Sunday, April 23, 2006

some updates

--My bus ride back from Boston last week featured a crying baby (well, sometimes crying, sometimes just loud high-pitched happy noises), an 80 degree bus, and traffic so bad that it took us 45 minutes to get from 60th St to 42nd street, which then caused class lateness and panic. Feel sorry for me. I sure did.

--Interviews went pretty well. Fingers crossed for my first real paying job in 2 years.

--Have to do a portfolio to graduate from ed school. Has to have some kind of "cohesive theme" that "illustrates our journey" through the year. I'm thinking "Frustration," "Disappointment," or "Seething fury." Suggestions welcome.


At April 23, 2006 8:42 PM, Blogger Never That Easy said...

--Have to do a portfolio to graduate from ed school. Has to have some kind of "cohesive theme" that "illustrates our journey" through the year. I'm thinking "Frustration," "Disappointment," or "Seething fury." Suggestions welcome.

I particularly like "seething fury," however, if the goal is to actually GRADUATE, I don't suppose it is your best bet. Lol....

Hmm... I think mine had something to do with inclusion/classroom community. Basically, you just figure out whatever you have the most actual lesson plans/documentation/recorded experiences in and you make up something to fit it. I seem to recall a bunch of "the teachable moment"s, a couple of "incorporating XYorZ into the classroom"s, and a few "growth/change"s. Although, in private, my friends and I had labeled them "I can't believe I had to do this crap," "I'm finally done with this stupid school," & "If you're buying this BS, you're stupider than we thought."

Congrats on finally finishing up, though... and good luck on the job hunt!

At April 24, 2006 6:35 PM, Blogger Carrie K said...

Seething Fury sounds like an entertaining read but I don't know how helpful it would be career-wise.

At April 26, 2006 7:25 AM, Anonymous Abi said...

First of all, congrats on the mention in USNWR. I felt suddenly in the know, though I've never read any of the other blogs.

Second, if an option, go the online portfolio route. Why? Folks in the ed world are seriously impressed with all things 'online'. No, it doesn't make any sense, but then look at those GRE scores for the top ed schools. Ouch.

Theme ideas:
-Developmentally Appropriate Best Practices
-Higher Order Thinking in Heterogenous Grouping
-Discovery, Inquiry, and Reflection
-Cooperative Learning in a Multicultural Environment
-Authentic Learning and Assessment
-Promoting Life Long Learning

At April 26, 2006 2:33 PM, Blogger lenie said...

Oh dear god. I recall the portfolio nightmare. I will email you link to my online porfolio. You may get a few ideas.

Good luck!

At April 26, 2006 3:16 PM, Blogger lenie said...

BTW I need to rant after reading your post. That so sounds like a typical education school assignment.

What always drove my crazy in ed school (among many things) is the professors absolute inability to tell you what they really want. They use all this mushy touchy feely language and they give you the impression that these projects are open ended for you to create. Then you turn in the damn assignment and they get this prissy face and make you do it over. Just tell me what you want.

For example: While student teaching my supervisor required a journal about our experiences. He had this big discussion about how he wanted the journal to be interesting and not rote recitation of our day. We were to keep daily journals and then select passages to submit. I choose to go through my day period by period and highlight some of my more challenging students. Actually it was very funny to read. I figured he had been a teacher for years he didn’t really want to hear my AIM etc. Well the first time I handed it in he was fine with the format but commented that it was very unorthodox journal but enjoyed reading it. The secondand final time I handed the journal in he commented that it wasn’t exactly what he looking for, he wanted a daily account of my lessons. But get this he returned it after he submitted my final grade(which was a Pass) and I had graduated. BTW he mailed it to my house, I guess it was that important. What exactly was the point of making that comment. I was thinking to myself, “Well the next time I student teach I’ll write a daily journal.” ;)

Sorry for the long post.

At April 26, 2006 7:30 PM, Blogger newoldschoolteacher said...

Thanks for the suggestions on the portfolio topics, guys. Unfortunately, our topic is not supposed to be nearly as sophisticated as yours sound. I'm talking about things like "A flower blossoms" or "A journey" or "I hate myself." Actually that last one just slipped out. Don't worry, I'll figure something out. If I learned one thing in college, it was how to scramble for my life.

At May 30, 2006 2:56 AM, Blogger Benjamin Whelan said...

We have to do a portfolio of each year every year at the school I currently work at. It's a pain, but it can be helpful in being reflective on the year.
It isn't so much themed though as it is a general "What I did this year," kind of thing.
I guess the topic would be, "Why I Should Keep My Job." *LOL*

At May 30, 2006 11:17 AM, Anonymous Mrs. Bog said...

ak! portfolio!

Also ed grad student in midlife
career program.

We are the last class to do a portfolio. Hmmmm.
We still have to do something for student teaching though we're not sure what it all is going to entail.

We have to key ours to certain state codes and write reflections about some of the entries. I actually like this part as I do learn a lot from each assignment I choose to put in.

We were told do NOT scrapbook it! This is professional work! The more creative of us sighed. We had all sorts of ideas!

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