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April 07, 2014

The Power of Experience

There is a quote I found recently attributed to Soren Kierkegaard which says "life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards."  In many ways, our past can easily influence our present and the people we are today.  We might not consciously think about it very often, but our ex...

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...

November 10, 2013

Transferring Teacher Skills: Getting Started

In today's world it is important to be flexible and adaptable.  You never know when you may need to look for a job outside of teaching.  For instance, what if you are geography-bound to a certain area and there is a hiring freeze or budget cuts force your school district to decrease the number of ...

October 29, 2013

How to Create Some Experience

It is often said that if your ship is slow to come in, you should swim out to meet it. The same can be extended to your acquisition of relevant experience.   You need not wait for an employer to formally hand you an opportunity to gain some experience. You can create your own credible experience b...

August 26, 2013

Choosing a Career in Teaching

There are countless reasons to choose teaching as a profession. You may be pursuing teaching because you feel strongly about impacting student learning and development. You might be attracted to the autonomy that comes with having your own classroom. Maybe you were inspired to choose teaching as a p...

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...

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...

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