It is often said that if your ship is slow to come in, you should swim out to meet it. The same can be extended to your acquisition of relevant experience. You need not wait for an employer to formally hand you an opportunity to gain some experience. You can create your own credible experience by volunteering and by exercising initiative. Some job-relevant experiences that the writer has encountered over the years include activities such as the following: Served as a summer nanny / sitter for five-year-old twins Taught weekly Sunday School classes for 12-year olds Assisted with children's church choir ...


With the fall semester of the school year underway, most seniors in our nation's teacher education programs are probably gearing up for student teaching. However, the fall semester is also a great time to gear up for your job search. Student teaching in itself can, of course, become a "try-out" for a vacancy that may occur on campus; but even ahead of the student teaching experience, there are some enjoyable actions you can take to launch your job search. Don't wait for the official job fair/recruitment season. Here are 3 steps you can take right now, this fall. Attend ...


On September 5, 2013, major U.S. news networks presented a heartwarming story of seven puppies and their mother, Sheba, who were re-united in the state of New York, with the soldiers who had befriended them in Afghanistan. The men's unit was being shut down and they were fearful of what would happen to Sheba and her pups when they returned home. The men had nursed Sheba back to health after the birth of the puppies, using their MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) and beef jerky. Sheba had remained a very loyal, protective partner for the men. According to the ...


I hear this a lot: "I've been applying everywhere, updating often, doing EVERYTHING.... but getting no results." In this digital age, you may feel like you are being diligent, but are you really? Another way to define false diligence is the old term "Spinning your wheels." So how do you get some traction? Spend your time wisely: Whether you have been in the job search for a while or you are just starting out, it might be helpful to think about how people get their jobs and how you are approaching the search. For example, if you are spending 80% ...


We've all heard that line, and after a few rejections and seeing some others hired before us, we may start to truly believe it. But it really is wrong. In fact, it is wrong on two counts.First it IS about what you know. To be hired as a teacher in the public school system (and increasingly in private and charter systems) you need the certification that shows you have a certain proficiency in education. No certification, no position.Secondly, it is more about who knows YOU than who you know. This is essentially the power of networking. The more ...


Applications, resumes and job applications are always a "Work In Progress," or should be. Gone are the days when you took your résumé to the stone mason and had it carved in stone. Two things that employers look for are individual tailoring and recent activity. Tailor your materials: read the position description and then start digging further. I suggest finding the mission statement for the school or district and using key phrases or ideas which match your personal approach to education. Incorporate these into your cover letter and other materials. Keep it current. Once you have posted your application on ...


On September 3, 2013, Education Week began a three-part PD webinar series on the topic of classroom management. As most of the teachers who read this blog know, classroom management—the ability to create a purposeful and supportive learning environment—is a central element of effective teaching. Yet for many of us, both new and experienced, it can be a daily struggle. This brand new special professional development webinar series aims to help. In it, a stellar lineup of educators—including Rafe Esquith and Doug Lemov—will discuss their secrets for creating order and engagement in their classrooms...


Since it is September, post-Labor Day, I will assume that those of you reading this are either professionals in the field, seniors about to graduate or recent graduates who haven't secured that permanent position and are looking for assistance (also known as "freaking out...."). First, for the recent graduates, take a deep breath. Repeat. Lay off the Energy drinks and coffee. Stay Calm and Prepare to Carry On. There is hope! Although the school year has started, there are still opportunities. Here are a few suggestions for what you can do: * Make sure you still have your materials active in ...


There are countless reasons to choose teaching as a profession. You may be pursuing teaching because you feel strongly about impacting student learning and development. You might be attracted to the autonomy that comes with having your own classroom. Maybe you were inspired to choose teaching as a profession because of a particularly influential teacher or mentor. Other reasons include: passion for a particular subject matter, a desirable work schedule, or the variety that comes with teaching. Many new teachers, while they enter the profession with enthusiasm, become frustrated or disillusioned early in their careers when realities of the classroom ...


Transitioning from a teacher education program to having your own classroom for the first time can be an exciting and overwhelming experience for new professionals. To assist with the transition, here are some tips for first-year teachers provided by educators with a few years of teaching experience. Apply what you learned in your teacher education program. Take classroom management seriously. There's great value in routines and procedures in the classroom. Start with clear classroom management structures and stand by them to develop mutual respect in the classroom. Build relationships within your building and district. Ask trusted and experienced colleagues for ...


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