Classroom Management Tips for Teachers

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 21, 2014

Teacher  Struggling With Classroom Discipline

Classroom management tips for teachers can help a teacher get fresh and new ideas on how to management the classroom. You can get into the field of teaching for various reasons: teachers want to make a difference in the lives of our students, they want to inspire students to do their best, weather it’s in the classroom, on the playground, after school, or for the rest of their lives.

However, if you are like many frustrated teachers, it may not have turned out as picture perfect as you imagined when you graduated from teachers’ college. Even though you really love to learn, really love to teach, and really want to bring out the best in your students, you may have started to dread going to school each morning because you are fed up, frustrated, and fearful.

Somewhere along the line, your students have become more defiant, less attentive, and off task. Simply put, you are slowly losing control of your classroom…

How Do You Incorporate Reading Strategies Into Your Classroom?

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 20, 2014

Have you ever been to a teacher interview where this question has been asked: How do you incorporate reading strategies into your classroom? Find out how to answer this tough teacher interview question.

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:

Elementary students need support with what they are reading, and so I implement a variety of reading strategies into my heterogeneous classroom to meet the needs of all students. The reading strategies that I incorporate, I find are important to help students learn and comprehend what they are reading as well as improve students’ reading fluency. [click to continue…]

Preparing For An International Teaching Job Takes Planning

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 19, 2014

Preparing for an International teaching job takes planning, including researching where you would like to live, schools hiring, and other important details. Once you’ve interviewed and been offered an overseas or International teacher position, there are several steps that you need to take to prepare yourself for your big move.

First off, as soon as you’ve been offered a position, you need to take the steps necessary to get your important documents and visas in order.  You can look into what documents you need to have with you in order to be allowed entry into the country you are working in. You can also ask your employer about which visa you need to get and how you can go about getting all your documents in order.

After getting all your important documents and official business out of the way, there are some last minute preparations that you will need to complete as well. Here are some suggestions for things that you may want to do prior to leaving so you can fully enjoy the experience of teaching overseas.

A Teacher Job Interview Should Be An Open Discussion

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 18, 2014

Teacher Job Interview Needs An Open Discussion A teacher job interview should be an open discussion, this will allow the conversation to flow easier and the interviewer will learn more about your personality and who you are as a teacher and you will learn more about the school and the interviewer. Consider the typical teaching job interview stereotype: The intimidating and powerful interviewer interrogates the ill-fated candidate, looking for flaws, tapping into weaknesses, and trying to trap the candidate into saying or doing something that will knock him/her out of the running.

While this might be how it feels to be a candidate, in fact interviewers desperately want to find the right person to fill an open position. The talent shortfall is hindering the school, hurting the students, and causing the hiring committee to spend inordinate amounts of time interviewing potential teaching replacements.

Candidates who understand and appreciate the interviewer’s perspective give themselves an advantage during interviews.

Six Nonverbal Methods that Project an Aura of Control

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 17, 2014

AmbroFind out about six nonverbal methods that project an aura of control so you can improve your classroom management.

As a teacher, it is important to be aware of all potential behavioral triggers in your classroom. That is because problems, arguments, and disruptions don’t just happen – something causes them. One of the best ways to prevent and avoid these triggers is by projecting an aura of control. If you give the impression that nothing escapes your attention and that you have a concrete hold over any situation, few students will risk testing you.

So, it is very important that you achieve this aura of control. The way you look, the way you move, the way you use and hold your body, has a profound effect on those around you and those with whom you come into contact. It gives a clear, sometimes subconscious, message to others as to how you’re feeling. For instance, in times of stress we tend to display some gestures such as rubbing our necks or clenching our fists and, while quite natural and usually performed subconsciously, these actions are a clear indication that we are no longer in control. Mastering our body language is, therefore, very important in order to show that we are in control. There are six nonverbal cues…

How A Cover Letter Can Address Gaps in Employment

by Candace Alstad - Davies on November 17, 2014

renjith krishnanThough your resume may look spot on and demonstrate that you have the right type of experience and education, upon closer inspection a potential employer may see that there are gaps between your positions. You can use your cover letter to address gaps in employment history.

Short spaces of time (i.e. one to three months) are explainable; usually it takes a while to find a new job or relocate for your new position. However, it is the larger gaps of time or the re-occurrence of large gaps that worry employers. They wonder if you are reliable or just a job hopper; if you have numerous jobs that you only spent a few months at, then they would classify you as a job hopper. If you might be considered a job hopper…

Making Job Search and Professional Career Goals

Are you moving forwards and making job search and professional career goals or are you failing to make necessary decisions The inability to make decisions is often embedded in some other underlying fear. Although sometimes we may be unable to make a choice simply because we lack the resources, research, or information with which to […]

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Teacher or Administrator Job Search Methods and Techniques

It would be great if the school of your dreams called you up as soon as you graduate from college and offered you the teacher job you have always wanted. However, if you have ever been hired for a teaching job you know this is never the case. If you are a certified teacher wanting a teaching job, you will need to

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An International Teacher Job Interview Requires Preparation

An international teacher job interview requires preparation for meeting with the international teacher recruiters. This forward planning will help you to feel more professional and more secure when the time actually comes. Below are some things you should do to prepare successfully for an important interview with recruiters. This may sound cliché, but your appearance […]

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How Do You Use Differentiated Instruction?

Teacher Job Interview Question About Using Differentiated Instruction in the Classroom — How do you use differentiated instruction? Describe the benefits and a lesson you taught using this method of instruction. Here is an example of a response: One of my favorite Language Arts lessons that utilizes differentiated instruction is one I wrote for my […]

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