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  1. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    I am posting my resume and cover letter below to get butchered by...ummm, I mean edited by my fine friends at AtoZ. ;) :p

    Certification:
    *Meets Highly Qualified status according to Texas Education Agency/NCLB requirements
    Generalist
    (EC-4) December 2004 – May 2016

    English as a Second Language
    (EC-4) September 2006 – May 2016

    English Language Arts and Reading/Social Studies
    Grades 4-8 April 2007 – May 2016

    English Language Arts and Reading
    Grades 8-12 July 2009-May 2016

    Special Education Supplemental
    EC-12 July 2009-May 2016


    Education:
    Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment, MSED, February 2010, Baltimore, MD
    • Completed research study on importance of differentiating instruction in classroom
    • GPA 4.0

    Interdisciplinary Studies, BS, December 2004, Commerce, TX
    • Graduated Summa Cum Laude


    Teaching Experience:
    6th grade Summer School Reading teacher
    School ISD 06/2010-06/2010
    •Provided reading instruction to at-risk students using Some name curriculum

    Support Facilitator
    Some Middle School, Some ISD 08/2009-present
    •Supported special education students in an inclusion classroom setting
    •Modified instruction and assessments for special education students in Science and Social Studies classrooms according to students’ IEPs
    •Provided support for 6th grade students in a Technical Applications classroom


    4th grade tutor
    Some Intermediate, Some ISD 01/2009-04/09
    •Worked with small groups including bilingual students on writing and math
    •Assisted in facilitating Reading and Writing Workshops
    •Administered TAKS testing to small groups

    Substitute teacher
    Some ISD 10/2007-05/09
    •Followed lesson plans left by teachers in grades kindergarten-8th
    •Maintained a classroom environment conducive to effective learning
    •Conducted any extra duties (hall, recess, lunch, etc) as assigned throughout the day



    Student Success Initiative Reading tutor
    Some other Intermediate, Some other ISD 01/2008-05/2008
    •Prepared 5th grade students for the Reading TAKS test
    •Differentiated lessons according to students’ needs
    •Administered the TAKS test in 5th grade classrooms

    2nd grade teacher
    ABC Elementary, ABC ISD 2006-2007
    •Provided students with age appropriate, hands-on learning activities in core academic subject areas in a positive learning environment
    •Designed new math curriculum for district with 2nd grade teachers
    •Provided intervention through Response to Intervention
    •Implemented United Streaming technology into content
    •Differentiated instruction through Guided Reading/Math
    •Used Capturing Kids Heart to build classroom community

    Kindergarten teacher
    XYZ Center, XYZ ISD 2005-2006
    •Used programs such as Saxon Phonics and Everyday Math
    •Incorporated developmental appropriate literacy centers
    •Established and maintained parent communication
    •Differentiated instruction to meet students’ needs
    •Taught a group of 21 students, including 2 with modifications

    Long term substitute teacher-Title 1 Reading Specialist
    XYZ Center, XYZ ISD 03/2005-05/2005
    •Worked with small groups and one-on-one to aide lower level Kindergarten students on phonics and math skills
    •Worked with small groups of pre-kindergarten students on alphabet skills

    Professional Development:
    July 2010 Capturing Kids Heart
    January 2007 Math Curriculum Development
    August-Dec 2006 New Teacher – Reading, Language Arts, Math, Science
    August 2006 Guided Reading Workshop
    August 2006 Literacy Center Workshop
    August 2005 Professional Development and Appraisal System
    June 2005 Kindergarten Reading Academy

    References

    _______________________________________________________
    I welcome the opportunity to be interviewed for the English Language Arts teaching position available at Awesome High School.

    Dear Mr. Wonderful P:

    The students of Your ISD deserve teachers who create stimulating environments that enhance learning at all ability levels. I am eager to offer my skills, energy, and passion to the Awesome High School team as an English Language Arts teacher for the 2010-2011 school year.

    Here are three reasons why I know I am the most qualified candidate for this position.
    I am Highly Qualified by the Texas State Board of Educators.
    My master’s in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment has provided me with strategies and tools to help ensure all students are successful.
    My effective teaching practices include differentiating of instruction, using cues, questions, and graphic organizers, and using cooperative learning groups including heterogeneous groupings and jigsaws.

    Good teachers provide students with a safe learning environment, assist them in their development as citizens, and help them acquire the knowledge and skills they require to become lifelong learners. I have exceeded this standard in the course of my teaching experience through effective classroom management techniques and expectations and by differentiating instruction to meet individual learning styles. Students in my classroom stay organized through the use of interactive notebooks. Interactive notebooks enable students to be creative, independent thinkers and writers. Students keep class notes and other activities and express their own ideas and process the information presented in class through these notebooks. Students use the Reading and Writing Workshop models in order to develop strong reading comprehension and progress into strong writers.

