What kinds of instructional techniques should be used with English Language Learners?

Updated :: 2015/05

by Candace Alstad - Davies on May 28, 2015

English language learnersDo you know how to answer this interview question in a principal interview: What kinds of instructional techniques should be used with English Language Learners?

Here is a sample answer to help you get prepared for your next interview:

“I use many techniques that are proven by research to be successful with ELLs. To create an environment in which the ELL is most successful, it is vital that the native language be respected and encouraged. If possible, the teacher or assistant should be able to speak the native language to facilitate communication and use the “Preview/Review” technique. In that technique, a lesson is previewed in the child’s native language for comprehension, but taught in the second language for language development. Also, parents should be encouraged to talk and read to their children in the native language. The native culture should be incorporated into the curriculum through literature, history, music, food, and dance. Children should never be discouraged from using their native language. Teachers should be aware …

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Managing Your Internet Presence

Updated :: 2015/05

by Candace Alstad - Davies on May 25, 2015

managing your internet presenceManaging your internet presence is an indispensable part of your 21st century job search. Not only should you be actively reaching out to recruiters and hiring authorities, but you should also be leveraging your efforts with direct networking (through LinkedIn, Facebook, Ecademy, etc.) and by developing a strong internet presence. This combination creates an effective job search strategy that will increase your exposure to more teaching opportunities.

If you have a website, blog, Facebook profile, or other web presence, there are two things to examine:

1. Can people find you?
2. When they do, what will they find? Do you worry about what people might find, or not find

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Resumes are Used to Market a Product and That Is You!

Updated :: 2015/05

by Candace Alstad - Davies on May 25, 2015

resumeResumes are used to market a product and that is you!

Picture the recruiting process like a sale. The person who is recruiting (hiring) is the buyer and you are the actual product. To start selling the product, you need to create a strong advertisement which describes the benefits of purchasing. Just like the packaging of a product attracts the attention of a shopper, your resume and cover letter must catch the interest of the reader.

When you are writing your resume, you are using it to market yourself to a prospective school; for this reason, you need to show the return on investment. What will the school get by hiring you for a certain position? When creating your resume, ask yourself questions similar to the following:

Did you spearhead a new method, lesson, or program?

Did you pilot a program or head a leadership initiative? [click to continue…]

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Can you force a student to learn?

Updated :: 2015/05

by Candace Alstad - Davies on May 21, 2015

force student learning

Here is a question you might get on your next teacher job interview: Can you force a student to learn? What ways do you encourage students to learn?

Do you know how you would answer this?

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:

No, you can’t force a student to learn, however there are many great methods to encourage students to learn. Teachers who encourage learning produce individuals who are better educated and more prepared for the future. Encouraging students to learn requires extra time and effort on the part of the teacher, both in and out of the classroom. In order to encourage my students, I set high expectations, change my instructional methods consistently, use students’ personal interests, teach students to set goals, and monitor student progress. I set high expectations for my students…

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What it Takes to Enter Special Education Teaching

Updated :: 2015/05

by Candace Alstad - Davies on May 18, 2015

special education teachingIf you want to become a special education teacher, you will need to know what it takes to enter special education teaching. Children with unique needs require specially trained help and guidance. Trained specialists need to be available to assist them in reaching their highest potential. Special education teachers must be understanding educators who are patient and willing to give all the students the guidance needed to achieve success.

Special education teachers are in charge of teaching and handling students with special needs. They are also In charge of coordinating the delivery of all special education services. Generally, most children suffer from mild to temperate physical disabilities or from learning disabilities.

Such children benefit greatly from Special Education teachers. To become a special education teacher…

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What to Include or Omit From Your Resume

Updated :: 2015/05

by Candace Alstad - Davies on May 18, 2015

resumeYour resume is a prospective school’s first impression of you. It represents your character, your skill sets, your accomplishments, and your qualifications. However, job seekers often tend to make the mistake of rushing their resume and end up making fatal errors. They end up putting in information that should be left out. Therefore, it’s important you know what to include or omit from your resume.

Here are some important Hints about what you should or should not include in your teacher resume:

1.) Achievements: Of course you have to state your job functions, but also state the things you accomplished while performing your duties. You need to include everything that gives you an edge over other teachers. You will want to include items like the following list, but leave your personal and private accomplishments out. What sets you apart from…

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What components make a great lesson?

Updated :: 2015/05

Do you know how you would answer this teaching interview question: What components make a great lesson? 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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The Advantages of a Discussion Based Teacher Interview

Updated :: 2015/05

Do you know the advantages of a discussion based teacher interview? When you attend your next teacher job interview, instead of simply submitting to the question and answer process, approach it as an opportunity to learn. Ask questions; listen carefully; then look for opportunities to relate what you’ve learned about the school, the district, latest […]

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How to Create an Amazing Teacher Cover Letter

Updated :: 2015/05

Your teacher cover letter is a critical part of your job application as it represents the first impression a principal will have of you. In combination with your resume, your cover letter introduces you to schools and is the only way potential school districts can gauge your professionalism and abilities. As a result, you need […]

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How do you keep a school safe from violence and crime?

Updated :: 2015/05

Principal job interviews contain lots of difficult questions that you will need to know the answers to. For instance, how would you answer this question: how do you keep a school safe from violence and crime? Here is a suggested answer to this question. Begin by saying, “There is no one-size-fits-all solution to keeping a […]

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