December 2010 Archives

Much like the process used by student teachers after teaching a lesson, yearend is a perfect time for reflecting on our performance during the past year. For those of us seeking a career position, this means evaluating how we've been conducting the job search. First we want to review the documents we're submitting to school districts. Have we taken time to research the mission, goals, demographics, and anything else we can learn about the district? Does the cover letter catch the reviewer's interest by demonstrating that knowledge? Has the resume been tailored to fit the specific desired qualifications? Have we ...


Often, when presenting seminars on the teacher job search, I am asked if a newly credentialed teacher should immediately pursue a master's degree. Because the pay scale is higher for teachers who hold a graduate degree, teacher candidates assume that having the graduate degree puts them at a disadvantage. My ambiguous reply to the question is "It depends." Most of the school site and HR officials I have asked tell me that a highly qualified, desirable candidate would not be rejected on the basis of starting salary. However, a master's holder with very limited classroom experience would not rank highly ...


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 ...


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