    The information I have enclosed sheds further light on my instructional abilities and work ethic. If anything more is required, please do not hesitate to contact me at phone number or another number. I look forward to discussing with you in greater detail how my qualifications and attributes meet the needs of the students of Awesome High School. Thank you for taking the time to review my credentials and to consider me for employment.


    Sincerely,

    Me
    website

    So what do you think?
     
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  3. TeacherGroupie

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    In your cover letter, stg, I would recommend not telling the ISD that you're "the most highly qualified" candidate for this job. Instead, show the ISD who YOU are and why your resume is worth consideration. Have you got a wonderful story about a kid for whom the lightbulb came on in YOUR class?
     
  4. shurweee

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    Although I haven't snagged any teaching jobs, I have had my teaching cover letter reviewed by the lovely A to Z people as well as career advisors. I included a wealth of information about my own experiences working with children. This very same cover letter got me noticed for an adviser position! I would love to hear more of your personality! Good luck.
     
  5. smalltowngal

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    TG~I've been racking my brain thinking of a great story to tell. But I can't pin it down to one story. :(
     
  6. smalltowngal

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    Ok, I replaced this part of the letter:

    with this:

    Teachers consistently reflect on strategies that benefit the students in their classrooms. This past year in a 7th grade science classroom, my co teacher and I found that our students did not understand the vocabulary necessary to understand and be successful on assessments. After collaborating with each other, we came up with a plan where students replace words they do not know with words they understand and underline key words and phrases in the question. Students, especially the special education and ESL students, who used this strategy saw huge improvement in their assessment scores.
     
  7. emmakate218

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    That is what I would change.
     
  8. smalltowngal

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    emma~you think I should keep that in there and not go with the other paragraph I replaced that with?
     
  9. futureteach21

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    I echo TG's response. Besides that, everything looks great to me. I can't figure out why you aren't having any luck, it frustrates me, too!
     
  10. SCTeachInTX

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    STG- I have scanned hundreds of potential candidates resumes this year. Your resume is impressive. I mean it. I would definitely tweak your cover letter. Make it more personable to the reader. Yes, you want to appear confident. And your letter exudes confidence. But I def would add that personal touch. The resume and the cover letter do not match. The resume says... WOW. I want a 2nd look at this girl. The cover letter comes across a little strong. You want your cover letter to be an introduction as to who you are as a person. Where is that girl with the personality, and passion for teaching? I don't see her in that cover letter. Show who you are. Put yourself out there.:rolleyes:

    Ex. You wrote: Here are three reasons why I know I am the most qualified candidate for this position.
    I am Highly Qualified by the Texas State Board of Educators.
    My master’s in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment has provided me with strategies and tools to help ensure all students are successful.


    How about changing that to:
    I would love to have an opptunity to share with you some of the innovative professional opportunities that have highlighted my teaching career. It is through my love of learning and my desire to continue to grow as a learner that I reached the following personal goals:
    I am Highly Qualified by the Texas State Board of Educators.
    My master’s in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment has provided me with strategies and tools to help ensure all students are successful.
    My effective teaching practices include differentiating of instruction, using cues, questions, and graphic organizers, and using cooperative learning groups including heterogeneous groupings and jigsaws.


    I wish I could be of more help to you. Keep looking. If you were closer, I could be of more assistance in getting your foot in the door. Keep your chin up. With a resume like that and a passion for teaching that you possess, this is your year!
     
  11. roseteacher12

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    i love this suggestion. it keeps the "three reasons" but makes it much more personable and passionate!
     
  12. smalltowngal

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    SCT~I took that part out, and replaced it with this:

    Teachers consistently reflect on strategies that benefit the students in their classrooms. This past year in a 7th grade science classroom, my co teacher and I found that our students did not understand the vocabulary necessary to understand and be successful on assessments. After collaborating with each other, we came up with a plan where students replace words they do not know with words they understand and underline key words and phrases in the question. Students, especially the special education and ESL students, who used this strategy, saw huge improvement in their assessment scores.
     
  13. MissAnt

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    You may want to change this sentence and use person first language. Students, especially those receiving special education and ESL services...

    The changes you've made look great!
     
