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SOM Turns Tutorials on Their Ear

SOMWant to dip your toe into the "flipped classroom" water without a big investment or learning curve? A free online tool that records actions on one's computer is winning fans among educators. Screencast-O-Matic, which allows users to create narrated videos of the actions that appear on their computer screens, is being hailed by some as the next level of digital learning.

Because Screencast-O-Matic allows the user to record up to 15 minutes of every action performed on his/her computer, complete with audio narration and visual effects, absent students can receive personalized versions of missed lessons. The recordings can be saved in mp4 format and shared in any number of ways, including email.

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Tips for Teachers: Possible Interview...

I was a school and college administrator since 1977 and have interviewed hundreds of candidates. When a teacher shows up for an interview we expect to see several things:
Be on time, dress appropriately, be prepared-know the position you are applying for as well as the school, be enthusiastic, show a good personality, have the relevant skills, make sure you have the proper qualifications and certifications, be confident, and sell yourself-why are you the best person for the job.

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Tips for Teachers: The Cover Letter

If you are interested in changing jobs, you have to update your CV and I recommend that you create a cover letter that you would submit with your CV. The CV is normally a one to two page introduction of you that should include your basic information: career goals (what job you are applying for), brief bio, your educational experiences , your education and certifications, any special skills and activities, as well as awards and honors.

The cover letter should introduce you to the...

Tips for Teachers: Disappointment

All of us have experienced the disappointment of rejection from our dream job. Even though we thought we were perfect for the position. Our CV was on point as was our cover letter and we nailed the interview. What went wrong? Do not take the rejection personally. Often the circumstances surrounding you not getting the job has nothing to do with you.

I have been in school leadership for 45 years and involved in the interview process from the school house to higher education....

Tips For Teachers: Reference check

Although the CV, cover letter, and the interview are very helpful in the hiring process, an overlooked but very important aspect of the process is the reference. Often you will list your references and their contact information on your CV. This is not necessary. Most candidates will put “references available upon request”. Or just leave blank as we know to contact references when we are ready. We want to get an unbiased opinion of your work.

Even when you list your references or...

Tips for Writing Your CV

I have reviewed many very well written CVs and several suggestions that I have for educational job seekers is:

In your career objective include the position you are seeking. Just because you have been a homeroom teacher does not necessarily mean that you are looking for that position. Be specific. Also do you want to work in the national, British, American, etc. section. Again, be specific. I am a consultant at a school where we have three different departments. We don’t know...

Teaching Mindfulness in the Early...

Just like teaching gratitude, mindfulness is an intervention with a wide range of cognitive, psychological, and physical benefits. On a personal level, you will want to practice mindful strategies on your own to truly incorporate them into your classroom practice. Mindfulness is defined as:

  1. The quality or state of being mindful.
  2. The practice of...

National Pretzel Day is April 26th-...

April 26th is National Pretzel Day!

Did You Know?

1. In 2015, archaeologists found what is said to be the oldest pretzel. Found in Regensburg, Germany, the remains of two pretzels about 250 years old were found, beneath the floor in what had been a bakery.

2. In 2015, a pretzel weighing 1728 lb(...

Practicing Gratitude Personally and as...

Gratitude has been shown to improve mental health and boost relationships, and it is said to be a game changer in a person's life (Mindful Communication and Such, 2024). Galindo stated, "Research has found that more grateful people have more brain activity in the medial prefrontal cortex, the area associated with learning and decision-making. In the research, this brain activity persisted a month later, suggesting that gratitude has long-lasting effects" (2024).

Gratitude is defined...

In the News: Iceland Volcano Erupts

What do YOU know about the country of Iceland?

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