“The match between a teacher candidate’s personal attributes, values, and dispositions and the demands of teaching.”
Many of us remember when we were children and played school with our siblings and friends. We imitated our teachers and early classroom experiences hopeful that one day we could be the teacher standing in front of the class. Others don’t know until much later that their personality, interests and passions line up well with the profession of teaching. Regardless of the starting point, let’s look at what makes a person destined to become a teacher? When we talk about “goodness of fit” what qualities do we possess that match the demands of teaching?
At my kindergarten parent teacher conference, my teacher told my mother that I have been a good “teacher” to my twin brother who needed extra support at a young age Continue reading
As a teacher, one of my biggest pet peeves is when my staff would text on their cell phones while the students were present. I was perpetually the “bad guy” asking them to please not text while the students were present. The time the students are with us remains, and will always be, the students’ time and never our personal time. Many of our students come to us with so much need, requiring all of our attention and focus; maintaining a safe classroom, facilitating play, working on their IEP goals and objectives and teaching them. There is simply no time for texting during the school day. There are some schools that have a no-cell phone policy for staff such as Head Start classrooms. The staff’s cell phone must be put away during the school day and if they are seen using the cell phone, disciplinary action may be taken. Besides not texting here are some guidelines pertaining to cell phone use by teachers and staff in schools: Continue reading
I landed my first ever lead teacher job at a job fair in Portland, Oregon. I traveled a few hours, got a hotel room and was at the convention center bright and early on the first day of the job fair. Attending this job fair was a great choice for me because the world was my oyster and I was able to get a job before I even left the event. Here are a few tips I can offer for job searching at a job fair.
- Plan Ahead: Register ahead of time and get your resume uploaded if the website allows this. Registering ahead of time will allow you to maximize your time and not waste it waiting in line to pay and get admission into the event. A recruiter might reach out to you to set up an interview during the job fair if they are able to access your resume ahead of time.The fair website will tell you (most) of all the school districts participating in the job fair. Plan which districts you want to connect with before you go. Most likely you will be standing in line to drop off your resume at each district’s designated area (usually a few tables) and have a minute or two to talk to a representative for the district. Planning ahead will ensure you spend your time wisely at the job fair.
Communicating with your supervising teacher…
When you start your practicum at the University, it is your first glimpse into the classroom. You may feel a combination of excitement and nerves as you start your journey in education. This classroom experience can teach you if education is something you want to pursue or if another career might be best for you. The practicum is also your first opportunity to forage your budding professional communications and working relationships with your supervising teacher. You will have the chance to learn, practice and hone your skills in proper, positive and professional communication. Here are a few tips as your start this unique relationship with your supervising teacher:
- Ensure the supervising teacher has had time to sign your practicum contract (ED 209 only) which specifics the days and times you will be in her classroom. Ideally the time must work best for her and give her the maximum help and support from you.