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  1. athena83

    athena83 Rookie

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    Hello,
    I am trying to work on a brochure but don't know where to start because I can't quite envision it, does somebody mind showing me theirs so that I can know what direction to go in?
     
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  3. McKennaL

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    My scanner doesn't work... but I can make suggestions to you.

    Mine is a tri-fold brochure.

    Top:

    Name
    Certification

    *Objective? Mine Says: Self-Contained Elementary Classroom
    *Graphic or Picture
    Educational Quote that sums up philosophy

    Open that flap and you are faced with an inner flap:
    Experience
    *Student teaching/Clinical Experience
    *Other Teaching
    *Summer School
    *Subbing
    *Related Experieince???

    Open that Flap and you have the Entire Center divided into three sections-

    Left Section:
    Picture Collage of children activitely engaged in my classroom
    Education
    *Colleges
    *Degrees
    *Certifications/Endorsements received
    *Locations
    *Dates

    Professional Group Memberships
    and/or
    Continuing Professional Development

    Middle Section:
    I have three areas that are marked-
    Literacy
    Science
    Technology

    *Under each heading I have a very brief paragraph that discusses my approach or achievements in teaching each area.
    *Picture of me teaching a lesson and the kids riveted(LOVE this pic!)

    Right Section:
    Original Math Program I developed
    *Super brief explanation of it
    *Reason why it was developed & its benefits
    Composite Pictureof Program in action or elements
    Quotes of Review and Endorsement from cooperating teachers, University Supervisor, Team Teachers, and a student regarding the program and it's benefits

    Fold the Brochure back up and turn it over -
    Back Cover:
    "Here's what Educators have to say about McKenna"
    *One-Liners lifted from letters of recommendation
    *One-Liner quotes from Professor letters of introduction
    *One-Liner quotes from fellow teachers/classmates about collaboration with me
    Contact InformationSmall Area on the bottom
    *Name
    *Address
    *Phone
    *E-mail

    PROOF-READ a gazillion times
    Then give it to EVERYONE you know to proof-read as well!!

    There you go
     
  4. athena83

    athena83 Rookie

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    Jul 12, 2009

    That helps a lot, Thanks!
     
  5. ParaPacker

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    I love the brochure idea!

    I had a packet with copies of lesson plans, the required paper work, and for fun, I put pictures of projects I did with students as well as little notes I gathered from my experiences.

    I don't know if you'll have room, but the pictures are what the administrators and other teachers remembered.

    Good Luck in your endeavors!
     
  6. WindyCityGal606

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    Jul 12, 2009

    Is the brochure a more current way of presenting your resume, recommendation letters, and portfolio all in a snapshot?
     
  7. Jlyn07

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    Athena, if you PM me I can send you my brochure. I haven't gotten any specific feedback on it but I have gotten five interviews since I started sending it out.
     
  8. roseteacher12

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    do you send it with a resume/cover letter? does it include pictures? i've thought about sending it with my regular application things but i think I'd probably take out all the pictures
     
  9. McKennaL

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    I think it would look rather dull without pictures. My pictures are not over-bearing or central... but they do break up the writing a bit (imagine reading a newspaper without ANY pictures... Zzzzzzz)

    Now, i don't take a good picture...i am CERTANLY NOT photogenic! I'm average looking...but I can't take a decent pic for my LIFE. So only one picture is of me teaching. Others are of kids actively engaged in my classroom. I could do this WITH faces showing...or crop it so faces don't show...but I prefer faces. (And faces WERE allowed at my school-plus those parents gave me their permission to use their kids' pics if it were only for my brochure.)

    What i WOULD NOT do is to put a single posed (photographers or yearbook) picture of myself...or me in a "life" picture..ex:with friends at a baseball game, or out to dinner with a spouse.
    If it can't be teaching kids...i wouldn't use it.

    BUT... you can ALSO use educational clip art.

    Just to break up the writing....which would be dull.
     
  10. roseteacher12

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    clip art is a god idea. i'm not sure I'd send them out with actual pictures but I do have pictures of me teaching in the one I am planning to use for interviews. I think I might design a seperate one for sending in the mail.
     
  11. rachaelski

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    My brochure has my contact information and a picture of me teaching on the front. The back has the "quick glance" important information (education, experience, licenses), there is a flap that pulls quotes from my Phil of Ed. Inside, I have a small picture at the top of each section. One section is dedicated to my educational methods, one to classroom management, and the last (and most important) deals with the "J-factor" or the Joy-Factor (how I make teaching fun).

    If you want to PM, I will send you my brochure.
     
  12. Jlyn07

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    I do send it out with initial applications. Like I said, I'm not sure if that's whats getting me interviews or not but last year when not using one, I only got one interview.

    As for pictures, I do have a picture of me on the front that is "yearbook-y". I like to think it puts a face with the name, ya know? I also have pics of me with students and a couple of pictures of a learning center I did. I also used clip art.
     

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