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Nurture Your Strengths

As you plan your lessons during student teaching, incorporate instructional activities that call on your strengths, and give you a chance to develop and showcase them.

Think about how you can highlight these strengths in Draft and polish your presentation with these tips, and these.

Cultivate Depth of Knowledge

By this time, you probably have specialized knowledge on a topic you have been studying. Share it! Look for an opportunity to submit an op-ed article to your local paper when there is a news item related to your area of interest. Don’t wait for the news to develop- get a head start with a draft today. Here’s terrific guidance from Duke University.

Every teacher should have a firm understanding of and commitment to the New York State Code of Professional Ethics for Teachers.

Build Your Network

Consider teaching in Hawaii. There is a rich network of Marist alums teaching in Hawaii who are very willing to lend you a hand. Join this Facebook page to see what Marist alums say about the challenges and rewards of teaching in Hawaii. Learn about applying for a position here.

Demonstrate Professionalism

You won't be intimidated by the prospect of your first interview IF you get lots of practice beforehand. Marist's Career Services office offers a great way to practice for interviews: Perfect Interview Online, a computer-based interview coaching service, as well as the anual Mock Interview Day (watch the Events Calendar for dates).

The Career Services website is packed with helpful interview strategies. The Education faculty has also developed a description of the multi-stage interview process that is often used when hiring teachers, and has created a list of interview questions specifically for applicants for teaching positions.

Showcase Your Technology Skills

Get started on your Linked-In profile – here are 10 tips

Apps like Linked-in and Facebook can provide companies with access to your personal data, often without your awareness. Review your permissions to limit what is shared.

Build a template for your future class website, using a free service such as Wix or Weebly.

Monitor Your Progress

The edTPA is a major undertaking that is completed during the Student Teaching experience. Your task will be easier if you have a clear understanding of the "scope and sequence" of the project. Listen to what successful candidates say about recent experiences (Resource #373 - Candidate to Candidate: Reflections on Taking edTPA ) and read the edTPA guide "Making Wise Choices" at the edTPA site ( you must register first).

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