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June 13, 2017

Interview Tips

Interviews to teach in America are quite similar to teaching interviews in the UK. As mentioned in our previous blog post, becoming a global citizen is important for the further development of our country and world as a whole. When interviewing for international roles, it is okay not to know how things may differ from country to country. What impresses our Head Teacher's is your curiosity and actively seeking out knowledge as to how their school may differ from where you have previously worked. We often have the belief that we can't ask these types of questions during interview, but in fact the complete opposite is what impresses our hiring managers.

May 23, 2017

BE PATIENT... WE ARE HIRING

Don't stress! There a few things that most new teachers aren't aware of during the furious hiring season that district know all so well. The wheels on the bus go round and round but when it comes to the pace of hiring in K-12 education, is not so fast.

April 25, 2017

Starting Something New: Taking a Fresh Approach to Child Care Teacher Preparation

This has been the most rewarding and creative experience in my career. I have been able to tap into my years of experiences in early childhood centers and classrooms as teacher, director, coach and mentor. It was challenging to overcome some of the myths and stereotypes of what professional development for child care teachers should be. Our vision was that teachers should experience learning the way we want young children to be taught, with love, nurturing, patience, and deep respect for their uniqueness and capabilities.

April 11, 2017

Learning Lessons for the Classroom: Attending an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program

Learning and implementing age appropriate practices have greatly improved the daily atmosphere in my classroom, and have guided me to become a better educator. A day in the life of an early childhood educator in a child care center typically consists of a meticulously well-planned day of fostering education-via-play that meets the needs of each individual child.

March 27, 2017

The Letter of Intent

The phrase "letter of intent" has multiple meanings depending upon the person using the terminology. Letters of intent in your job search can be considered the same as "application letters" or "cover letters".

March 07, 2017

Highlighting Experiences on Your Resume

Diverse experiences can count. Teachers do indeed spend a lot of time in the classroom instructing a subject. However, spending time with diverse audiences will help you prepare for your career. Diversity includes culture, religion, and thought. Learning something different gives you depth of knowledge, and an appreciation of others. Consider study abroad, service projects or learning a skill that stretches you.

February 28, 2017

What Do They Want to Hear?

So what are administrators expecting from you as they examine your paperwork, read your reference letters, conduct your interviews, consider your portfolio, and see you teach a lesson? We asked that question to a number of administrators in Western Pennsylvania not too long ago, and here are the most important qualities they seek, in no particular order:

February 14, 2017

Only One, Please

While school administrators want to see your passion to be a teacher, your writing never needs more than one exclamation point per sentence!!! One exclamation point indicates passion as effectively as two or three or four or five or ... you get the idea. Would you use multiple question marks??? Multiple apostrophes '''??? Looks sloppy and unprofessional, don't you think? Yes, it does!

February 07, 2017

No Kidding Around

I believe the word kids can express a genuine warmth and passion for teaching students. You may feel the same. But if you are interviewing with a professional who feels that word is disrespectful, your opinion will not matter.

January 31, 2017

Find "Your Person"

No matter what stage of your career you are in, keep your eyes, ears--and heart--open to finding "your person." Why? Because you are called to a profession with quite a daunting task: educating, supporting, and loving the children and youth who are our future.

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