Most interviews begin with a time-wasting question such as: "Tell us something about yourself." Why? As the interviewer, you have the candidate's resume, cover letter, and some other documents like a portfolio, reference letters or surveys, transcripts, and test scores. What more do you need to know about a 22-year-old interviewing for their first teaching position?
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June 16, 2018
April 17, 2018
I like to know what incentives, marketing materials, and salaries they are offering. Last year I came across the most amazing teacher recruitment advertisement ever. It was so cool, I considered going back in the classroom, packing up my family, and moving to California. Going into my 20th year, I'm vested in insurance and retirement, I may have to reconsider.
March 13, 2018
Every school and school district is unique so, do your research and do not make assumptions. Prior to your interview spend some time exploring the school website, tailor your application materials to the school culture (if you are applying to a school of the arts find ways to infuse this theme into your application materials), review the school's report card to get an understanding of the successes and challenges the schools faces.
January 18, 2018
While the shortage of certified teachers is real in pockets across the country, there continues to be a need for preparation prior to interviewing for that first job. In some school districts, the competition is still fierce and in order to be successful, teacher candidates will have to bring their "A" game in order to secure the job they want. So, when does that preparation start?
November 27, 2017
Recent graduates may find themselves a bit overwhelmed when navigating the teacher job market for the first time. While it is easy to be enticed by districts or schools that advertise high salaries, the wise job seeker will weigh numerous factors when considering competing employment offers. Many of these considerations revolve around the employer's benefits package.
November 15, 2017
Much is made of the importance of job fair preparation, and rightfully so. Job fair prep is critical, but it is not the end goal. The preparation is the behind the scenes work, intended to set you up for a successful recruitment experience. Recruiters are constantly evaluating during job fairs. Here's what they do (and don't) want to see:
September 27, 2017
Discovering new things about yourself as you explore and learn about a new culture can be staggering and remarkable. Make the commitment to enter in as a learner and expect amazing things to happen as you grow in perspective.
September 12, 2017
One of the most amazing joys in teaching overseas is the international classroom. More often than not, an international educator will say they have learned far more from their students than what they have taught them. This rich diversity of nations, languages and cultures, as well as the varied experiences of the students, creates a whole new culture within the classroom.
September 05, 2017
International schools have been around for well over 100 years, initially providing education in the native language and curriculum for children whose parents worked as diplomats. Today, according ICEF (International Consultants for Education and Fairs) there are over 12,000 international schools in operation around the world. The types of international schools are numerous and varied; each one representing a different demographic of students, curriculum, leadership and financing.
August 29, 2017
With the current teacher crisis, chances are likely you could not only receive one teaching contract, but you could potentially receive more than one offer. Consequently, there are certain things to keep in mind when considering and ultimately, accepting a teaching position.