This course compiles resources for those who are in the process of looking for a teaching position. Once a position is gained, the course offers an overview of what to expect and how to make the most of it. The goal is to provide resources for pre-service and 1st year teachers so they can be successful at every step of the way. This course is for new or first year teachers who are preparing for interviews, demonstration lessons and getting ready for their 1st year of teaching. Participants will identify specific strategies and resources for interview preparation. A 14 minute lecture offers learners specific tasks that will help prepare them for a teacher interview. The lecture specifies specific aspects of the interview that candidates can control. Students will take each strategy and prepare for their specific interview. They will practice responding to interview questions, preparing interview questions and developing a solid philosophy statement. A 17 minute lecture will help candidates work through the planning of their demonstration lesson. Learn how to start and end the lesson, the elements that should be included, and how to identify a topic. Learn about the 5 phases that new teachers go through in their first year of teaching including: anticipation, survival, disillusionment, rejuvenation, and reflection. Participants will learn that each phase offers an opportunity even if it is a low point. The final 10 minute lecture offers strategies as well as some specific tools for managing time and staying productive. Practice developing routines for both work and home situations. Learn about the routines that will give the greatest results. Identify the strategies that will allow you to manage your personal time and your work time the best. All of these resources can be used throughout the first year of teaching in order to work through some of the most difficult moments. The first year will be stressful but it can be productive and meaningful if the right resources are able to be accessed.
This lecture is about approaching the interview process in a thoughtful way so you can get a teaching job that fits with your teaching philosophy. Practical action steps are included.
Identify the necessary lesson elements that are needed in order to demonstrate your abilities to run a classroom with the strict time constraints required.
Quiz yourself on the necessary and less necessary elements of a demo lesson.
Learn about this exciting time that occurs prior to getting into your first teaching situation.
Learn about how to maintain your well-being and continue to be productive during this overwhelming time of your first year of teaching.
This time of questioning during the first year of teaching can be leveraged so that you can make the most of even the darkest moments.
This exciting time is a time when new teachers feel a resurgence of energy. Find out how to make the most of this time.
The end of the year brings with it a time of reflection. This lecture identifies how to make the most of this time.
Learn about three time management strategies that can always be used when things get overwhelming.
I became a teacher because my own education wasn't a very engaging one. There were many times when I could envision a better way of learning during my own time in school. I became committed to making those visions a reality for students. I am continually working to make this a reality for all students through my own teaching and my work with new and veteran teachers alike. I am currently a certified special educator in an inclusive rural high school. I have been teaching for 18 years. I started teaching in private school environments for students with both learning disabilities and students with behavioral issues. I have been teaching in the public school system for the last 12 years. I have taught graduate and undergraduate level courses in a variety of topics including co-teaching, differentiated instruction, teaching methods and exceptional populations. I consider my expertise to be in the areas of curriculum, instruction and classroom management. In addition to my teaching experience, I am a trained new teacher mentor. I received my B.A. in sociology from the University of California at Santa Cruz, my M.Ed. from Saint Michael's College in Vermont and most recently, my Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (C.A.G.S.) from Southern New Hampshire University.