Do I put 1 year or 0 years teaching experience

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  1. Rbart

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    I am finishing up a LTS position in April, I am starting to apply for jobs for next year. Most of the jobs I apply for are on Applitrak. I am not sure what to put as far as experience. There is a drop down menu which has 0 years, student teaching, 1 year and so on. I have been looking for a job almost 4years now. I have 3 years of daily subbing and 1 LTS for 6 months. I know daily subbing does not count as experience but I feel that I don't want to continue to put student teaching as I now have more experience. I feel no one looks at my applications (5 interviews total) because of my lack of experience. Would it be wrong for me to check 1 year experience? I am not sure what to do. I wish I knew how they chose applicants using that system! I feel there is no way to make me stand out. Any suggestions or what would you do?
     
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  3. elateacher4life

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    I would count the LTS position as experience since you had to do lesson plans and assume the duties of a regular teacher for a long period of time.
     
  4. mathmagic

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    Can you get in touch with that district's HR person? Or possibly check with a few different districts to get an idea of whether districts would consider that experience or not?
     
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    Count the LTS :thumb:
     
  6. teach42

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    Count the LTS and round it up if there isn't anything inbetween. I've never really cared about those online applications much. I usually fill out the minimum required fields. What has always mattered is that I upload my resume. They can get all those info just by looking at my resume anyway. I've never had problems getting interviews either.
     
  7. RobertTexasMath

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    I think that drop down box is referring to experience as a full-time teacher. As far as pay purposes go you will be considered as having 0 years experience. If the application doesn't specify that, then I would put 1. I doubt that it will be an issue. You can always explain why you put down 1.
     
  8. Rbart

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    Thanks everyone!
     
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    Since it is over half a year of LTS, I would put a year . Good luck!
     
  10. JustMe

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    I think one year is misleading (as pointed out already, you will have zero years experience in terms of your salary and other things), but I also understand your frustrations and do recognize the value of your experiences. If they read your entire application they'll see you haven't had a regular teaching position, though, so maybe it wouldn't be too misleading... :)
     
  11. Rbart

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    I understand the salary aspect I would not expect to be paid for more experience then I have.(this isn't about salary) I don't think these applications are a one size fits all, that is why it is confusing filling them out. It is safe to say I hate doing them as well! I hate writing essays ext. If there was a place to put 6months experience that would make sense, if they look further resume, cover letter, experience ext. they will see I have 6 months teaching experience.

    During my time as a LTS I created all my own lessons (art) k-5 for one school and k,1,3 for another. I had a mentor, received my provisional certificate from the state, attended PD workshops, I did all my grades, was observed formally 2x's and informally 2x's, created an art club and mentored students, participated and held art workshops after-school and participated in the district art show. LOL I wish 6 months was an option. I am also wishing and praying this experience will open some doors! :)
     
  12. monsieurteacher

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    Put a year. I always count my LTS jobs in my years experience... I did 7 months of Resource, 4 months of grade three, 6 months of French, 4 months of grade 4, and 6 more months of Resource. I also haven't ever been not teaching really since I first started my first LTS, so I count it all. (It gets messier when you consider that not all of my jobs have been full time too!)
     
  13. RobertTexasMath

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    This really isn't an issue. Putting "1" down is fine. If a principal doesn't think you should have counted your LTS and discards you for that then you really wouldn't want to work for him/her anyway.

    As long as your resume accurately demonstrates your experience it is fine. I doubt many principal will even look at it. They will likely go to your resume first.
     

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