Ten Tips for a Successful Teacher Interview

Updated :: 2015/01

by Candace Alstad - Davies on January 26, 2015

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Here are ten tips for a successful teacher interview.

When you walk into a teacher interview, you will be judged not only on your responses to the interview questions, but how your answers compare with those of the other teachers interviewing for the same teaching job.  If you have the exact skills and knowledge the school district is seeking, it will mean nothing if you do not know how to conduct yourself in an interview.  Follow these job interview tips to help you get through the interview to successfully land a teaching job.

1.) Be on time:  Nothing is worse than arriving late for a job interview.  You haven’t even started the job and you are getting there late!  This shows that you are not a serious teaching candidate, you are disrespectful of other peoples’ time, and that you are disorganized. In fact, it is wise to be at least 15 minutes early. This shows that you are punctual and enthusiastic, plus it give you a few minutes to gather your thoughts. [click to continue…]

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How to Become a High School Principal

Updated :: 2015/01

by Candace Alstad - Davies on January 26, 2015

high school principalDo you know how to become a high school principal? A high school principal is a high level position that will require you to have the right educational background. It will take years of study to become a principal but it is worth the while. If you want to become a school principal, you must set your goals early, as well as get trained in education management.  This will help you make the right connections throughout your career.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), principals are in charge of setting and implementing policies and procedures. They also supervise the teaching staff and subordinate staff, develop academics, as well as extra-curricular activities. Principals also play a role in maintaining relationships between students, parents and teachers. These activities, when done effectively, bring success to the school.

To become a school principal, you must possess…

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Why do you want to leave your current position?

Updated :: 2015/01

by Candace Alstad - Davies on January 22, 2015

AmbroDo you know how to answer this difficult teacher interview question: Why do you want to leave your current position?

It is important that the response you give to the job interview question is truthful, relevant to the position, and shows value to the school district. The following could be a possible answer… or it may provide some ideas for you to tailor your response:

Interviewers want to find out why you are moving on from your past position. If you were fired or let go from your previous school, you shouldn’t lie about this. A background check will easily find you out, so you need to tell the truth from the start. If you were fired as the result of a school closing, downsizing, or layoffs, explain this and tell them that you were not fired for your mistakes or poor performance. If you were fired due to a more serious issue like breaking a school policy, not meeting your teaching goals, or due to not getting along with your principal, tell the interviewers why you were asked to leave but try to paint it in as positive a light as possible. If you left of your own accord…

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A Teacher Job Search Sanity Checklist

Updated :: 2015/01

by Candace Alstad - Davies on January 19, 2015

A teacher job search sanity checklist can help you get a handle on your teacher job search. A teacher’s job search can be stressful, time consuming, and lengthy. This combination can often make you easily feel lost in the process and the stress itself can make you feel like you’ve lost your sanity. That’s why I’ve made this checklist. The list is designed to help educators seeking a job to navigate the job search by making the most of their time and energy. I don’t want you to get discouraged in your job search, so this checklist will help you to see the benefits of working with a certified resume writer or interview/career/job search coach.

The point is to make you, the job seeker, look and feel professional, save you time, and more effortlessly attract employers to you. If you are struggling with any of these, then you should definitely study this checklist!

Read these statements below to help you decide if it is time you invested in some professional career help. Circle the number of statements…

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Classroom Disruptions Can be Stopped by Effective Teachers

Updated :: 2015/01

by Candace Alstad - Davies on January 19, 2015

It is true, classroom disruptions can be stopped by effective teachers. In order to get students to follow your instructions and stay on task, you need to instruct them in specific ways that will achieve the results you want and at the same time be respectful to them. Students need very structured and clear boundaries and guidelines in order for them to clearly know what is expected of them. As soon as instructions become laid-back, chaos will soon follow. Here are five steps that are sure to help you keep your students focused and minimize disruptions.

The first step is to state what you want them to do calmly and clearly. If they are misbehaving, clearly state what they are doing wrong and how they can fix it. Leave no room for misunderstanding and also explain to them why they should do what you are asking. Instead of focusing on the negative…

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How Do You Provide Support for Students with Exceptional Ability?

Updated :: 2015/01

by Candace Alstad - Davies on January 15, 2015

teachingMany teacher interview questions revolve around teaching techniques to help students achieve academic success. It’s important that, as a teacher, you are able to effectively answer these types of interview questions. Here is one such question to help you be prepared for your next job interview: How do you provide support for students with exceptional ability?

How do You Provide Support for Students With Exceptional Ability?

Most classrooms are inclusive. Inclusion means that all students, regardless of academic and developmental levels, will be given the chance and support needed to reach their full potential. The No Child Left Behind program dictates that all children should receive a quality education. Each child is unique, and as such, programs must be put in place to facilitate the goals and needs of students who are considered special needs, perform on grade level, and are deemed exceptional. Inclusion can be looked at in different ways

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What You Need to Know as an Aspiring New College Professor

Updated :: 2015/01

Do you know what you need to know as an aspiring new college professor? As a new professor, there are lots of things that you need to understand and expect concerning your new work environment, as well as what the university/college will be expecting in return. And as a new incoming professor, the college or […]

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Library Media Specialists Need to Display Unique Skills in Their Resume

Updated :: 2015/01

Remember: library media specialists need to display unique skills in their resume. When looking for a job as a library media specialist, it is your uniqueness that will sell you. This is even more important when one considers the overwhelming number of job applications that any such job ad receives nowadays. But for you to […]

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Teacher Interview Question Centered on Student Engagement

Updated :: 2015/01

This two part teacher interview question centered on student engagement will allow you to explain the teaching methods you use to help students have fun and be active in their learning. Many teacher interview questions revolve around your teaching methods and how you conduct learning in your classroom. The following interview question is an example […]

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Ease Your Entrance into Education by Using Your Transferable Skills

Updated :: 2015/01

The biggest challenge when entering a career in education is how to properly prepare and create a compelling resume. It may seem like a daunting task trying to enter the education field from another industry because of your lack of related experience. Ease your entrance into education by using your transferable skills as a means […]

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