As soon as you have gotten your Letter of Acceptance, you are ready to begin applying to schools for a full time teaching job.
The most asked question we get is “Do schools only hire teachers in the summer, before the new school year starts?” The answer is no. Schools hire teachers year-round. Just like any other job, teachers retire, take leave, change jobs, or any number of reasons that require a school to fill that vacancy.
The following information will help you to get that teaching job you’ve always wanted.
Being the best candidate for the job may require some additional consideration.
When applying for jobs with schools, never underestimate the importance of taking the time to include a personalized cover letter with your resume. Don’t give the person screening resumes a second to entertain the thought: “But how can this person help us?”
Indiana Teachers of Tomorrow offers a free resume review service. Once you have done your best to complete your resume, you can email it directly to our experts and they will provide you with custom feedback.
Through our years of working with district HR administrators and principals, we have collected a wealth of advice and expertise on how to make your resume effectively communicate the type of educator you will be. To access this library, click here.
Your portfolio is an extension of your resume and cover letter. This is where you will present all of your official documents, a collection of sample work, and any other material often requested by school corporations.
Items to Include:
Your Philosophy of Education is a brief essay expressing why you want to be a teacher and how you plan to help students learn and grow. It should be no more than 1-2 pages, easy to read, and free of spelling or grammatical errors. Other related materials could include sample lesson plans and representations of any time you have spent working with children, especially if it is relevant to your subject area. For example, a Theater Arts candidate could put in pictures and documentation from working on children’s theater. A math candidate could include photos and a timeline of tutoring they may have done in the past. Be sure to keep your items neat and well organized to put your best foot forward.
Teacher interviews are not like regular interviews. A principal may give you classroom scenarios and have you respond with discipline management strategies or you could even be asked to create a sample lesson plan.
So, Indiana Teachers of Tomorrow has put together a resource library to help you prepare for your interview. Here you will find common questions asked in a teacher interview, do’s, don’ts and helpful tips on making a great impression, and much more. We’ve asked top Human Resources administrators and principals to help us, help you with your teacher interview.
To access this library, click here.