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Teacher job interview soft skill: Culture Add.

"Culture" sounds a bit naff when you talk about it - and I'm not talking about Boy George and Culture Club (yes, I am that old)!

But it is really important in schools these days.

I really believe that it is the responsibility of all staff in a school to build a GREAT school culture.

Leadership can be top down, or bottom up.

Culture is created top down AND bottom up.


As Gandhi said, as a teacher you need to "be the change you wish to see in the world".

Teachers who think that school culture can't or won't change, are not trying hard enough. They do not have the growth mindset that we teach our students to have.

Building great culture is about supporting each other.

The whole team.

When you are asked in your job interview with the school that you are hoping to work at "how will you add to the culture of our school?" you had better have an answer ready!

And this means that you have already needed to think deeply about what school culture means to you, and how you...

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Teacher job interview soft skill: Collaboration.

Another question that teachers are often asked in interviews is "Tell me about a time that you collaborated with others?"

In their latest report, LinkedIn (2020) identifies "50% of great collaborators also tend to be top performers. When a role requires teamwork, strong collaboration skills make a big difference".

During this pandemic, teachers all over the world have proved themselves to be AMAZING collaborators.

We have come together to share resources, support each other, figure out how Zoom works (lol I am still trying!!) and give the best to our students.

Every. Single. Teacher. now has a story about collaboration they can share in their next job interview.

Five questions you might be asked include:

  1. Give an example of when you had to work with someone who was difficult to get along with. How did you handle interactions with that person?

  2. Tell me about a time when you were communicating with someone and they did not understand you. What did you do?

  3. Tell me about one of your...

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NETWORKING… is not a dirty word for teachers.

One thing I notice is that a lot of teachers don’t know how to network or sell themselves. If you really want to land your dream job at your dream school then you have to DO THE WORK. And I’m not talking about being an amazing teacher (even though I know that you are!). Unfortunately, no-one cares that you’re an amazing teacher because they’ve never heard of you, they don’t know who you are, or what you are like as a person. That’s why schools are not breaking their neck to hire you.

A lot of teachers get hired from recommendations. If you have a friend who you’ve worked with before and know is awesome, of course you are going to recommend them when a job is on the horizon at your school. But what if you don’t have a friend working at your dream school?

If you are relying on recruitment agencies or applications to job ads to get your dream job then you are really limiting your chances.

Use LinkedIn to start building your network...

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Teachers! Are you still feeling anxious?

Wow. What a ride the last month or so has been!

Teachers all over the world transitioning to online teaching. The mad scramble for resources. Feelings of anxiety. Wondering, am I doing enough?

Let's just put that question to bed right now.

You. Are. Doing. Enough.

In other words, if you are anything like the teachers I know and have been talking to on Facebook groups from all over the world, you have been doing your best. Continuing to deliver over and above your regular (and already huge!) workload, to ensure your students have enough content to move on with the work you were doing in the classroom, prior to transitioning to online teaching. Learning new skills, new platforms, and how to engage students who have seemingly checked out online.

Teachers everywhere are having to adapt to their new home office setup... whether that's in the solitude (and luxury) of a separate office with a door that closes; or perhaps it's in the middle of the dining room, surrounded by kids and pets!


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