forms. When I go to interviews at the job
> fairs, I will have a teaching portfolio to show and extra copies of
> my resumes and transcripts to hand out.
> Any other veterans, please add to my suggestions.
> Maggie
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