What Items Do I Need to Bring to My Teacher Interview?

Updated :: 2015/04

by Candace Alstad - Davies on April 20, 2015

teacher interviewCongratulations! You’ve landed that coveted teacher interview. Now it is extremely important that you impress in your interview and large part of that is coming prepared.

Have you ever wondered: What items do I need to bring to my teacher interview?

Items to bring:

• Copies of Your Current Resume: If you need to distribute them to the panel, you should have enough to do this. Most likely they will have a copy, but they may be testing your to see if you are prepared.

• Copies of Your Letter of Intent/Cover Letter: This should be brought alongside your copies of your resume in case the interview panel doesn’t have a copy with them. Find out the other must-bring items for your teacher interview

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How to Find Job Openings for International Teaching Positions

Updated :: 2015/04

by Candace Alstad - Davies on April 20, 2015

international teachingSo you are interested in teaching overseas, but don’t know where to find credible education positions? Learning how to find job openings for international teaching positions will greatly help your international job search. There are a variety of different ways to search for job openings for teaching overseas. If you are looking to teach at an international school, you can search for job postings on the internet or in your local newspapers. You can also apply to attend an international job fair, or contact potential schools directly.

International teaching jobs are advertised on the internet and also in newspapers; some newspapers even have a special section devoted to international positions. Newspapers are great sources for information that are often overlooked nowadays because of online job boards. Many local newspapers have online job boards and classifieds as well as their print versions. Many recruiters prefer to advertise in them to search for certified teachers.

Many websites exist that specialize in international teaching; however, many of these websites will charge you to access their job lists. Normally you will pay a membership fee that will give you access to their databases for a year. It is up to you whether you want to go this route. If you choose not to, you can find most available jobs listed on the TES website: http://jobs.tes.co.uk/, or other related websites that offer TESOL or ESOL certification.

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What ways do you develop and implement creative lesson plans?

Updated :: 2015/04

by Candace Alstad - Davies on April 16, 2015

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Do you know how to answer this teacher interview question: What ways do you develop and implement creative lesson plans?

Although lecturing still remains an important way to communicate information to students, research has proven that learning happens in a more effective manner if used in combination with active learning teaching strategies. So, nowadays you will frequently hear this question being asked during job interviews. This question clearly wants to help the interviewers assess what techniques and hands-on learning strategies you include when developing lessons and if you have up-to-date knowledge about these techniques.

When giving relevant examples from your past, you have to prove: First, that I am an informed person…

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Determining What Makes You Unique and How to Market It

Updated :: 2015/04

by Candace Alstad - Davies on April 13, 2015

uniqueWith the economy the way it is, employers can have their pick of the litter. They may only receive a handful of applications or possibly one hundred, depending on the school district. For that reason, determining what makes you unique and how to market it is a very important part of your job search.  Not only do you have to meet the minimum requirements mentioned on a job posting, you must also demonstrate what other special qualities or achievements you possess that you can bring to the table.

All classroom teachers must be able to develop and instruct lesson plans that adhere to curriculum and benchmarks. But how are your lesson plans different? Are they creative and hands-on? Do they relate to the real world and leave students wanting to learn more? If so, make sure this is mentioned in your résumé and cover letter. What about behavior management? Do you implement innovative methods for keeping students well-behaved and focused? Do you go the extra mile to maintain communication with parents? Are there team-building techniques you apply to boost morale amongst fellow teachers? The trick is to

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Your Attitude Can Be the Key to Your Success In a Job Interview

Updated :: 2015/04

by Candace Alstad - Davies on April 13, 2015

job interviewReceiving a teaching job offer after an interview depends on many factors – how well your skills and talents fit with what the school is looking for, how well you communicate your value proposition, how many other qualified candidates are interviewed, and sometimes the unpredictability of the hiring principals/superintendents.

But one key component for interview success you may not have considered much is your attitude. By this, I mean what you are thinking about as you prepare for, go through and reflect on a job interview. Many people underestimate the importance of keeping a positive attitude during the interview process, however, your attitude can be the key to your success in a job interview. The degree to which you think optimistically, keep the right things in perspective and maintain a poised mental attitude will directly affect the outcome you are hoping for – a solid teaching job offer. [click to continue…]

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How would you make a difficult phone call to a parent?

Updated :: 2015/04

by Candace Alstad - Davies on April 9, 2015

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Do you know how you would answer this interview question: How would you make a difficult phone call to a parent?

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:

The time to prepare for talking to a parent about a difficult matter is before a problem presents itself. A teacher calling to talk to a parent about academic or behavioral difficulties has a great advantage if the parent already has some familiarity with the teacher. The best way to prepare for this situation is for teachers to contact all parents in the first weeks of school. This can and should be a short phone call, welcoming them as parents of your students and making a positive comment about the student.
In the initial phone call, teachers should:

1. Introduce themselves.

2. Describe one activity in the classroom, such as “We’re making masks this week.”

3. Describe one positive attribute about the student, as in, “Charlie seems to really enjoy asking questions.”

4. Encourage the parent to contact you whenever a question or concern comes up. [click to continue…]

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Always Use A Cover Letter When Applying For A Teaching Position

Updated :: 2015/04

When applying for a teaching job, many people wonder whether a cover letter is really necessary. A cover letter is your first form of introduction, and provides an introduction for your resume as well. A cover letter is, therefore, essential when applying for any job. You should always use a cover letter when applying for […]

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Transitioning from Education to Entrepreneurship

Updated :: 2015/04

A career change is something that one must carefully think through before diving head first into it. There are usually a number of triggers and pointers that indicate that someone is ripe for a change in their vocation. As a teacher, it might start as loss of interest in teaching that is accompanied by a […]

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What Are Your Thoughts on Team Teaching?

Updated :: 2015/04

Do you know how you would answer this interview question: What are your thoughts on team teaching? Have you been asked this question at a teacher interview before? I am sure many of you have participated in team-teaching and realize the benefits of this strategy. The interviewer who asks this question wants to discover if […]

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Create a Professional Brand

Updated :: 2015/03

An important part of your job search is your ability to create a professional brand. It’s important in your job search that the information schools find about you online is positive and professional. Remember that many schools will Google their potential candidates to find out what they can about them. So, it’s important that what […]

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