This is a rare gem in the world of interview advice. An article actually written by principals about what they look for in actual applicants.
Also a great find because the author has personally responded to dozens and dozens of individual questions in the comments section over the past two years. Thank you Curt Rees for your commitment to helping Prospective Educators!
» Principals’ tips for teacher interviews –I know this much is true.–.
Powerful article on the power of online portfolio’s with a link to a stunning example.
5 Reasons Your Portfolio Should Be Online | The Principal of Change.
Writing a good philosophy statement is definitely on the top of my list to put together soon. This article is another great resource from Resumes for Teachers. I definitely recommend perusing the whole site when you have time.
Creating a quality teaching philosophy is difficult for many teachers.
This is a great compilation of sample teaching cover letters and resumes prepared by a professional resume service. The resumes are definitely very different than my current one. What is the biggest change you would make to your resume or cover letter based on these examples?
Teacher Resume and Cover Letter Examples.
Sometimes it nice to find an article that confirms that what you are seeing is real. This article, while written about New York state, definitely matches my experience in California, and to a lesser degree, in Oregon. Don’t read the comments unless you feel the need to get angry.
Teaching Candidates Aplenty, but the Jobs Are Few – NYTimes.com.
This is a panel discussion of principals answering prospective teachers’ questions about interviews. It is lengthy, and you can’t usually hear the students asking the questions, but it is great to hear real responses from principals about what they are looking for.
▶ School Principals on Teacher Hiring and Employment – YouTube.
These two articles take very different takes on whether or not they would even advise young people to pursue the profession of teaching. The warning is hard to read, but I appreciate educators sharing their honest feedback. I find it interesting that neither article really discusses the challenging job market for educators today. I think those entering this field need to be prepared for the possibility of living off what you make as a substitute while you look for full-time work. What has been your job hunt experience?
Young People: Don’t Be Afraid to Become a Teacher! | Edutopia.
A Warning to Young People: Don’t Become a Teacher | Randy Turner.