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How Good Teachers Get Good Jobs

How Good Teachers Get Good Jobs

Former educator Gerald Haigh has released a book titled Good Ideas For Good Teachers Who Want Good Jobs, a comprehensive guide to how teachers can land the job of their dreams.

Says Forbes contributor Nick Morrison, it's "[i]llustrated with case studies and vignettes" and "provides a useful resource for every stage of the process, from working out the right time to move to excelling at interview."

Morrison highlights several main points from the book he feels highlight the best advice for good teachers looking for a good job.

For instance, a good teacher understands the double-edged sword that is the Internet and has a good handle on his or her public persona.

"Good teachers pay attention to their public profile. Good teachers accept restrictions on their private life, they are aware of how they might come across in photographs that could be made public and, if they have extreme religious or political opinions, they do not express them online," Morrison said.

Good teachers also know when to move on and when to stay put. Morrison puts it as this: a good teacher stays put for "positive, not fearful" reasons. And a good teacher that is leaving, he says, does so out of ambition and realism with the capability of talking about job plans without broadcasting them.

When a teacher is ready to make the move, he or she will "know how the job market works." He or she will understand the importance of investing time into a good application, ensuring "they are courteous in dealing with school leaders and understand the importance of references."

When it comes to the interview process and the demonstration lesson, a good teacher knows exactly what to do.

"Good teachers have the attitude that they are the teacher and they are going to teach. They give clear instructions, they praise those who quickly grasp what they are being asked to do, and they are alert for signs of disengagement," Morrison said.

And when the process is all said and done, a good teacher is able to carefully and thoroughly think about what's best for him or her.

"Good teachers withdraw if the job is not for them. They ask to visit the school again if they are offered the job, and ask for feedback if they are not. They know that even if they didn’t get the job, making a good impression on the principal could still pay dividends in the future."

Read the full article here and comment with your thoughts below.

Article by Nicole Gorman, Education World Contributor

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