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Choosing Elementary School Photographers – Part I

If you look on the wall of any mother’s home you will find cherished memories framed for every year. No matter how silly the photo, school photographs are remembered for a lifetime. Like most things that have a deep rooted tradition, technology has made elementary school pictures much more exciting. Many schools go with the traditional school pose for their fall program. But did you know a lot of schools use spring pictures as a fundraiser and have fun doing it?

Things to Consider when Choosing an Elementary School Photographer

Before you can think about how school photography can be a great fundraiser, you first have to choose the right photographer. For school photographers in San Diego, most decisions are made by the administrative staff, while others are left to the PTO or PTA. However, with school staffs being spread so thin these days, many schools are leaving the decision to the PTO.

There are so many school photographers available today that the decision to choose a school photographer can be a difficult one. A school photographer in San Diego is going to have a different program than a local company in a small town.

Listen to word of mouth. Good school photographers will have people talking about them. They will also have a good selection of experienced, professional school photographers to run your school picture day. It is always good to take a look at the company’s website to see their overall philosophy.

Something else to consider when choosing a photographer is who is actually taking the school pictures. You might want to ask for sample pictures taken by the actual photographers who will be at your school picture day. Many schools ask to meet the photographers who will be working at their school, which isn’t a bad idea. You want a photographer who will allow the kids to relax, because when kids are relaxed they take better pictures. This in turn leads to parents who are satisfied with their school pictures.

Another consideration when selecting a photography company is how much work will be required of the school. Many companies provide all the staff needed for picture day and require no volunteers from the school. When a company takes most of the work off of the school they are well valued.

Other photographers prefer teacher and parent volunteer involvement on picture day. There is a rational explanation for this, that the parents and staff know the students better. However, if your photographer is experienced in taking elementary school pictures, the kids will warm up to them very quickly. Plus, parents are not experienced in running a school picture day, that should be the job of the school photographer.

When People Think Fashion Design School – They Think Italy

Think of all those fine leather shoes, the smart looking dresses, and
the attractive hats that the rich and famous wear everyday. Most of us have
admired them, but have you ever thought of designing them yourself?

If you have, chances are you know that today the highlight in the world of fashion
is Italy. Just mention that something is Italian and everyone will know that,
if you are talking about fashion, it belongs to the top of the line.

And everyone knows that for that very reason the best fashion designer schools
are in Italy. But because there are so many good ones, how do people go about
selecting the right one?

If you are thinking of traveling to Italy to attend one of the many schools of
fashion design, here are some tips that may help you decide which one will
best meet your needs.

1- School Background:

Some schools tend to focus on one or another area, and that is important
when making your selection. What field interests you the most? Are there any well
known designers in that field that have graduated from that school? How well
have other exalumnae fared after graduation? The school mission and goals are
important aspects to understand, as they will inform you about what you should
expect to achieve there, and what the school expects from its students.

2- Word of Mouth:

Besides learning about a school from their own publications, another way to
find out what it is truly like is to talk to graduates from that school, or
others that have attended there. Find out what positive and negative experiences
they had, and what they liked and disliked about it. Then consider what you have
learned and weigh the pros and cons. Keep in mind that not all schools are
made for everyone, and not everyone is cut out for all schools. Compare your
own goals and interests with what you glean from others’ experiences.

3- Finances:

This will obviously be a determining factor in your selection process. Check
the fees carefully to ensure that all possibilities are covered. Are all
the expenses listed, or are there any hidden fees? What about room and
board? Do you have to find an apartment on your own, or does the school have
anything available for students? Are the materials included? If not, will you
be able to afford the extras? Or can you work and study at the same time and,
if so, are there jobs readily available? Don’t be afraid to ask, for you do not
want to discover that you have unexpected costs once you are in Italy.

4- Entrance Requirements:

Most schools have a specific list of qualifications needed in order to be
admitted into their school. Be sure to review this list carefully; some find that
a checklist can be very helpful to ensure that nothing is missed. Gather
and send all the necessary documents together. This will save you and the
admissions officer time and additional expense. It will also allow you to
understand whether or not you do possess the required conditions, and
will allow you to concentrate on the schools where you are more apt to be

If you have the appropriate qualifications, and are determined to get into
the Italian school of fashion design you have selected, the tips listed
above will certainly help you obtain your goal. It may not be easy to gain
admittance, but with clear and concise guidelines your dream of becoming a
renowned fashion designer may become a reality before you know it!

Become a Middle School Teacher

Middle school teachers are responsible for the educational development of students who have completed elementary school but are not yet in high school. Typically, middle schools cover students in grades five or six through eight. Middle school teachers delve more deeply into subjects that were introduced in elementary school and expose their students to more information about them. Unlike elementary school teachers, middle school teachers usually specialize in a specific subject, such as English, mathematics, history, or physics. Day-to-day duties are wide-ranging and include such tasks as preparation of course objectives, assignment of lessons, correction of tests, establishment of class rules of conduct, and liaisons with parents to address academic and behavioral issues.

Education, Certification, Licensing

Middle school teachers are subject to specific educational requirements set by the state in which they teach. Every state requires at minimum a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university along with an approved teacher training program which includes a prescribed number of subject and education credits as well as supervised practice teaching. Many states require teachers to earn a master’s degree in education either before they begin teaching or within a specified period afterwards. Most aspiring middle school teachers will obtain their bachelor’s in the subject area they plan to teach and then earn either their teaching credits or a master’s degree in education.

All states require middle school public teachers to be licensed. Licensing requirements vary by state but always include an educational requirement along with the ability to pass certain tests which demonstrate competency in teaching and proficiency in the subject being taught. Most states require periodic renewal of licenses contingent upon completion of a minimum number of hours of continuing education as a pre-condition for renewal. Some school systems are adopting performance-based criteria for license renewal, which typically requires teachers to demonstrate satisfactory teaching performance over an extended period in order to qualify.