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Re: [teacherartexchange] teaching portfolio

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StacieMich_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sat Jun 10 2006 - 12:25:10 PDT


Thanks, I've been working on my portfolio all week. I too made a kind of
scrap book of all of the pictures I took this year. I made cute backgrounds and
printed out text to explain the projects. I also did pages of my art show
with explanations. I color copied them at kinkos and placed them in plastic
sleeves. I'm working on the rest of it now, picking out some good lesson plans,
getting copies of my transcripts and things like that in order. I'm also going
to print out some large pictures of final work to put in there. I was going
to take my own portfolio of my work, but perhaps I should take pictures and
photocopy some of my work to put in the same portfolio so it's all together?
I'd also like to work on a curriculum map, which will be good anyway because I
want a much better plan for next year. I didn't really have a map this past
year because frankly I was thrown to the wolves without experience. I'm praying
that, regardless of the situation or grade level, I will be much more
prepared next year.

As far as the job, the school can't really give me any other details. They
don't know how many classes I'll have or how my schedule will be. That's the
one thing that bothers me because I don't really know what I'll be getting
myself into. I didn't know for this year and accepted it because it was the
school's first year in existence, but I had hoped that next year would be better
planned, that they would be able to give me some answers for next year. All I
know is that elementary is on cart, middle is in the classroom. If I choose
elementary, it will "probably" be 2-5 grades, but they couldn't tell me that for
certain either! As far as storage, I figure the cart would be kept in the
art classroom...how I'm not sure because the room is super small with no room
for anything. There is no cart yet either, so I don't know what to expect.
Last summer I was asked to create a supply order. When I got to the school,
most of the supplies were either not ordered or were ordered from a cheaper
place. For example, the nice wood paper cutter I asked for was replaced by a
plastic one that was already ripping up paper halfway through the year. I did
finally get the drying rack I asked for, which saved my life, but I'm a little
nervous about what kind of cart I might get. I think that it will have to be
small because there simply is no room for a large one. I'm trying to look on the
bright side...at least I have a job. At least I get along well with the
administration, which will actually make it hard for me to leave if I do. I know
that not all teachers have a good relationship with the administration. I
really do like the people I work for and with, I just don't know if the art
program at this school will allow me to grow as I'd like. I am very doubtful that
there will ever be a ceramics program because there simply is no room for
anything. I suggested that the build some shelves to store some 3-d work, but the
room is just very small, especially when filled with 35 middle school kids.
We'll see what happens, and I'm trying to trust in the "process," that
whatever is meant to be will be.

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