Create a Professional Brand

Updated :: 2015/03

by Candace Alstad - Davies on March 30, 2015

professional brandAn 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 they read is relevant and helpful.

You don’t want schools reading your inappropriate blog posts or Facebook pages. This type of information has cost applicants jobs. In some cases, it has even cost them a chance at an interview. Now, before you go erasing your Facebook account and canceling your blog, the problem isn’t necessarily that these pages exist; it is that you also need professional context to counteract and overshadow these personal pages, while also ensuring that there is no damaging content on your personal pages. [click to continue…]

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Tips for Integrating Technology into the Classroom

Updated :: 2015/03

by Candace Alstad - Davies on March 30, 2015

technology into the classroomTechnology is quickly becoming more and more integral to students’ education and is transforming the way students learn in the classroom. Today’s students are born into technology-heavy environments and, therefore, are brought up knowing how to use different forms of technology. As a result, sometimes students have a greater understanding of technology than their teachers. Because of students’ reliance on technology, they are also helping to drive the demand for integrating technology into the classroom.

Incorporating technology into the classroom not only helps students to learn how to use the technology, but it also teaches them how to creatively approach projects and problem solve. There are many resources and much information available to help teachers incorporate technology into their classroom environments. Below are some tips for integrating technology into the classroom to help you navigate the world of the technological classroom. Gain the Knowledge and Skills

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What is the Role of a Principal and a Vice Principal

Updated :: 2015/03

by Candace Alstad - Davies on March 26, 2015

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What is the Role of a Principal and a Vice Principal?

When interviewing for any position in education, you may be asked to describe the roles of both the principal and the vice principal in the school community. If you are applying to become one of these positions, then the interviewers will want to make sure you understand the ins and outs of the position. If you are applying to become a teacher, the interviewers will be interested in knowing what you expect from your principal and vice principal as a teacher. The answer you give to this question can also help interviewers to determine whether or not you would fit in well with their school community and vision. Consider the following

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The Interview Process Should Not End When You Walk Out the Door

Updated :: 2015/03

by Candace Alstad - Davies on March 23, 2015

interviewThe interviewer has finished asking their questions, you’ve had a chance to ask the interviewers some questions, and now you are shaking hands and are walking out the door of the interview room. Now the interview process is over and you just have to wait, right? No! The interview process should not end when you walk out the door, and you should strive to ensure that it doesn’t. There are a few things you should do to follow up after your education interview, and there could be some things the school will want from you to help them make their decision as well.

When the interview is over, it is a good idea to ask the principal the next step in the hiring process. For instance, will there be another round of interviews and when will they let you know when they’ve made a decision? It’s important to find out what your next contact with the school will be. Otherwise, the interview will be left up in the air, and you will be confused as to which next steps you should take. Find out for sure who is calling who. Sometimes the school will call the candidates to let them know of their decision, other times the school will leave it up to the candidates to phone and find out. [click to continue…]

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What Kind of Experience and Credentials Do I need for Teaching Abroad?

Updated :: 2015/03

by Candace Alstad - Davies on March 23, 2015

teach abroadWhat kind of experience and credentials do I need for teaching abroad?

This is a very important question to ask when looking into teaching abroad because there is a lot of conflicting and biased information out there. Some websites that say you need a certain certification are usually trying to sell that course. Another reason for the conflicting information is that necessary qualifications change depending on which country you want to teach in.

You may come across information about teaching abroad that states you need a degree in education, a licence to teach, and two years’ experience. This is very misleading, as most of the time you will not need all three of these. Usually you need some form of qualification OR experience but, that being said, there are opportunities for almost everyone. If you don’t have two years teaching experience

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What makes a good elementary, middle, or high school?

Updated :: 2015/03

by Candace Alstad - Davies on March 19, 2015

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Do you know how you would answer this teacher/administrator job interview question: What makes a good elementary, middle, or high school?

Here is a sample response to give you some ideas…

A good grammar school has state rankings (based on test scores and other criteria) near or above the “effective school” level, teaches a high quality curriculum, as well as values, offers an effective special education program, has teachers with full credentials and years of experience, has a high quality library and technology program, has support programs for both gifted and struggling students, maintains class sizes that are as low as possible, is well thought of by parents and community members, offers a range of extra-curricular activities and events, has a specific discipline policy, is safe and well-maintained, and promotes parent involvement. A good middle school has…

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The Top 5 Things You Cannot Leave Out of Your Teacher Resume

Updated :: 2015/03

In order for your teacher resume and cover letter to pass the ultimate test and gain the attention of the principal, it needs to be an exciting read and compel the principal to want to find out more about you by calling you in for an interview. In order for this to happen, your resume […]

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How to Implement Question and Answer Sessions

Updated :: 2015/03

If you can learn how to implement question and answer sessions into your classroom, you will be able to test students’ comprehension of lessons easily while maintaining students’ focus and attention. Furthermore, this activity will also let you know where your students are in terms of their understanding of lesson concepts. Sometimes, however, these sessions […]

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How Will You Approach Parent Teacher Conferences?

Updated :: 2015/03

Do you know how you would answer the following teacher job interview question: How will you approach parent teacher conferences? An administrator will ask you this question to determine your knowledge of the results parent teacher conferences can have. Some parent teacher conferences go really well, while others may have a negative effect, resulting in […]

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The Benefits of Creating a Teaching Portfolio

Updated :: 2015/03

Whether or not you decide to create a teaching portfolio is a personal decision, but the benefits of creating a teaching portfolio are many fold. There is a lot of research supporting them as a tool in lifelong learning and for your job search. As a result, preparing a portfolio, either digital or hardcopy, will […]

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