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Typical interview questions for teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 10 January 2022, 12:25 SAST
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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.

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Dimensions of wellness for teachers

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 23 August 2021, 09:55 SAST
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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.

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Managing workload anxiety

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 20 August 2021, 15:25 SAST
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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.

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Top 7 strategies to manage anxiety as an educator

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 16 August 2021, 10:05 SAST
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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.

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5 tips on surviving the pandemic as a teacher

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 27 July 2021, 14:30 SAST
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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.

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Understanding and reducing teacher stress

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 23 July 2021, 12:00 SAST
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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. 

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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.

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12 New-Teacher strategies

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 22 July 2021, 12:25 SAST
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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.

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Building resilience as a new teacher

Posted by Hlengiwe Zwane on 22 July 2021, 11:20 SAST
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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.

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