With most interviews taking place virtually they can be exciting. These usually indicate new opportunities, a new environment and new challenges that just might change your career path. This is why it is important to prepare your answers well in advance. Below is a list of interview questions for educators likely to come up in your interview:
1. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
It seems like an easy question, but don’t be fooled by this. It is important that you have a substantive answer. Institutions want to know that you are dedicated to enriching the lives of students. Answer this honestly and paint a clear picture as to why is it that you actually become a teacher.
By Angel Montoya and Laura L. Summers
Teaching is a selfless profession. Although many of us find great satisfaction in our work, most educators would probably say they are driven by the desire to help and inspire students. Too often, educators sacrifice their own well-being to support students’ social, emotional, and academic needs. We have experienced this ourselves and seen it among educators we have supported.
There is certainly no shortage of things to get anxious about within the education sector. Organisational change, impending redundancies, lesson plans, piles of marking, exams looming and performance targets are a constant worry. On top of that, there are administrative tasks and flows of emails clogging your inbox, not forgetting the actual job of teaching and student behavioural issues to contend with as well.
This article is based on the work of Dr Jenn Cooper at Glasgow Caledonian University, psychotherapist, Ben Amponsah outlines 7 key strategies to help teachers and education staff to manage anxiety during the coronavirus crisis. Here is quick summary of his 7 strategies for you to reference.
As we ease into the new norm, psychotherapist, Ben Amponsah shares some simple things that we can all do to push back against disconnection and its ensuing loneliness.
Article by Paula Talman
The changes for schools have not just been big; they’ve been continuous. The uncertainty of the situation coupled with the pressure you might feel to provide leadership for your pupils could be why half of education professionals recently reported a decline in their mental health, according to research reports.
Teachers often say that when they’re preparing for wellbeing lessons using the free mental health and wellbeing curriculum that they also learn a lot about their own mental health.
Article by Rachael Thompson
Teaching is one of the most valuable and important jobs out there, but it can also be one of the most stressful jobs. Striking a balance between teaching, lesson planning, marking homework and counseling students can be challenging for many teachers. Stress is inevitable, but it’s essential to learn how to improve teachers’ mental health to help them cope with stressors.
Article by Jannele Cox
When schools are looking to hire a teacher, there are a few basic requirements: a degree, experience working with children, and, of course, patience. Teachers need a variety of professional development skills along with knowledge of their subject matter and experience in order to be an effective teacher.
Likewise, as rapid developments in technology integrate into our day-to-day lives, they affect the way students learn and teachers teach. Modern teachers need to be competent in not only basic skills but new skill sets.
Bleow are fiveteen 21st century professional development skills, “modern skills,” that today’s teachers should possess.
Article by Melissa Kelly
New teachers typically anticipate their first day of school with a mixture of anxiety and excitement. They may have gained experience teaching in a controlled environment under a supervising teacher in a student teaching position. The responsibility of a classroom teacher, however, is different. Check off these 12 first-day strategies, whether you're a new teacher or a veteran teacher, to set yourself up for classroom success from day one.
Article by Anna Mae Tempus
Resilience is necessary for any young teacher setting out into the field for the first time. It is vital that new teachers have the tools, equipment and strategies for the classroom.
When tension rises in a class whether it stems from a conflict between students or miscommunication between the teacher and the class, the stress can be palpable. Try a strategy called “Roses and Thorns” as both a preventative measure and a way to encourage productive conflict resolution and self-advocacy.