Any FL Teaching bees or teaching bees period….need advice

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Have you ever done any student teaching? I know you say you’ve done practicum, but when I was in college going through my teaching program, practicum was more observation than actually teaching. Start looking for job postings around March-April when schools hand out contracts for the next year. Pump up your résumé with as much hands-on experience as possible, and have copies of lesson plans and units you’ve created to share with interviewers. Also, go through schools’ websites an make sure you’re familiar with their programs, whether they’ve been given awards, etc. It shows you’ve done your research.  I’m a third year high school English teacher, and I was 23 when I first started interviewing for positions. I was often told that I was passed over for someone with more experience, which is frustrating. Be prepared to look for substitute teaching options if a long term position doesn’t come up. It will greatly help your resume by showing you have classroom experience.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

It’s a great career, and very rewarding. Something to think about, though: in the states where I’ve lived, social studies positions are the hardest jobs to get. I worked with a lot of social studies-certified teachers who moved to special ed or another discipline because they couldn’t find jobs in SS. Having a temporary certificate and no experience will make it even more difficult. I’ve never worked in FL, but this has been my experience in 2 other states. If I were you, I would take a few more classes to get certified in special ed, ELL or another subject that is in high demand. GL!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

@msbriezyb:  Teaching is the most rewarding career in my opinion. Have you done any substitute teaching? In my district you can apply for a sub license when you have 64 college credits. Long term sub positions give the sub a chance to do the lesson plans, all the paperwork, grading, copying, RTI, trainings, meetings etc that regular classroom teachers get to experience daily. Im on my 7th year of teaching and even though it gets tough and I get challenged daily, I wouldnt have chosen any other career. 

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