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

by Candace Alstad - Davies on March 16, 2015

teacher resumeIn 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 needs to include these five important factors. Without these five important areas, your resume will fall short.

Below are the top 5 things you cannot leave out of your teacher resume. These  five key areas that your resume must incorporate to help you explain “what I do” and “how I do it” in your teaching. Continue to find out what the five things are you need to include your teacher resume

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How to Implement Question and Answer Sessions

Updated :: 2015/03

by Candace Alstad - Davies on March 16, 2015

Students with Hands RaisedIf 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 can go flat. Students can tune out, opt out, play dumb, etc, as a way of getting out of participating. So how can you improve your question and answer sessions to get more out of your students and display your control?

1) Don’t always ask students who have their hands up
Start picking on those students who are obviously not paying attention. Eventually they will have no choice but to sit up and pay attention.

2) If a student is stumped by your question, don’t just…

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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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Transitioning from a Teaching Position to Corporate Trainer

Updated :: 2015/03

Transitioning from a teaching position to corporate trainer is not uncommon. The financial pressures of life coupled with the need for career-self-actualization has created a situation in which everyone is in search of a better future and ever greener job pastures. The teaching profession is no exception. Many teachers are now transitioning from an academic […]

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How Do You Differentiate Your Instruction?

Updated :: 2015/03

Have you ever been to a teacher interview where this question has been asked: How do you differentiate your instruction? The interviewers want to know how you accommodate different types of learners in your classroom. It is important that the response you give to the job interview question is truthful, relevant to the position, and […]

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