A very quick thought for those of you student teaching or substituting or new in a school. Consider doing something nice that will get you noticed as well as be an "act of kindness". A few examples to get you started.

A mentor is a valuable resource in preparing for an interview. Most applicants dread the interview part of the job hunt, but a mentor is a person who can sit down and talk about what the important issues are that a hiring agent will ask about.

As a new teacher, you may feel a lot of pressure coming from all directions to achieve success. That pressure may be intrinsic or extrinsic. Don't be afraid to WALTZ into a great first year.

The reality is that we are only human and our Kryptonite may come in the form of a flood, tornado, hurricane, loss of a close friend, a child, or a divorce. As strong as we are, don't be afraid to ask for help or to pursue help

So as I prepare to send my first child out into the big world (your classroom) where she will be surrounded by new children and grown-ups, ready to learn and explore this big world, I share with you what I hope for her teachers.

Most individuals who pursue a degree in teaching can identify exactly what motivates them to become a teacher. There tends to be a passion for education, desire to help others, and/or a commitment to impacting the leaders of tomorrow. Over the years, my work with teachers has always been so inspiring to me. When I ask about their teaching experiences, they absolutely light up speaking about the students they have impacted, challenges they've helped them overcome, or a creative lesson that really connected with their class. It's incredibly inspiring to see these new teachers so on fire for their ...

As you begin your job search, you may find yourself wondering about references, letters of recommendation, and how to most effectively use both throughout the process. Following are some tips to help you better understand the purpose of each and how to use them most effectively.

For most undergraduate Education majors, student teaching will be your most in-depth teaching experience, one that will be featured prominently on your resume and from which you will share numerous examples of your work impacting and educating students. And while student teaching is an incredibly busy, stressful, amazing experience, consider the following to set yourself up for a successful job search:

Summer is winding down and you'll soon be returning to your campus, reconnecting with friends and getting back to the college routine. Even if student teaching and graduation are a few semesters away, there are a number of things you can do to set yourself up for post-graduation success conveniently on your own campus!

A fun game for all ages, especially if you're good at it. Think of recruitment fairs as a strategic game of memory. Many educators, new and veteran, will ask if they should attend recruitment fairs. Absolutely!

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