Right after graduation, I decided to kick start my career full blast into having my own classroom in the UK. I was a brand new teacher starting in a new curriculum, a new country and in a challenging school as the cherry on top. It was a scary and risky move, but I wouldn't change it for the world. I got to be a part of an amazing staff, learn some tricks of the trade, gain so much confidence in my profession and also traveled to 19 countries! It was an amazing whirlwind that flew by so fast.
Interviews to teach in America are quite similar to teaching interviews in the UK. As mentioned in our previous blog post, becoming a global citizen is important for the further development of our country and world as a whole. When interviewing for international roles, it is okay not to know how things may differ from country to country. What impresses our Head Teacher's is your curiosity and actively seeking out knowledge as to how their school may differ from where you have previously worked. We often have the belief that we can't ask these types of questions during interview, but ...
Teaching in a different education system, in a different location gives teachers the opportunity to learn the needs of students from different cultures or backgrounds. It also gives teachers the chance to discover how other regions combat global educational issues, such as the achievement gap. Teaching in the UK provides these opportunities.
Don't stress! There a few things that most new teachers aren't aware of during the furious hiring season that district know all so well. The wheels on the bus go round and round but when it comes to the pace of hiring in K-12 education, is not so fast.
This has been the most rewarding and creative experience in my career. I have been able to tap into my years of experiences in early childhood centers and classrooms as teacher, director, coach and mentor. It was challenging to overcome some of the myths and stereotypes of what professional development for child care teachers should be. Our vision was that teachers should experience learning the way we want young children to be taught, with love, nurturing, patience, and deep respect for their uniqueness and capabilities.
Having conducted classes for adults working toward the Child Development Associate (CDA) for several years, I feel the Louisiana's new Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate expands and strengthens opportunities for those in the early childhood profession. As part of Believe and Prepare: Early Childhood the NSU Gateway Program strives to provide child care teachers the skills needed to provide high quality care to children throughout North Louisiana. Our program provides teachers several options to obtain their Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate. They can attend face-to-face or online courses that are designed to complement the coaching and onsite support teachers receive.
Learning and implementing age appropriate practices have greatly improved the daily atmosphere in my classroom, and have guided me to become a better educator. A day in the life of an early childhood educator in a child care center typically consists of a meticulously well-planned day of fostering education-via-play that meets the needs of each individual child.
Many enter the field of child care because of their love for children...and love for children is certainly very important in this field. However, providing high quality early learning experiences for our youngest children requires more than love. Among other things, it requires an understanding of child development as well as skill in working with families, humor, and a healthy dose of patience!
The phrase "letter of intent" has multiple meanings depending upon the person using the terminology. Letters of intent in your job search can be considered the same as "application letters" or "cover letters".
Diverse experiences can count. Teachers do indeed spend a lot of time in the classroom instructing a subject. However, spending time with diverse audiences will help you prepare for your career. Diversity includes culture, religion, and thought. Learning something different gives you depth of knowledge, and an appreciation of others. Consider study abroad, service projects or learning a skill that stretches you.