As I reflect over the past year, I am reminded of The Evolution of a Teacher, which was presented during a workshop while attending WLU Faculty of Education. Now, as I stand at the finish line and anticipate the next phase –finding a teaching job – I, much like my fellow new teacher candidates, are anxious to jump in and get started! We have achieved our Bachelor of Education degrees and are eagerly awaiting our certifications…eyes peeled for the next job opening or supply list announcement. We have said our goodbyes to the students we grew to care for deeply and teach to the best of our abilities –and now we wait with anticipation.
While many new teachers have fallen back into the disillusionment phase, I endeavor to stay motivated and continue the learning journey in an effort to better prepare for my future practice. I truly believe that,
“Life is all about timing... the unreachable becomes reachable, the unavailable become available, the unattainable... attainable. Have the patience, wait it out. It's all about timing.” –Stacey Charter
Yesterday, I stumbled across the HiredTeacher, who offers hope for aspiring new teachers, in consideration of the current prospects in the Ontario education system. A few next steps for the new teacher were suggested:
- Stay Focused
Use these upcoming months to earn supporters and gather information on local board hiring processes. Connect with key individuals and lean on the support and wisdom of teachers and administrators.
2. Be Ready
When you land the interview, be PREPARED! Research the school and local community. Ask recent hires to share their experiences –answers to key questions, presentations and portfolios. This is the moment you have been waiting for…show what you know, reflect on what you need to learn, and most importantly, clearly demonstrate your teaching passion!
3. Continue Learning
Certainly, take an AQ course if time and finances allow. Research opportunities for PD in the community or online –check out Solution Tree and Education Week, just to name a few! Connect with educational experts through Facebook and Twitter and share in the excitement of learning collaboratively. READ! Seek out volunteer and classroom opportunities that will further build on your teaching practice.
As I evolve as a teacher, I anticipate exciting things ahead on this learning journey…