(Closed) calling all teachers: resume and application help!

posted 8 years ago in Career
Post # 3
52 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I am also a first year teacher! Luckly I dont have to worry about tring to relocate after only a year. Good luck.

Post # 5
329 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I am a first year teacher as well! Congrats on getting a job…many people that I graduated with were not as fortunate. I would love to stay with my current district, but my fiance’s father is really sick and depending on what happens, we may need to move back (which means I have to find a new job :(). I have been putting the whole application process off as I don’t want to leave! So glad you posted this, it got me thinking of starting the process myself. My answers reflect what I would do…Hope that helps! πŸ™‚ Best of luck!

2. I would include as much teacher information as possible and not focus as much on your former employers.

3. No

4. Focus on teaching experiences. I added my practicum experiences as well so that they would know which schools, teachers, admins, etc. that I am familiar with.

5. I would include your coaching experience as it shows that you are willing to be heavily involved in the district. They may not be looking for a coach, but it looks good, IMO.

6. I would list it all. Why not? 

7. I would list college honors and activities, for sure. 

9. I would not, unless you feel that it would be beneficial. Most apps that I have filled out ask you when they can contact your current employer.

10. I would ask him! Invite your superintendent in to observe you so he/she feels more comfortable highlighting your strong points. I would also ask for reference letters from your principal, mentor teacher, grade level teachers, etc. 

Post # 6
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011


1. I would list any certifications you have. For those you expect you might want to state something like: Initial Certification, New York State pending 2011…

If your exams are accepted in the new school district then list them on your resume…if not, on the application should do just fine (you may still be required to take their teacher licensing exams).

2. Since this is your first teaching position, I would include an “Additional Experience” section and note any relevant skills especially if the jobs were more than just student lunch card monitor, or something.

3. This does not need to be stated on the resume, but they almost always ask this on your application. A simple “Relocating” statement will suffice.

4. I would certainly list any teams you’ve coached, volunteer work, clubs you’ve worked with, and planning committees you’ve been a part of as long as they are relevant to teaching.

I always list my CPR training, Cohort classes, anything that will set you apart. Especially if the position you are looking for is in Elementary School, because there is a lot of competition.

But to be honest, though resumes are certainly used, your interview will be the biggest determinant. Also, know your stance on management and engaging students…I have interviewed with 5 schools and in not one interview did they ask for my portfolio or a written statement of my educational philosophy, but they all focused on those two areas.

I’ve never heard of needing a superintendent reference, usually they require one from your principal. Your yearly evaluations should be a good statement of your qualifications.

I hope something here helps. Good luck!

Post # 9
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

All of my knowledge is based in California, but we have the “CSTP” California Standards for the Teaching Profession.  They are really general categories of items you might want to mention in your philosophy.  Typical areas to choose from would be student engagement, grouping, standards, special education, teaching English learners, specific teaching methods (i.e. critical literacy, grouping strategies, differentiated instruction), or general attitudes. It could even be psychology, access to education…

I would think out of your whole application they will be looking at experience, certifications, and then the philosophy section. That’s the only one the really sets you apart so I think it’s really important to put some thought into it.  

My answer is probably way too technical, but a lot of those buzzwords are very important to hiring committees.  I would focus on two or three things you feel strongly about and then expand on your answers.

For science you might want to talk about how to get kids excited about science and why it’s important.  Using additional aids/video/labs to make learning real-world (“performance task” is another good buzz word).  

Feel free to PM me if you want more advice or want me to look anything over for you!

Post # 10
2538 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

As far as interview tips I would suggest researching the district a bit ahead of time and ask questions like about the student population etc.  For example if you will be teaching really low students, you don’t want to be talking about your love of AP Bio.  Just be super confident and show a willingness to be flexible.  

In my interview for my current position they gave me a list of the 10 things they had decided were focus points for the school and I had to pick the one that I thought was most important.  I chose student engagement and explained how if you didn’t have engagement, none of the other things mattered…

Post # 11
371 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@loveispatient54: I agree with Mrs. Green Grass about interviewing…think about ways you see yourself structuring your science classroom. They will most likely want to get an idea of your teaching style i.e. What was your most successful lesson? Why was it successful? How are you going to keep the students engaged? What will you do if they aren’t getting it? Things along those lines. My previous principal interviewed me and four other teachers for positions in my second year of teaching with a each of us she asked, “What’s your management style?” She was always looking for student engagement because it’s true, it doesn’t matter how great your lesson looks on paper, if the students are listening it doesn’t matter at all.

Post # 12
3788 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

1. Yes

2. If it is related to working with children, include it. If you held a steady job while balancing being a student and don’t have much work experience otherwise, mention it because it speaks to your time management skills and responsibility. If you had a summer job as a waitress, skip it.

3. No, but have an answer ready for the interview if they bring it up. Don’t volunteer it.

4. If they ask what you teach, it’s not “science” or “elementary school” — it’s children. Also, do a little research on each district before the interview so that you can read up on their curriculum styles or any programs they may be using in case they ask something like “How will you implement learning focused schools?” or whatever. My favorite interview question ever is “would you rather students listen because they fear your or because you’re friendly with them” — it’s a good one for classroom management philosophy. My answer is neither; I want to be respected. πŸ˜‰

5. Include it. And I wouldn’t say in an interview that you don’t want to coach because that could make or break you, and honestly, wouldn’t you rather suck it up and coach for another year to get the job (and pass off coaching down the line) rather than be passed up for the job altogether. A lot of schools look for teachers who will do extracurriculars.

6. Yes. Those are all things a school could find useful.

7. Depends on the accomplishment. I was voted  Outstanding Student of the Year by my department faculty; I would include that. If you donated the most cans of food for the Thanksgiving Beta fundraiser, skip it. πŸ˜› But seriously, academic achievement = college accomplishments…

8. Google suggestions. That’s something you really have to do on your own so you can discuss it. It’s so personal; what I believe and would do in my classroom might not work for you.

10. Yes, otherwise it looks like you are hiding something. And I would probably schedule a meeting to discuss it with him so he’s not surprised by a phone call from another school district one day. And you might even be able to discuss your strengths/weaknesses with him so you have an idea what he’ll say and it might be stuff you can use in your interview since those are popular questions.

Disclaimer, I am not a hired teacher. I have a Master’s in Education and successfully interviewed for a PhD program, though. So your mileage may vary. πŸ™‚

Good luck!

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