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Lesson Plans

Re: Interviews

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Sandra Hildreth (shildret)
Tue, 18 May 1999 01:17:33 -0400

I have ignored ArtsEdNet for the past 5 months as I have been very busy
with my 2 jobs - full time high school teacher and Methods instructor
for 13 college seniors. My college graduates are now out in the job
market with portfolios, actually binders, that contain sample
instructional materials, examples of student work, resumes, and
documentation about their goals for art education, classroom management,
working with identified students, and so on. I agree that there will be
many a school administrator who won't know which end is up in an art
lesson plan - but when they ask my students questions about what their
objectives might be for an art program, or how will they relate their
teaching to the national standards, or how will they deal with
inclusionary students , etc., - my students will have intelligent and
confident responses. Perhaps no one will look through their portfolios
very thoroughly, but their experience in organizing and assembling them
is extremely valuable. Not only did they all do well in their student
teaching, but they are prepared to articulate about their experiences
using all the lingo that is currently popular in educational
conversations. You have to walk the walk and talk the talk. I don't care
how long one's resume is, if you can't explain how you would teach and
how you would manage your classroom, someone who can will be more likely
to get the job. And I don't mean all these future teachers know is the
vocabulary - they actually worked hard at doing the stuff too. They are
well prepared for teaching in today's schools. That's how a teaching
portfolio will help them get a job.
Sandra Hildreth
Home Page:
Art 7-12, Madrid-Waddington Central School, Madrid, NY 13660
School Pages:
Art Methods, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY 13617