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 ...


The fall semester is a great time to lay a firm foundation for your education job search. Take steps to secure references, update your job search materials, and determine how employers in your area search for aspiring educators. • Develop strong references. If you are engaging in classroom observations or student teaching, remember that first impressions are lasting ones. Arrive early, dress professionally, and demonstrate ongoing curiosity and interest. Introduce yourself to the building administrators and thank them for the opportunity to observe or student teach. Be friendly and professional with everyone you encounter; it will not go unnoticed. As your ...


As summer comes to a close, many schools begin new teacher orientation, teacher workshops, and professional development activities before the start of school. Maybe you are one of those new teachers anxiously awaiting your orientation and the start of the school year. Or, perhaps you've yet to receive a full-time offer. In a tight education job market, your job search may take longer than anticipated. If you haven't landed a full-time teaching position, don't lose hope! There are steps you can take to stay connected and keep your skills sharp while continuing your search. • Stay positive. A large part of ...


Recently a reader asked for assistance with transitioning from a challenging situation. Here are some tips: There will be many times in life where we find ourselves in situations that no longer serve us in the way they once did. Realizing that we are at this point is normal as we are constantly evolving--our interests and values change over time. This is especially true in our careers. The average person will hold about seven different careers in their lifetime. There will come a point when we are no longer satisfied in our position for one reason or another and will ...


LinkedIn is a professional networking site that includes nearly 225 million professionals from over 150 industries and these numbers continue to grow each day. LinkedIn connects professionals from around the world allowing them to connect in ways that may not have been possible before. LinkedIn allows members to connect to people, ideas, companies, and jobs. It is a great tool that could create future career opportunities when used effectively. Below are basic strategies to build and maintain a professional profile on LinkedIn. 1. Build a complete profile. Building and maintaining a complete profile is extremely important because it communicates commitment, ...


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