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Re: [teacherartexchange] Another thought on portfolios

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StacieMich_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Jun 11 2006 - 10:25:41 PDT


I am working on an e-folio through my graduate program, but it is very
unfinished. In Miami, you do not have to have a degree in education to teach, so
some teachers don't have these things. We are so desperate for teachers that it
is actually relatively easy to become a teacher. All you need is a Bachelors
in some field. If you have enough coursework in a subject, you can apply for
your temporary. Once you have your temporary, you can get a job. From that
point, you have three years to finish the required education courses and to
take your exams. Then you get your permanent certificate. This is the route I
have taken. This is why I was so unprepared. I'm not saying that it's a good
system because it allows many people to enter teaching without being
prepared, however it's been good for me because I was able to find a job and get my
feet wet. I guess you could say I'm doing things backwards. I started teaching
first, and now I'm getting the "training" and credentials. This is why I
don't have a solid portfolio. I'm only now making one because I have a year of
experience behind me. When I went on interviews last year, I only brought a
portfolio of my own work, some lesson plans I had thought up and my resume. I
had two job offers, so I'm hoping that with a nice portfolio filled with
student work and rubrics and real lessons that have been tested, I'll get the same
luck!

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