Tuesday, November 16, 2010

comments on guest speaker

I really enjoyed the guest speaker; I was interested in hearing about things to expect during the first and second year of teaching. I think that it’s great to have someone to help mentor you. I know how it feels to student teach and have a question that needs answered might as well be doing it all on your own. I think she gave a great handout that had information that I will read more into when I graduated. Teaching all day and then coming to class can take a lot out of you so I’m thankful for the handout to look at later. I’m so overwhelmed with information and graduation that I’m just focusing on graduating and working on my resume.

Questions I would ask a future employer
• Could you tell me about the other educators who would be working with me?
• What classes are offered in the school district for art?
• Are extracurricular assignments available for teachers interested and qualified?
• What professional development opportunities are offered to the staff

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

professional qualities of my dream job

I should first say that teaching in a classroom is a job that offers many rewards and helps me expand on my knowledge of art. But I would say that my dream job would be to run an open studio that would have spaces that people could rent out for their own use. We would all share the basic equipment and have an art community within. I would like to offer classes to students and adults to come and learn about things that they may not be able to learn in a regular classroom such as papermaking, jewelry making and graphic novels. I sometimes feel in a regular classroom theirs to many restrictions to what students can learn. This would be a place to learn and explore with the materials.

That being said some of the professional qualities, I would like in my dream job would be to have a great relationship with others in my studio and others in my community. Interaction with the group and outside within the community would need to be

I like to always be prepared for every lesson well before the lesson starts. I feel like I don’t get the respect from the classroom if I’m not prepared with all the materials for the lesson. This also applies to working in the studio, making sure that everything is in working condition, bills being paid and working with other artist. Its important to be honest and dependable working with others.

Communication is also an important part of this job. I want a community where everyone is open and encouraging when commenting on others work. I would like to get to know the people that I’m working with on a professional manner but also in a way that they feel like they can trust and depend on me for support if needed. I would always be compassionate and empathetic when responding to concerns and feelings. I will always be encouraging others do step a little further in their work. I think that flexibility is important when working on a project. I don’t like to have due dates, I feel that this limits you on your creativity. I would like to work with people to feel like they can work on an assignment till they feel that their done.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Commentary on guest speakers - something you learned & something you still would lik more clarification on.

I really enjoyed the guest speakers, I’ve meet them before and they have helped me answer a lot of questions. They are always peppy, professional and willing to help you with anything. I wish that I could be that way every day walking into the classroom. I’m definitely going to strive to be more peppy.
I felt like they presented a lot of helpful information even though I was familiar with some of the information. I was surprised to hear about the job opening in the middle of the year and the early retirement. This but a little bit of hope back into finding a job. Being married and not being able to really move, I knew that the job market has seemed almost nonexistent but maybe it’s not going to be so bad. I wish that I could have taken the opportunity to go abroad and teach. It sounds like such a wonderful opportunity. I really enjoyed that these guys really know about what’s going on in the Iowa schools, they didn’t generalize the whole United States when talking to us.
I thought that the authors had some really great advice when it came to interview questions. I guess I’m still not clear on is exactly what to bring to the interview. I know that I will have a copy of my resume but should I bring a computer just in case to show my eportfolio? Should I make a slideshow of images along with lesson plans to show the interviewers or should I bring in a few examples of work that the students did in my classroom.