College students finishing their academic preparation programs face the difficult challenge of transitioning into the teaching profession. In a short period of time, they can no longer function as a student themselves and must immediately transform into a professional educator. This can be a difficult challenge for a young person and they need guidance doing this successfully.
The one opportunity college students have in gaining practical experience as a teacher is through the student teaching experience. Unfortunately, many students squander this critical opportunity and finish their assignment without maximizing their own learning and without capitalizing on professional opportunities that they will need to be hired as a teacher.
By building a professional brand name through a thoughtful preservice teaching experience, novice educators are better able to survive the application and interview process and secure a teaching position. Capitilizing on the difficult transition point between the college experience and the school environment is more important than ever. When this is done in a systematic and thoughtful manner, educators can be certain that they are as prepared as possible to enter the demanding profession of education.
Dr. Stephen V. Newton is a distinguished educator and leader with over twenty years of experience in education. His success with improving instruction and achievement for students led to his selection as Wyoming principal of the year. He now partners with districts nationwide to improve instruction for students.
Chapter 1: The Educational Landscape
Chapter 2: You are the Brand Name
Chapter 3: Reinventing Yourself
Chapter 4: Finding Your Voice
Chapter 5: Learn Your Craft (or Find Another)
Chapter 6: The Power of a Reflective Notebook
Chapter 7: Building a Better Portfolio
Chapter 8: The Application Process
Chapter 9: Interview Preparation
Chapter 10: Mastering the Interview
Chapter 11: The Final Analysis
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