  14. SCTeachInTX

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    I would like to see your whole cover letter again including the changes you made. That was one little piece of your cover letter. Put your whole dynamic personality into the cover letter. Short and sweet is best. Personable and knowledgeable is key. Keep it simple. The listing was fine; It just needed a little something that said SMALLTOWNGAL. Show your passion for teaching. I hear it here all the time. Your addition above sounds good. I like the personal story. Be careful not to be too wordy. Remember, these principals are browsing through literally hundreds of cover letters. Have a BOLD heading. Something like:

    (cantered)
    Small Town Girl
    1550 Main Street * Anytown * Texas * 817-554-8972
    Email address here


    Dear Great Principal,

    My name is STG. I would like to introduce myself and tell you a little about my classroom and educational experiences....

    It is my sincere desire to have the opportunity to interview for any possible openings that may have now or in the future. My enthusiasm, flexibility, and people skills would make me a great asset to any faculty and staff. I learn quickly, get along well with coworkers, and have a natural knack for being able to reach students.

    Please take the time to review my resume. I believe my experience, and continued professional development will be apparent. I just need the opportunity to have my own classroom so that I can begin to make a difference in the lives of the students at Great Middle School. Again, I appreciate your time, and hope to hear from you in the near future!

    Sincerely,
    STG


    You would (of course) add your important info and personal story to the note. You could also change the wording as I did this off the top of my head thinking of cover letters that caught my attention. I can't wait to see the finished product. Keep in mind this is much easier than writing your resume. Your resume looks AMAZING!

    All the best! :thumb:
    SCT
     
  15. smalltowngal

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    Here a go, SCT. I do have my personal information at the top of the letter:

    DATE

    SCHOOL ADDRESS

    I welcome the opportunity to be interviewed for the English Language Arts teaching position available at Awesome High School.

    Dear Mr. Wonderful P:

    The students of ISD deserve teachers who create stimulating environments that enhance learning at all ability levels. I am eager to offer my skills, energy, and passion to the High School team as an English Language Arts teacher for the 2010-2011 school year.

    Teachers consistently reflect on strategies that benefit the students in their classrooms. This past year in a 7th grade science classroom, my co teacher and I found that our students did not understand the vocabulary necessary to understand and be successful on assessments. After collaborating with each other, we came up with a plan where students replace words they do not know with words they understand and underline key words and phrases in the question. Students, especially those receiving special education and ESL services, who used this strategy, saw huge improvement in their assessment scores.

    Good teachers provide students with a safe learning environment, assist them in their development as citizens, and help them acquire the knowledge and skills they require to become lifelong learners. I have exceeded this standard in the course of my teaching experience through effective classroom management techniques and expectations and by differentiating instruction to meet individual learning styles. Students in my classroom stay organized through the use of interactive notebooks. Interactive notebooks enable students to be creative, independent thinkers and writers. Students keep class notes and other activities and express their own ideas and process the information presented in class through these notebooks. Students use the Reading and Writing Workshop models in order to develop strong reading comprehension and progress into strong writers.

    The information I have enclosed sheds further light on my instructional abilities and work ethic. If anything more is required, please do not hesitate to contact me at number or number. I look forward to discussing with you in greater detail how my qualifications and attributes meet the needs of the students of High School. Thank you for taking the time to review my credentials and to consider me for employment.

    Sincerely,
    ME!
    website
     
  16. SCTeachInTX

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    This sounds fantastic! I hear YOU in this cover letter. You are ready! Now, go get that job! I would hire you sight unseen. Ok, I would interview you first, But I KNOW that you would win me over. So, go do that. Think of yourself as a tube of toothpaste. You are the best product out there. Now, just SHOW them that you are. I know it. You know it. Let THEM know it. You have to believe it in your heart first. And, STG, you DO believe it. So, make that next opportunity YOURS! It will come. I have a good feeling. ;)
     
  17. smalltowngal

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    Thanks, SCT! And I'll make sure that I get a WHAMMY for you...just for extra precaution! :lol:
     
  18. SCTeachInTX

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    You know it! People laugh... my WHAMMY works! And THEN who is laughing?!? Maybe I should send the WHAMMY for an interview at a school of choice...
    :eek::eek::woot::woot::eek::eek::woot::woot::woot:

    The only thing with the WHAMMY is that it is often uncomfortable to hold the pose for days on end and I get really odd looks in the grocery store. But for you, I will put up with the inconvenience! You are worth it!:love:
     
  19. smalltowngal

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    :lol: thanks, SCT!!!
     
  20. teacher304

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    May I ask why you are looking? Did you get laid off due to budget cuts or non-renewed from your support job or just looking for a better district?
     
  21. smalltowngal

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    I'm looking because I want a teaching job...not a support position. My P had me slotted for a position that was taken out of his hands, and by the time that got all situated, the district had hired all the positions I'm qualified for....so now I'm looking at neighboring districts and for any other positions that might be avaliable throughout the summer.
     

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