Recommendation vs. Reference

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  1. glamis369

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    Hi all!
    I will be intern eligible soon and want to get my edjoin application ready because I know some schools that request me to sub will have positions opening. I have 3 great letters of recommendation from teachers that I sub for. The online application asks for 3 references and then asks for 3 letters of reference. Do I use the same people that wrote the letters on the application or different people. I'm usually a pro at this stuff but former career positions didn't require the letters........ Please give me your advice.
    Thanks!!
     
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  3. Exclaimation Po

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    Can you see if any teachers that you have subbed for might be a reference? Or anyone that you've worked closely with? Until I had more references I used the chair of my credential program as a reference. It's less formal than a letter of recommendation. I just needs to be someone who'll say you're awesome over the phone!
     
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    Have you subbed in a classroom with other teachers there? I've done a lot of team teaching while subbing (mostly because I take a lot of SpEd assignments), so my references mostly have been teachers with whom I've worked directly. They've seen what I can do in a classroom.
     
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    I always ask my references for letters of recommendation too, just in case. There is nothing wrong with using the same people. Before having a lot of work experience, I used my sped. prof. and advisor as well as CT's.
     
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    They can be the same people but don't have to be.

    I'm using professors and a grant coordinator and a supervisor for student teaching.

    Should they be different people? What works best? Maybe because they are the same I'm not getting good responses from edjoin.

    I wish I knew if there was a way to make my edjoin profile look better?

    How does mine differ from someone new who is getting responses?



    I get way more responses from the district where I apply through their websites or mail in applications than edjoin.

    Stephanie
     
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    All of mine were the same. I also try to take out letters that are more than a year old, or have the person update the letter. None of my references or letters of recommendation were from direct supervisors. They were all people that I taught with.
     
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    My superintendent said she'd be a reference when my job was RIFed, but she didn't write me a letter. I think it sorta looks impressive that she is a reference. I do have mine updated periodically, but I keep the older ones in a binder. I have some thought that maybe I can use them in a portfolio, just no idea how.
     
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    They can, but don't necessarily need to be, the same.
     
  10. glamis369

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    Thank you all for your help. I used the same people, we'll see what happens.
     
  11. frogger

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    I have 3 recommendations which I did put as references but then I also added more people as references - personal and professional - to the list. I don't think they need to be the same but when you are first starting out there aren't a lot of co-workers or administrators who can actually be our references.

    Good Luck!
     

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