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Old 05-04-2012, 11:54 PM
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Hello everyone!

Hello to all you wonderful educators out there! It is a pleasure to be able to correspond with all of you!

I'm a recent first generation college graduate who went back to school to get her Single Subject teaching degree in English. After a grueling student teaching experience I'm ready to go out into the world and inspire the youth of tomorrow!

Currently, I'm subbing, but this summer I plan to apply for any and all secondary teaching jobs within a 45 mile radius.

With that being said, because my student teaching was such a difficult experience, I sadly don't have a lot of sample work or pictures. I did manage to get one letter of rec from my Master teacher, one from my supervisor and a few professors and former high school teachers, so I have that on my side

When I go into an interview, what should I bring? Should I put together a portfolio? What should go in there if I don't have sample work or pictures? How do I go in there and prove without a reasonable doubt that I'm the best candidate for the job?

Any and all advice would help! Especially in putting together a letter of introduction--some of the job positions on EDJOIN ask for them.

Thank you!!
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:55 AM
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You could also focus your portfolio more on the kind of teacher you are. Show what your classroom management would be, what a typical lesson would look like, how you use data and assessment, technology, etc.
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:59 AM
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Hi and welcome!!!

One thing in your post jumped out at me-- that you're "planning" to apply.

If you haven't already started, I strongly urge you to begin this morning. THIS is hiring season. Send a cover letter and resume to every single school within a reasonable radius this weekend. Then expand "reasonable" by 15 minutes, and send it to them too.

A killer cover letter can take the place of some of those recommendations you're worried about. As someone just entering the field, the lack of too many letters of recommendation is understandable. That letter should leave the reader convinced that he or she really does need to meet you. It should contain a lot of YOU, not the usual collection of buzzwords that can be downloaded.
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:51 PM
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Thank you so much for your advice, everybody!
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:57 PM
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Welcome to A to Z and good luck on your job search. As Alice pointed out, you really do want to get started on this since it's already well into hiring season.
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:39 PM
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Welcome to the boards!
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Old 05-05-2012, 07:56 PM
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Welcome! Best of luck for the job search! I agree with everyone else--definitely get started now.
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Old 05-06-2012, 12:59 PM
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to AtoZ! I agree with the others...get on that hiring stuff NOW!
Have pride in how far you've come; have faith in how far you'll go.
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