Many educators consider the possibility of teaching abroad, but at times it can feel like a daunting endeavor. New teachers are excited by the opportunity to travel internationally and gain classroom experience. If, you are considering this option investigate the following: Attend an international teaching fair: There a few specific events related to this topic across the globe. In particular, The University of Northern Iowa's annual fair which will be held on January 30 - February 1, 2015 is a great one-stop-shop for locating positions. Preparation for the event should begin in November, since the candidates must build a file ...


Think Sherlock Holmes or Carmen Sandiego! An applicant needs to do more than simply know the school district's goals and mission - those should go unstated. Employers across the board, regardless of industry area, note that new hires need to know more about their organization and demonstrate that they took the time to do research in advance of their interview. As a follow-up to blog entry "Do You Really Want to Work Here?" in February 2014, candidates should have a strong understanding of why they want to be a part of XYZ School. Take some time to consider these strategies: ...


How do you address a challenging working relationship with your co-op? While student teaching is a learning experience, a student teacher is also providing an important service to a classroom and working closely with those institutions' students (as a principal once said, "the most prized possessions of parents"). I found it helpful to think about active listening skills that were shared with me by a previous professor when navigating tough conversations. Identify your purpose for listening. Most of the time a student teacher is listening to learn information. Believe it or not listening takes energy and requires attention. Try not ...


I recently heard the 2014 Teacher of the Year for Pennsylvania, Anthony Grisillo (West Chester University, '96), comment to a group of student teachers, "You are not teaching physics! You are teaching students physics!" This statement helped put my message to future educators in context with the comments of our education employers on our Career Center's Employer Advisory Board. When asked, "what are the top competencies (skills & experiences) that you look for your new hires?" one employer indicated "a passion for student success". How would a teacher candidate express that quality? Focus Job Search Materials and Interview Responses on (specific) ...


I recently came across the article courtesy of Robert Half International, Inc. a global staffing firm and thought it might be useful during this busy interviewing time. Performing well during the job interview is one of the most important steps in the hiring process. Every candidate wants to impress a prospective employer, but, despite his or her best efforts, not all do. Often, a simple mistake can cause an applicant to blow the entire meeting. Here are some errors to avoid: 1. Arriving late. Getting to an interview on time or, for that matter, a few minutes early is an ...


Here are some questions to ask yourself when going through the often difficult decision-making process. Getting Unstuck - Gaining Control 1. What are my assumptions? Many of us assume if only we could make the one right decision about the matter at hand, everything else would fall into place and we would be happy. Decisions are not black and white in terms of their consequences, but simply move you in one direction rather than another. Decisions open up some options and close off others. 2. What are my feelings? Some people create unnecessary stress about making decisions because they give ...


There are many steps to the application process for teaching positions and you should be prepared to spend a considerable amount of time preparing each application. Here are some tips to help you in your job search and the application process: Have a professional email address that is separate from your personal email address. Create an address using your first and last name or continue to use your University's email address, if possible. Check your voicemail message! If it has been awhile since you have listened to your voicemail message, please do so and be sure to change it to ...


As you transition from your college career into your professional career as an educator you will be experiencing many new beginnings in your life, one of which may include a type of stress you have never dealt with before. The great excitement of your first year teaching can sometimes be coupled with great stress and anxiety to meet the needs of your students, administrators, peers and parents! Here are a few tips I learned in a recent workshop to help you keep your cool under stress. Situation: 1. Clearly identify problem areas - a specific person or situation where communication ...


Working with many students, particularly freshmen, reminds me of conversations I would like to have with teachers about their work with students in helping them to discover their majors and career paths. Students in high school need to know what a resume is and try to create one. When they get to college, they will already be in the mode of how to create one. It is a powerful experience to see your work on paper and this goes for students, too. It will help them as they move forward to review what they have done in high school and ...


Do you ever think about how you are perceived by others? There are many ways this occurs both in person and online. This can affect you in the workplace. Perceptions become reality so it is worth the time to review how we present ourselves which becomes our personal brand. Your brand is often first noticed by colleagues and employers online. This is through: Email: This should be one that is appropriate and that you will check regularly. Facebook: Employers receive resumes and then cross reference on Facebook. Your profile should be "cleaned up." There should be no questionable photos or ...


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