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August 21, 2013

Tips for First-Year Teachers

Transitioning from a teacher education program to having your own classroom for the first time can be an exciting and overwhelming experience for new professionals. To assist with the transition, here are some tips for first-year teachers provided by educators with a few years of teaching experience...

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...

June 15, 2012

The Teaching Profession: Quick Road to Burnout or Evolving Passion?

Ask a handful of teachers why they chose the field of education, and you'll quickly hear a variety of personal stories of discovery - the influence of a life-changing teacher they had as a student, a desire to impact the lives of youth through education, and the list goes on. Aside from congruence,...

September 26, 2011

Networking During Your Student Teaching Placement

1. Eat lunch in the faculty room and get to know the staff • Become part of the community • Steer clear of inappropriate conversations 2. Volunteer to help others in the building with activities, fundraisers, concerts, etc. 3. Invite the school leadership to observe...

September 08, 2011

Creating a Strategy

Oftentimes candidates, especially in this tight job market, come to me for advice on how to conduct their job search. They find themselves staring at the computer and realize they don't know where to begin, they feel overwhelmed or they use the same job site over and over. What they don't realize...

August 31, 2011

Ramp UP Your Search!

Tomorrow is September 1st. In many parts of the country school has started or is just about to start. This is the time of the year that many unemployed teaching candidates feel despondent; that there is no chance for a job. THIS IS NOT THE CASE! Many schools find themselves in need of last minute te...

May 19, 2011

Keeping Up (But Not Necessarily With the Joneses)

How are you keeping up with what is going on in your job search - and in the world? Record-keeping in your job search is important, but it is also vital, in my opinion as an educator, to keep up with what's going on in education and in the world. This may seem an odd topic for an education job seek...

February 21, 2011

Why Teach?

Do you remember your favorite teachers? Did they inspire you to graduate and go to college? Or did your favorite teachers help you find your passion in sports, band, or drama? Did a teacher get you started on the path to a love of reading or math? Do you want to be someone's favorite teacher - helpi...

October 27, 2009

Hope and Help for the Disheartened

I apologize for this blog being offline for a few weeks. We were having some volunteer scheduling problems but are now back on track and eager to be of assistance!! I wanted to start our comeback with a very timely article that appeared in last week's EdWeek. The lead sentence stated that "Two out ...

August 12, 2009

Five Key Aspects to Finding a Teaching Position with Confidence and Competence!

Since I started working as a Career Counselor with student teachers three years ago, I knew I was in my element. As I began developing specific programming to help student teachers prepare for their first teaching position, it occurred to me that finding a teaching position can be competitive and fo...

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