Career Corner received an excellent question from a reader and we wanted to share our expert's response with our readers. "I'm applying to special education teacher positions, and some schools ask for a demonstration lesson as part of the interview process. I understand what a subject teacher might do, but what would a special ed. demo lesson look like?" The lesson would look the same as any other lesson. The lesson would need to identify the following: .The reason for choosing the particular skill chosen. It should note or make reference to the IEP goals and objectives and how it ...


Your Job Search Cup is Half Full - Now is the time to fill it up! 1. You will get a job, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but you WILL! 2. Come to terms with the fact that your job search for your Plan A (ideal) job may take weeks or months 3. Stay away from: Self Imposed Limitations or Self Doubt or Self Fulfilling Prophecies! 4. Be confident that you are employable 5. Surround yourself with supportive people. If you friends, peers, colleagues are negative about the job search/job market, create some space between you and them. ...


Reader Question: As a retired American teacher, 77 years old, in perfect mental and physical health, I wonder how realistic it would be to start searching for a contractual position on the national and international level. Nationally , it would seem that this ought to be possible given that a retired teacher obviously could be more flexible salary wise, since he or she has already an income, and has already health insurance under medicare. Obviously a retired teacher would have solid experience in his or her subject matter. On the international level, where apparently, there are a greater number of jobs ...


Yesterday afternoon and again, this morning I was reminded of the importance of getting multiple people's opinions about your resume. Basing your resume off of one person's opinion or that of your own can be a crucial error in the job search. This is when I tend to see resume's that are not attractive or aligned, have spelling errors, undersell your qualifications or include everything you have ever done! In the case of the person I worked with yesterday, she had received multiple opinions but tried to incorporate everyone's thoughts into the resume. The result? Her resume was three pages ...


Reader Question: As a rising sophomore elementary education major, what are the best opportunities to gain classroom management and instructional experience prior to my student teacher program? Dear Reader: Many teacher preparation programs offer students opportunities (through class work) to observe and participate in the schools prior to student teaching. I would encourage you to ask your academic adviser questions about how to take advantage of this. Additionally, many of my own students work in Pre-k and day care settings, while in college furthering their classroom management and instructional experience. You can also do this in camps, and before-school/after-school ...


Over the last few weeks, I have been visited by many teaching candidates frustrated at their lack of success in finding a teaching job for this school year. This is not surprising given the tight job market. So, what can you do? 1. Last Minute Jobs There are still teaching jobs available. Surprised? There are a variety of reasons. For example, student enrollment increases suddenly at the end of summer, teachers become ill or pregnant, or new teachers do something egregious and are let go. If any of these should happen, administrators may not go back to their applicant pools ...


Dear Career Corner Readers, First, let me apologize for the long gap in entries to our blog. The combination of "summer haze" and a bit of soul-searching on the best way to continue this blog caused the delay. In fact, we are still looking for ways to make this forum more viable and useful to you all, so please let us know if you have any thoughts on how we can do so. Much is happening in the field of education these days and I am afraid that on the teacher hiring front, the news is not that positive. Most ...


"Budget reductions, fewer teaching positions all around, a very competitive market in most teaching areas." Not the words new teachers want to hear after spending four plus years in college to pursue a career they have dreamed about forever. Those same words also create havoc in the human resource departments of school districts across the metro area and beyond. The significant challenges include trying to determine teaching assignments that meet the needs of all students, ensuring compliance of NCLB regulations, asking employees to take on more responsibilities for the same, or reduced salary, and adhering to contractual agreements often bring ...


Reader Question: I am searching for education head-hunters who have a proven record of matching educators with school districts. Please share a few (2-3) top head-hunters. Thank you for your assistance. Reader Answer: Dear Reader, The hiring practices for teaching positions do not typically include head hunters since they do not really fit into the education application process nor are they used by school districts except sometimes in the case of Superintendent or Principal searches. Each school district across the country uses its own preferred application system which requires candidates to complete the district's application and send/upload additional supporting ...


Reader Question: I am a person who would like to become a teacher. I currently live in the midwest, but I would move anywhere the occupation took me, especially if I could land a job with Dodds and teach overseas. I have my undergraduate degree and have been in the business world for 11 years. I am registered to start my MA in teaching shortly, but need to know if a felony conviction from 14 years ago for retail theft will hinder my certification.--C Answer: Dear C., Certification requirements vary by state as do regulations for various offenses. Often, ...


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