How to Prepare for the Interview Process

Updated :: 2015/06

by Candace Alstad - Davies on June 29, 2015

interviewKnowing how to prepare for the interview process is an incredibly important part of the job interview. To ensure that you perform successfully during your interview, you need to fully prepare in advance. During a teacher interview, you will be asked to not only answer a series of interview questions to either a panel or the school principal, but you will also most likely be required to complete a lesson demonstration.

It is now common practice for teacher candidates to have to demonstrate their ability to work with children through practical sessions by either teaching a whole or part of a lesson during the interview. Usually, you will be given advanced notice that this will be occurring during the interview and the school will set out what the objectives of the session will be, how long it should take and the academic level of the students you will be teaching. Because this is a relatively high pressure situation

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Writing a Teacher Resignation Letter

Updated :: 2015/06

by Candace Alstad - Davies on June 29, 2015

resignationWriting a teacher resignation letter is necessary if you have to resign early from your teaching contract. Resigning from any job is difficult, but resigning mid contract from a teaching position is very complicated. When a teaching contract is signed, both parties intend for the contract to be continued for an entire academic year. Schools hate to lose teachers mid-year because it disrupts the students’ educational experience and decreases yearly academic progress for the students. Although this is something that schools don’t like, it does happen.

From dissatisfaction with school policies to required relocations, there may come a time when you are unwilling or unable to complete the term of your teaching contract. If this occurs in your teaching career, you will be in the unenviable position of writing a resignation letter. The composition of a resignation letter can be incredibly difficult, even for the most adept writer, because it requires a great deal of tact and consideration. Consider the following tips

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Why do you want to work for our school district?

Updated :: 2015/06

by Candace Alstad - Davies on June 25, 2015

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How would you answer this teacher job interview question: Why do you want to work for our school district?

With this question, the interviewers are assessing if you know for sure why you want a position in this particular institution/school district. Do you have arguments to support your claim that this is the right place for you, or did you simply apply for the opening because you needed a job and saw an opportunity?

Preparation and research is imperative to successfully answer this question. In order to formulate a good answer, you need to do some research on the school, its students, teachers, vision and Mission Statement, educational goals and objectives, unique characteristics, and its achievement levels. Address them as you answer this question, referring to your unique abilities and experience to convince the panel of the value you would bring to the school.

Provide a few reasons why you’re interested in the school or district, and explain what in particular sparked your interest. What is your personal experience with the school or district? What do you know about its student body, faculty members, industry reputation, community involvement, educational goals and objectives, upcoming initiatives, demographics, or extracurricular activities? This information will help you to accurately respond to the question. The word accurate is important — don’t answer the question using old information.

The interviewer is looking for evidence that you really know why you want to work there or if you just sent out applications and hoped for the best. This research will also help immensely when answering other questions throughout the interview, so plan to dedicate some time and energy to doing this homework. Effective research will help to tailor your answers to the question above as well as many others. Preparation and honesty are the keys to a successful answer.

 

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How to Land a Teaching Job

Updated :: 2015/06

by Candace Alstad - Davies on June 22, 2015

teaching jobAnyone, who has ever looked for a teaching job, can tell you that getting a job in teaching can be a very difficult task.  There are a finite number of teaching jobs available in most districts but once a job has been filled, it frequently remains this way for up to 30 years.  With the job market being as tight as it currently is, everyone is trying to hang onto their jobs. This makes figuring out how to land a teaching job increasingly difficult for newly graduated teachers.

If you want to get a teaching job, you need to make sure you are an impeccably prepared and well-rounded candidate.  There are a few things that you can do to help increase your likelihood of being selected for a teaching position, and these are as follows: [click to continue…]

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Professional Development Ideas for Teachers During the Summer

Updated :: 2015/06

by Candace Alstad - Davies on June 22, 2015

summer professional developmentHere are some professional development ideas for teachers during the summer.

Keeping your teaching skills up-to-date during the summer is essential to staying on top of your game as an educator. As with students, learning while on summer break must be reinforced. By practicing instructional skills, developing new classroom management strategies, and researching cutting-edge methods, you will ensure you are easily able to get back into the swing of things in the fall.

The summer break is a great time to learn new skills that relate to the classroom. For instance, if you struggle with utilizing or integrating specific types of technology, enroll in a course or hire a private tutor. Once you have your head wrapped around technology such as SmartBoard, iPad, and digital cameras, you will feel more confident using them with the students. You may also want to design lessons and activities as you go, while the information is fresh in your head. Other skills you may wish to focus on include connecting with students, bringing the classroom to life, and incorporating unique topics and themes. If you are looking to reinforce skills focused on student engagement, consider volunteering for a summer camp or children’s reading program, where you can work one-on-one or in small groups with youth, and get to know their interests to a greater degree. Summer is also the perfect…

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What role do standards play when teaching students?

Updated :: 2015/06

by Candace Alstad - Davies on June 18, 2015

teaching standardsDo you know how you would answer this very important teacher interview question: What role do standards play when teaching students?

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:

Learning standards primarily deal with the content of the curriculum in the schools. They are the goal for students’ schooling. They determine the standards to which students need to perform by the end of the semester or school year. Content standards indicate what students should know and be able to do by the end of the school year. The curriculum and my lessons should be designed to help students get to these end goals. By testing students with standardized testing, districts and states learn whether or not the standards are effectively being met by each school. The learning standards form…

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Creating a Teacher Resume Requires Finding Achievements

Updated :: 2015/06

A teacher resume needs to have the “wow factor” in order to earn an interview. The document must have substance and make a person stand out from the crowd. This means that creating a teacher resume requires finding achievements. The best way to set yourself apart from the competition is to highlight your relevant accomplishments […]

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How to Find the Perfect International Teaching Job

Updated :: 2015/06

Find out how to find the perfect international teaching job! If you have just graduated with a teaching degree, you are probably seeking a job. You are eager to get started using the newfound skills you have acquired.  Many people come out of college ready and eager to teach only to find that there are […]

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How do you make learning fun?

Updated :: 2015/06

Do you know how to answer this important teacher interview question: How do you make learning fun? 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 […]

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How to Transition From the Military to a Teaching Job

Updated :: 2015/06

If you want to know how to transition from the military to a teaching job, read on. There is a strong record of military members obtaining teaching positions in the education sector. School districts often find former military personnel to be an excellent asset in the classroom as well as in helping to build leadership […]

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