Follow Your Dreams by Changing Careers to Teaching

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 25, 2014

Follow your dreams by changing careers to teaching

Make your transition from a business career to teaching a reality!

After reading this quoted statement… reflect back at how you may have procrastinated on moving your career forward or made up excuses for not “stepping out of your comfort zone”… and now you are at the same place you were months or years ago. Nothing is changed…

If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.

Although you can apply these motivating words to any crossroad in your life, applying them to a midlife career change to teaching takes on an exciting dream/reality meaning.

Changing or beginning a career at midlife is very different from when we were younger. Most of us devoted the majority of our time in our twenties and thirties pleasing others, whether it was family, in [click to continue…]

Share Your Unique Selling Point at a Teacher Job Interview

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 24, 2014

A techer Sharing Her Unique Selling Points with a Hiring CommitteeShare your unique selling point at a teacher job interview. A teaching job interview is the right time to market and sell yourself as your own brand; this means what are your unique abilities or what makes you different that the rest of the candidates.  Whether you are a Special Education Teacher, Principal, Librarian, School Counsellor, Elementary Teacher, Social Studies Teacher, or a Math Teacher, you need to convey what makes you unique. This will set you apart from the other candidate applying for the position.

You need to communicate to the hiring committee the reasons you are the perfect candidate for the position. So in order to rise above the competition, you need to know what differentiates yourself from all the others. In other words, you need to come up with your unique selling point… call it branding, if you like.

You need to brainstorm what makes you impressive, incomparable and distinctive. Know your skills and abilities so that when you are in that all important interview you can successfully convince the school district hiring committee of your worth and the benefits to the school community for making the decision to hire you.

If you aren’t sure of your unique qualities and skills, a great way to realize them is when you make your education resume and…

Instructional Teacher Tools Imperative in the Classroom

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 23, 2014

instructional teacher toolsThis post will give you information on how to answer a teacher interview question about three instructional teacher tools imperative in the classroom. This is a very good teacher job interview question and you may be asked it by the interview panel so read on and get prepared. As you know, the importance of having an appropriate strategic approach to teaching and instruction is an integral part of your success as an educator. The interview panel will want to find out what tools you find to be most important to your teaching and it will provide insight into your teaching style by the types of instructional tools you choose. Remember that in questions like these…

Administrator and Teacher Job Search Networking

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 22, 2014

Administrator and teacher job search networking will help you in various ways throughout your principal, teachers, or college instructor career. While searching for a new career in education it helps to network with others to gain information about which school districts are hiring, etc.  Your ability to network during your job search will have huge benefits on your teaching career and overall success. The larger your network is, the more support and information you will have at your fingertips. Want to learn more? Below are reasons why you need to be networking consistently to improve your career and professional life.

Job search networking is the number one way to land a teaching job. The majority of jobs are unadvertised and the leads are found through some form of networking. Also, the caliber of jobs found through networking tends to be better and more coveted. A personal connection to the decision maker is the best way to get your teaching resume and cover letter on the top of the pile.

To prove just how effective career networking for educators is, think about ten of your employed friends. How many of them got their jobs through a form of networking versus the traditional teaching job search approach? I bet you find that networking far outweighs the traditional methods. Sure they had to submit their teaching resume, letter of intent and an application like every other teacher or administrator, but did they find out about the opening prior to the public? Many educators claim…

How Do Teachers Get Students to Stay on Task?

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 21, 2014

When dealing with disruptions, how do teachers get students to stay on task? Teachers use various methods. It is important that a teacher’s response to the disruption is less intrusive for the rest of the class than the initial disruption. It doesn’t make much sense to react to a minor infraction with all guns blazing and create more of a disturbance than the student did in the first place. Therefore, I’ve assembled 6 steps for getting any student on task that will ensure problems are addressed before they escalate into large scale problems for the entire class.

When dealing with disruptions, it is always good to start small, and then work your way up if needed. So that is why step one for dealing with minor disruptions is to simply ignore it. Most attention-seeking behaviour…

Transition to an Educational Career Using Transferable Skills

by Candace Alstad - Davies on October 20, 2014

Find out how to effectively transition to an educational career using transferable skills. If you are transiting to a teaching position, school administration position, or any educator position you will need to uncover and write a resume that includes relevant accomplishments and skills that would be valuable to the new position. The biggest challenge when entering a career in education is how to properly prepare and create a compelling teacher resume or of course, an administrator resume. It may seem like a daunting task trying to enter the education field from another industry because of your lack of related experience. The solution to this is to highlight your relevant transferable skills as a means of showcasing what you can do in the field of education.

Transferable skills can be broken into three different groups, specifically people, data, and equipment. The category for people refers to your skills in communicating, teaching, supervising, and coaching while the data category concerns record keeping, translating, and evaluating data, budgeting, researching, and compiling records. The category for equipment is about your skills in operating computers, smart board, and other industry related equipment.

If you take the time to identify your transferable skills and evaluate your personal proficiencies in regards to these skills, you can convey to possible school districts that you have the core skills necessary to excel in your new teaching career. Highlighting your transferable skills can…

Writing a Philosophy of Administration and Leadership Statement

Writing a Philosophy of Administration and Leadership Statement to submit for a school administrative position will take time and be a thought provoking exercise. This personal leadership philosophy statement can be submitted with your Administrator resume and cover letter to convince the reader to call you for a job interview. This philosophy statement is generally […]

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What Skills Do You Have to Integrate Technology into the Classroom?

How could you answer a teacher job interview question similar to this: What skills do you have to integrate technology into the classroom? With new technological advancements being made every day, it is vital to learn how to incorporate these advancements in to our everyday lives. It has now also become a great method of […]

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Principals Need to be Effective Leaders

Principals need to be effective leaders to ensure the schools provide quality education for students and ensure great moral among staff and parents. Going through the motions of getting to the place of school administrative leadership is perfectly fine because we all start somewhere, but you’re not supposed to stay at the bottom for your […]

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Getting a Teaching Job Through an Alternate Route Program

The Alternate Route Program is a teacher preparation program which has been designed for aspiring teachers who did not complete a formal teacher education from an accredited college or university. There are steps you need to follow if you want to secure a teaching job through an alternate route program. Here’s how.

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