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Lesson Plans


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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Sun, 22 Feb 1998 21:30:52 -0500

As someone who helps art student teachers through their professional
semester, which requires a portfolio to be submitted at the end, I will
share some things that we advise our students to do. The portfolio is
meant to be an item they take with them to job interviews - it needs to
contain their philosophy of education, resume, a complete curriculum
unit (written rationale, lesson plans, examples of student work,
assessments, field notes, bibliography, etc.) and documents or products
that show evidence of working with special needs students, classroom
management techniques, and professional development plans. These of
course are beginning teachers. For someone with experience, I would also
suggest the same items - but there should be more evidence of curriculum
and teaching accomplishments. I'd skip any fancy fonts or extra stuff on
the resume - keep it basic and professional. Most of the time it is
administrators reviewing resumes, not artists. Oh, and very important -
have a table of contents for your portfolio and numbered pages, or
colored tabs or some other method of easily locating a specific item. We
strongly suggest to student teachers applying for jobs that they bring
their portfolio with them to their interview, but not push it upon
anyone to look at. Wait for the right moment - if the interviewer
happens to ask about classroom management techniquesphilosophy of
education, then open the portfolio to the appropriate place and use it
to illustrate your explanations. Rarely do we expect an interviewer to
have the time to read through an entire portfolio - but if it appears
well organized, neat, professional, and it is introduced into the
interview process when appropriate, it should have a very positive
Sandra Hildreth
C.L.A.S.S. (Cultural Literacy through Art & Social Studies)
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617