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November 01, 2013

The Usefulness of a Brief Thank You

"It is being hailed as the best-ever Emmy speech, or at least the shortest ever," wrote USA Today's Olivia Barker. She was speaking, of course, about the recent acceptance speech of Merritt Wever, who won for Supporting Actress in Showtime's Nurse Jackie. Neil Patrick Harris, host of the Emmy awards...

July 01, 2013

Leverage Life Experiences for a Competitive Edge in the Job Search

What unique life experiences do you bring to the classroom? More and more school administrators are looking for teachers who bring unique life experiences to their position and more importantly, who can incorporate these experiences into teaching their students in a classroom. Administrators are al...

June 25, 2013

Managing Career Advice

Since you've landed at the Career Corner blog, chances are good that you are receptive to advice regarding your job search and teaching career. However, actively seeking feedback and suggestions may also lead to an additional set of challenges - dealing with conflicting or confusing advice. Re...

June 20, 2013

Interview Questions - Part III, Professional Educator

This concludes a 3-part blog series outlining typical interview questions and tips to consider when preparing a response. Remember: While I've listed suggestions for how to formulate your response, ultimately the answer will be uniquely yours. Stay focused, positive, and honest. Try to avoid vague o...

June 10, 2013

Interview Questions - Part II, Professional Educator

Last week, I outlined interview questions and tips related to instruction. This week, we'll look at interview questions related to being an effective professional educator. Remember: While I've listed suggestions for how to formulate your response, ultimately the answer will be uniquely yours. Sta...

June 04, 2013

Interview Questions - Part I, Engagement Through Instruction

As you start to prepare for an important interview, take your time and thoughtfully consider questions that you may be asked. To help get your head in the right "space," here are some questions regarding your ability to engage students and lead instruction. While suggestions are listed for formul...

May 19, 2013

School Administrators' Advice for Teaching Candidates

Throughout the course of the academic year, I sat down with several administrators and discussed the skills and qualifications that they are seeking in teaching candidates' applications. While answers varied slightly depending on the school administrator and the specific needs of their districts, b...

April 25, 2013

How to Use Your Strengths to Land a Teaching Job

Guest post by Connie Rath. This post was originally published in the March 21, 2013 TopSchoolJobs eXPO As a prospective teacher, you can distinguish yourself from a competitive applicant pool by understanding your own strengths and how to use them in the classroom to drive student achievement. Her...

March 19, 2013

How Should I Prepare for an Interview?

Many pre-service teachers think they need to memorize the 'right answer' to interview questions or participate in many mock interviews. First of all the bad news: there is no 'right' answer. In addition, while the mock interview may help you calm down and feel more confident about an interview, th...

February 28, 2013

Interviewing for an International Teaching Position via Skype

Skype is the most common way to interview for an international teaching position. It may sound like a relief to be able to interview from the comforts of your own home, but there are a few things you should remember: 1. Dress up. Like with any interview you may have, your interviewer will expect ...

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