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How did you get your 1st job?

Jul 25, 2013 11:16am

I finished my Generalist 4-8 Alternative Teaching Certificate in Texas, and am now looking for my first teaching job. My major problem is that I have no class time, and work for an employer that would let me go if she knew I was taking time off to do observations in preparation for leaving my current job. Any advice on how to land a job with no class time?

  • English Language Arts / Math / Science / Social Studies
  • 3-8
  • New Teachers

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    • Jul 28, 2013 9:18pm

      Did you complete your student teaching to get your credential? If so, that would count as class time. If it wasn't required to get the certificate, I'm sure you're not the first person in the area without class time.

      When I was looking for a job in MA (when I was living in CA), I literally sent out close to 100 resumes/applications because I wanted to move back and was willing to take any job to get my foot in the door. I knew that my chances weren't good because I was out of state, but I wouldn't give up. My current district called me for an interview 10 years ago, and the rest is history. You WILL end up teaching where you are meant to. Just spread your net wide and if an opportunity comes up, jump on it.

      Best,
      Katie
      @KatieNovakUDL

      • Jul 28, 2013 9:35pm

        There was surprisingly no class time required, other that 30 hours of " observation" which did not even require time in the class, but could be just,speaking to teachers about best practices. I'm a little stuck with taking time off for class time. I happen to work for a boos that would let me go if she knew that I was taking time off to get class time and find another job. I'm making more and more connections, and think that will really pay off. Thanks for responding, and I would love to hear from anyone else with suggestions.

        • Aug 1, 2013 9:08am

          Greetings Mike,

          Is there any way to increase your exposure to students in lieu of class time (obviously outside of your employment hours). There may be opportunities with summer camps, remedial courses, after school programs, 4-H, Boy and/or Girl Scouts, child mentoring, etc. The hiring administrator(s) will see you as a nontraditional certificate bearer (good or bad). You need to sell them on your drive and commitment through continuous involvement and focus on student learning/interaction. Give them proof of success/performance so they don't have to speculate.

          Best of luck,
          Mike