Question about Letters of Recommendation

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  1. buster

    buster New Member

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    I finished my student teaching last semester and I am now
    ready to begin applying at districts in my area. Almost
    every district asks for 3 letters of recommendation to be
    submitted with the application. I have never had to deal
    with these letters before, and I'm not quite sure who I
    should get them from. My cooperating teacher and I didn't
    get along well, so I'm getting one from my student teaching
    supervisor. Another, I am getting from one of my professors
    who knows the quality of my work and work ethic. I wanted to
    add a professional letter of recommendation to complete the
    trio, but I learned that my old job at a bank does not allow
    supervisors to give professional recommendations. This is
    the only "real" job I've ever had and I wouldn't even begin
    to know how to contact the supervisors for my old part time
    jobs.

    I need one more letter of recommendation, but I'm not sure
    who it should come from. As I see it, my options are:

    1. Get another professor to write it since they are the only
    ones who have an idea of my work, but it makes it appear
    that I have no professional history.

    2. Have a friend or past coworker attest to my work ethic,
    but anyone can do this so I believe it would mean nothing.

    3. Fake one. This is just a joke. I really don't know what a
    third option might be.

    Does anyone with a history of making hiring decisions (or
    anyone who has a history of being hired) have any advice for me?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. cruiserteacher

    cruiserteacher Comrade

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    When you say your CT and you did not get along well was it due to your teaching or just a personality conflict? If you did well during your student teaching, then I would certainly ask for a letter regardless of any personality conflicts. My letters were from a professor, ST supervisor, and CT.
     
  4. peachacid

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    Who told you that information about the bank? I would double check and also let them know the recommendation would go toward your being a teacher, not working at another bank. That might help.

    That being said, I would ask your supervising teacher, if, as the other poster said, the conflict was due to differing personalities.
     
  5. Sshintaku

    Sshintaku Comrade

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    If worst comes to worse, ask a co-worker.
     
  6. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

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    Could you ask the principal at the school you student taught at?

    Or you could ask any one of the teachers that you taught with before student teaching?

    Did you ever do any tutoring or activities while at college? You could ask one of the advisers to write one as well?
     
  7. waterfall

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    Maybe it was just in my state- but a lot of the jobs I applied for asked for four letters. I was dual certified so luckily I had two CT's, and my supervisor and a professor. I didn't get along with one of the CT's that well on a personal level- but I did a good job and she wrote me a wonderful letter of rec. Is it possible to just ask and see how it turns out? Do you have any old field experiences with CT's that you could ask? Any other job at all (even if it wasn't "professional"?) Any volunteer experience?
     
  8. MissAnt

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    Your resume will speak for your professional history. I had two professor letters and one CT letter. I think you'll be fine without the letter from the bank if you're not able to get it.
     
  9. botjeanietle

    botjeanietle New Member

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    What about the principal at the school where you student taught? Or another teacher who may have seen your work/worked with you?
     
  10. pyramidreading

    pyramidreading Rookie

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    When I was a student teacher, I actually had one of my students write a letter for me. Totally unprofessional, I'm sure...
     

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