How to Get a Teaching Position

How to Get a Teaching Position

For those of you who don’t follow me on social media, I finally accepted a teaching position here in Indy! While this means that I will have to stay in one place for the most part, I am excited to take weekend trips and travel over school breaks. I do have some fun trips planned for the rest of this year that I am excited about. Today though I’m sharing some insight on the teaching interview process and some things I have learned.

Sometimes it’s about who you know

Or what is on your resume. One position I got an interview for was because the assistant principal and myself worked in the same school district in college. I noticed thought that people who knew someone or did something in the district before were more likely to get called in for an interview.

Prepare for questions

For most schools you will get the same questions, which was kinda disappointing to me. The questions that our education classes prepared us for the whole time, which is good, but we know the right answers or what we should say. I don’t think those questions really showed who I was as a teacher. So luckily in your education classes you will be prepared for these questions, but still practice them before your interview. Some questions to expect are:

  • Why do you want to be a teacher?
  • What grade do you want to teach?
  • How will you address the needs of all students in your classroom?
  • How do you feel about working in a group?
  • What behavior management have you used or will use in the classroom?

There are of course more questions they can and will ask, just be yourself and answer honestly! You want to make sure you will fit with that school.

Have questions to ask

I know this is hard because you feel like you have no idea what to ask, but you are also trying to see if the school is a good fit for you! Here are some questions I found that gave me answers to the culture at the school:

  • Are there teaching teams?/Do they collaborate?
  • What opportunities for professional development do you have?
  • Why do teachers want to work at your school and why do they want to stay?
  • What technology do you have in the school?
  • What is the parent involvement like in the school?

Make sure to ask questions that you think are important to you and what you want to have in your school.

You may have to teach a lesson

In one interview I taught a kindergarten class and in another I taught three adults as they acted like they were a kindergarten class. If you are like me, then I definitely liked teaching the actual children better! But don’t worry the lesson was only 15 minutes, so it is over before you know it. Make sure in your lesson you are able to differentiate for students with different abilities.

Don’t be afraid to say no

My first week back from Europe I had two interviews. One at a school I really liked and another at a school I didn’t really know anything about. Well after both interviews on Thursday, on Tuesday I get a call from the school I didn’t know offering me a position. I had talked to this school one time. When I got this offer I kind of freaked out. I didn’t really know anything about them and I still really liked the other school. Well I ended up turning down the offer because I just didn’t feel right about it. So don’t be afraid to say no to an offer.

It may take a while to find the right school

I didn’t do my student teaching in Indianapolis, so really I don’t know much about the school districts around. I applied everywhere and had some interviews. As I mentioned above I turned down one offer and after that I started to get nervous. The school I really liked hasn’t emailed me back and I am not getting many other interviews. Well fast forward a month, still didn’t hear back from the school I loved and had an interview with a school I liked but still wasn’t sure. I finally kind of gave it up to God/the universe to decide what was going to happen and that same day I got an email from the school I love offering me a position! No matter what, what is meant to happen will happen! Stay positive!

 

I’m so excited to share my teaching adventures with you and I’m sure funny stories also!

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How I’m Able to Travel

How I'm Able to Travel

Everyday we see the blogs and Instagram accounts of people who give up everything and travel the world. They make money blogging and are able to see the world because of it. While I do have a blog, that’s not how I travel. There is really one big reason why I am able to travel and another factor that helps a lot in being able to afford it. So if you are wanting to travel more, I’m sharing how I travel and more ideas on how you can see the world!

Au Pairing

This is basically the number one reason why I am able to travel as much as I do currently. I live in Europe so it’s much easier to travel to another country over the weekend. While the daily life of an au pair is not glamorous or necessarily fun, you get to live in another country for free. If you want to know more about au pairing I have a whole tab dedicated to this topic. You can read more HERE!

Teaching English Online

This is a major factor that enables me to travel. While I do live for free, at 25 I do have bills and au pairing doesn’t pay that much per month. So I decided that if I wanted to travel I needed to do something more to make that happen. Teaching online has been awesome and I love the company. It’s pretty flexible and the hours work for my schedule. If you want to know more I also have a tab dedicated to this, you can read more HERE! Use my referral code: KCFDOT

Other Ideas

The two things listed above are basically the two major reasons why I am able to travel. But I do realize that a majority of people can’t do them for numerous reasons. So below I’ve listed more ideas on how you can travel based on things I’ve seen or heard of people doing based on their life.

College Students

In college I know that it is hard to travel because of time and also money. I think one of the best ways to travel and probably the easiest is to study abroad. You take classes that can count toward your major and also live in another country! I didn’t study abroad but I did go to Europe twice while in college. Both times I saved up money to go. The first time I went with EF Ultimate Break and was able to pay for the trip with monthly payments. The second time I went to Ireland for a week and the ticket was pretty cheap! Search for deals and start saving!

Families

Having a family might make it hard to travel. Not only do you have more schedules to work around, but it also costs more because you have more people. I don’t think this should stop you though! If you and your partner value traveling and want your children to experience the world then you should! I think paying off all debts or most is important so that you can focus on saving money to travel. Sell things you don’t need, downsize, and maybe pick up a second income.

Living paycheck to paycheck

I think this is pretty common for a lot of people. With student loans and maybe even just things that have happened in life, you can’t seem to save to travel. Like I said above, try to get your debt down first. Sell things you don’t need, downsize, get a second job. Take small trips or weekend trips for a while during this time. Once you are able to save enough, then you can start traveling more!

If you are anything like me, travel is a big part of my life and I want to keep it that way.

What do you do to be able to travel?

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How I Teach English Online From My Room

How I Teach English Online From My Room

Even though I am an au pair and have a job, the boys are at school and daycare for the whole day. This leaves me with a whole day free to do as I please. At first this was great, but after a while it gets a little boring. I needed something to do and I also missed teaching.

I saw multiple people talking about how they were teaching English online from their homes! How awesome is that?! At first I thought it was too good to be true and probably just a scam, but I tried it out anyways. And I’m excited to share with you!

How I Teach English Online

I actually teach English online two different ways. One is more informal with an app call Palfish. You can set your own hours and even what you want to teach. I do social conversations and just let students talk to me about whatever they would like instead of “teaching” them. I think it is a really low-risk way for non-native speakers to practice their English.

The second way, and the one I mostly use, is with a company called QKids previously Funbulous. Their Chinese name is “Jiuqu English.” Since China is 12 hours ahead of the U.S. the teaching times are in the morning or at night. The classes are only 30 minutes long and the lessons are provided for you! I honestly think this is the best and easiest job I have done before.

Qualifications

  • A degree or currently in school
  • Proficient in English
  • Outgoing personality

The Hours (EST) and Pay

Sunday through Thursday: 5:40am, 6:20am, 7am, and 7:40am

Friday and Saturday: Morning classes listed above along with: 7:40pm, 8:20pm, 9pm, 9:40pm, and 10:20pm

*These times may be different depending on time zone and dependent on daylight savings time

The classes are $8 per class and then $4 for standby if you didn’t have to teach. Each week you get a performance and an attendance bonus just for working and being on time!

Intersted? Apply!

I know, still seems too good to be true! But it’s not! If you want to know more or are interested in applying let me know! I am happy to answer any questions or give a referral. Also don’t hesitate to let them know I sent you their way 🙂

Click HERE to apply! Use my referral code: KCFDOT

 

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