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May 22, 2014

Decision Making Strategies

Here are some questions to ask yourself when going through the often difficult decision-making process. Getting Unstuck - Gaining Control 1.            What are my assumptions? Many of us assume if only we could make the one right decision about the matter at hand, everything else would ...

April 28, 2014

From High School to College: Tips for the Road Forward

Working with many students, particularly freshmen, reminds me of conversations I would like to have with teachers about their work with students in helping them to discover their majors and career paths. Students in high school need to know what a resume is and try to create one. When they get to c...

April 15, 2014

Building Opportunities

What things have you been wanting to change or improve on lately?  We want improvement, but we do not necessarily know how to get that improvement.  For most of us, the difficulty probably lies in getting started.  Perhaps we are afraid of what might come from change or maybe we lack the resource...

March 25, 2014

Extra-Curricular Activities - Does Anyone Really Care?

A question that often arises when I am speaking to students and alumni about their resumes is "is it important to include my non-classroom experience?"  I always answer with a resounding "yes!"  Often, people play down the activities and experiences they are involved in outside of their "professio...

January 22, 2014

Students as Community Members

It is about this time that many pre-service teachers are beginning or returning to their classrooms for their student-teaching experience. As you do so, I encourage you to take some time to reflect on your personal teaching philosophy and what you hope to imbue in your students. Specifically, I enco...

November 20, 2013

A Couple of Ways to Take Advantage of the Holidays

Bah! Humbug! ̓ Tis the season! Here come the holidays again. Whether you love or hate the holiday season (and I go back and forth), it presents a few opportunities for education job seekers that you should take advantage of. Here are two you might think about. First, maximize the advantage of holid...

October 08, 2013

THAT Kind of Teacher

On September 5, 2013, major U.S. news networks presented a heartwarming story of seven puppies and their mother, Sheba, who were re-united in the state of New York, with the soldiers who had befriended them in Afghanistan. The men's unit was being shut down and they were fearful of what would happen...

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...

April 15, 2013

Where to Teach: Making a Wise Job Decision

It's your life. You'll spend an average of 6-7 hours a day in the classroom - and that doesn't count the endless hours at home devoted to designing lesson plans, grading papers, and creating projects. Deciding where to look for a teaching job is critical - but it can be confusing, scary, and frus...

December 04, 2012

Count on Your Career Center

The academic year is nearly halfway over and you're probably thinking about "what's next." As you are thinking about looking for a job, where you would like to live, and working on your resume and cover letter, make sure to visit your college or university's career center. Your career center is y...

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