This morning I read a blog post written by a principal in BC What Do Principals Look For When They Hire? If you are about to begin looking for a teaching position I highly suggest you take a look at this!
I have received a lot of mixed messages about the job search process from the career center, school divisions, teachers, and colleges. It is easy to feel overwhelmed at times, but I think this post makes a lot of great points.
- Its about passion for teaching and students, not listing your former accomplishments
- Prepare by looking up information about the school or school division
- Be confident
- Show a willingness to try new things and excitement to learn
- Know what’s going on in the world of education
I think the author makes a great point when he says, “We are looking for great instructors first, great colleagues second, and great supporters of school culture third. This hasn’t always been the case.” I find it frustrating when I come across teachers who are more passionate about volleyball then they are about educating students. Don’t get me wrong, extra curricular plays an important role in student development, and is a beneficial part of education, but it is only one part.
I believe great teachers are passionate about their students, and if you can demonstrate that through the hiring process, you are on the right track.
What do you think?