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  1. Applying for your first job in teaching UBC Okanagan
  2. BC Education Snapshot  60 public school districts - one French school board  An aging workforce and retirements will lead to more opportunities in the next few years  There were more jobs posted on to date than the whole of last year  Isolation allowances in rural districts are attractive incentives to teach in smaller communities
  3. BC Education Snapshot  Seniority is portable, and can be carried over from a continuing position in one district to a continuing position in another  Hiring peaks in June & August  BC school districts use to recruit all employee groups including educators, senior leaders, business professionals, trades people and other support staff
  4. Demand for Educators 25,460 openings in the next 10 years
  5. Where is the demand?
  6. FI & Core French • Technology Education • Sciences • Special Education • Counsellors • Primary/Elementary • Math • Aboriginal Languages • Arts (Drama, Music, etc) • Montessori • Counsellors & Psychologists Teaching areas in high demand Demand varies from district to district
  7. Preparing an application
  8. Application Documents Resume, Cover Letter & References Practicum and Teaching Evaluation University Teaching Certificate, TQ Reports Transcripts Portfolio S Card
  9. District Website School Job Website Description Teaching Philosophy Job Posting Tailor your application
  10. Writing Resumes
  11. Writing Cover Letters • Tailor the letter to your audience • Personalize it with concrete examples • Explain “why you are the best candidate?” • Use action verbs (e.g. Collaborated; Coordinated; Planned; Evaluated; Assessed) to describe your responsibilities and achievements • Spell Check and Proof Read!
  12. Gathering Good References • Ask for a good reference from anyone who’s observed and evaluated your teaching • Ask for a reference letter if possible • Inform your references ahead of time that they may be contacted
  13. Applying Online on
  14. Discover the latest career opportunities
  15. Search and apply for jobs. Stay up-to-date with email job alerts
  16. Learn about school districts, the communities they serve, and the benefits they have to offer
  17. Compare salary grids between districts
  18. Interviewing for a Job
  19. Interviews gather information used to compare a candidate’s education, skills and qualifications with pre- determined selection criteria.
  20. Sample Selection Criteria 1. Subject Matter Knowledge 2. Planning Skills 3. Instructional Skills 4. Assessment Strategies 5. Classroom Management Skills 6. Professional Responsibility - development as a Professional Educator
  21. Interview Questions • Open-ended questions – Tell me about yourself – Why do you want to work for our district? – What books are you reading right now? • Behavioural-based questions – Can you describe a unit or lesson that you created that allowed for the participation of all learners?
  22. Behavioral Based Questions • Describe a unit you recently completed with your students and explain the process you used in its planning. • Describe strategies you have used to evaluate your students’ academic progress. • Describe specific management strategies you have used in your classroom.
  23. What questions to expect and how to answer them
  24. How do you plan your units? • Tell a story and consider: – What resources did you consult? – Did you ask for help? – Did you look at the composition of your class? What’s key: – You were thoughtful in preparing your units while consulting a variety of resources and considering your student composition
  25. How do you teach in a classroom? • Tell a story and consider: – What strategies have you used for instruction? – How did you present the material? – How did you engage learners? What’s key: – You demonstrated the use of diverse strategies to reach all learners in the classroom
  26. How do you assess and evaluate students? • Tell a story and consider: – What are the different methods you used to evaluate and assess student outcomes? – What did you do with that information? What’s key: – You utilized a variety of assessment strategies – You utilized the results of the assessments to facilitate student learning
  27. How do you manage your class? • Tell a story and consider: • What was the worse scenario that you encountered and how did you deal with it?  What’s key: • You demonstrated and employed a variety tactics when dealing with classroom issues • You are able to create a climate and environment conducive to learning
  28. How are you developing as a professional educator? • Tell a story and consider: • How have you demonstrated professional responsibility inside and outside of the classroom? • Are you a reflective practitioner? What’s key: • You demonstrated a collaborative approach to sharing you knowledge and helping the educational community as a whole
  29. Interviewing Tips • Reflect on your best lessons, accomplishments, what you are proud of in your work • Don’t just talk about it, show off your accomplishments with a portfolio • Use the STAR technique • Practice, practice, practice
  30. “It’s about tapping into your experiences, challenges and reflections on your student teaching, and bringing it to life in an interview.” -Janet Stewart Associate Superintendent, VSB
  31. Job Search Resources • Resumes & Digital • Interviews & Cover Letters Portfolios – – • Job Search – – – • Pro D – – Teacher Mentorship BC –
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  1. Almost teacherIntro to the siteHow to create portfoliosFrench ImmersionSecondary, some Elementary Core French30 students, 4 have withdrawnK-12Any exercises?Key qualities for a successful interviewOptimistic or hopeful22-50Taught in other countriesEducation Building7600 downstairs
  2. The graph shows job openings for teachers and counsellors
  3. Demand in different subject areas
  4. Behavioural interview questions are situational questions based on actual experiences
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