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Applying for your first job in teaching By Andrew JangUBC Okanagan
Teaching in BC 60 public school districts in a diverse province – culturally & geographically One French school district – Le Conseil scolaire francophone de la Colombie Britannique (CSF – SD 93)
25,460 openings in the next 10 yearsBC Labour Market Outlook 2009-2019http://www.workbc.ca/docs/BCLMOutlook.pdf
OPPORTUNITIES More teaching jobs posted on Makeafuture.ca this year than the last. Educators are aging and retiring Financial allowances may be available to employees in rural communities/districts Seniority accrued from a continuing position is transferrable from district to district
Teachers are in demand:• French Immersion • Math• Core French • Aboriginal Languages• Technology Education • Montessori• Senior Sciences • Counsellors & Psychologists• Special Education • Learning Support• Early Learning
Cover Letters• Tailor it to your audience and personalize it with concrete examples of your teaching• Explain why you’re the best candidate & fit?• Use action verbs (e.g. Collaborated; Coordinated; Planned; Evaluated; Assessed)• Spell Check and Proof Read!
References• References are good from anyone who’s observed and evaluated your teaching• Ask for a good reference• Inform your references ahead of time that they may be contacted• Ask for a reference letter
Apply for Teaching Jobs in BC Schools on Makeafuture.ca
Interviews gather informationused to compare a candidate’seducation, skills andqualifications with pre-determined selection criteria.
Selection Criteria• Subject Matter Knowledge• Planning Skills• Instructional Skills• Assessment Strategies• Classroom Management Skills• Professional Responsibility - development as a Professional Educator
Behavioral Interview Questions• Describe a unit you recently completed with your students and explain the process you used in its planning.• Describe the strategies you have used to assess and evaluate your students’ academic progress.• Describe specific management strategies you have used in your classroom.
Interviewing Tips• Preparation is key• Reflect on your best lesson, accomplishments, what you are proud of in your work• Showcase your best work in a portfolio/binder• Answer using the STAR technique• Practice, practice, practice
STAR TECHNIQUE• Situation• Task• Action• Result
“It’s about tapping into yourexperiences, challenges andreflections on your studentteaching, and bringing it to lifein an interview.” -Janet Stewart Director, Make a Future