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Networking During Your Student Teaching Placement

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1. Eat lunch in the faculty room and get to know the staff
• Become part of the community
• Steer clear of inappropriate conversations

2. Volunteer to help others in the building with activities, fundraisers, concerts, etc.

3. Invite the school leadership to observe you in order to:
• Receive constructive feedback
• Remind them about your talents

4. Attend staff training opportunities voluntarily
• You may learn something
• Demonstrates interest and enthusiasm to others in the school

5. Volunteer to serve as a mentor or tutor to a student
• Before, during or after school
• Speak with school counselors or other teachers

6. Arrange a meeting with the principal to review your resume
• Receive constructive feedback
• Remind him/her about your experience

7. At the conclusion of your placement type a thank you letter to the principal and cooperating teacher(s)
• Include your resume
• Keep in contact with these individuals
• Leave some sort of note or treats for the staff at the conclusion of your placement

8. Offer to substitute teach at the conclusion of your placement

Suzanne Dagger
Director of Career Services
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY

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