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[teacherartexchange] Teacher Portfolio


Date: Thu Jun 08 2006 - 10:20:21 PDT

Hi guys,

I've been very busy my first couple of weeks of the summer. So far, I got
re-fingerprinted, signed up for a graduate painting class, cleaned my entire
house, took school things to storage, and updated my resume and printed out about
25 of them with cover letters to local schools. Now that I've taught a year,
I suppose I'll be expected to have some sort of portfolio to take to
interviews if I get any. I'm not sure how I should organize it or what to put inside.
 Do I make copies so that the principals can keep them, or do I just make one
nice one that I take around from interview to interview? This is something
I'll be doing at the end of my graduate program, but I'm not there yet. So
far, I'm figuring that I need to include my graduate work, examples of lesson
plans, rubrics, maybe my midterm and final? I've taken loads of pictures of
student work. Do I need to take in originals, or should I print out some nice
large pictures of the work? I'm surfing the web for ideas, but I wanted to know
what you guys thought.

I still haven't decided on next year if I end up staying at my current
school. Sometimes I'm leaning toward the cart and elementary, but then other times
I'm terrified of giving up my classroom and think I could make it work with
the middle school. It's a tough decision, and the school hasn't contacted me
about it. I figure "art" is at the bottom of the list of their priorities for
right now because they must be overwhelmed. They are having to hire a lot of
new teachers. The principal did tell me that she'd ask me to come in to meet
with any potential candidates for the other art teacher position, but I haven't
heard anything. I know that one guy came in a few weeks before the end of
school, and he wasn't happy with my room. The security guard told me that he
had the attitude of, "this school is beneath me." Oh well. That's where I'm
at. Thanks again, as always, for all of your wonderful input.

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