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I'm currently enrolled at Widener University for Spanish/ Secondary Education. I'm not sure what state I want to live/ work in, but do you think it will be difficult for me to get a teaching job, and is it difficult to get certified in different states from what you've originally been certified in.

Foreign language teachers are usually more difficult to come by (which makes it a little bit easier to find a job) but it also depends on the job seeker as well. Don’t be picky! Apply everywhere and use your connections. I’m not sure which campus of Widener you’re in… look up requirements for teaching in NJ and PA first. Their reqs are pretty strict, after receiving those it will probably be easier to gain reciprocity from other states.

At the same time, you can interview for jobs in a state you don’t yet have certification in. Just make sure to state that you plan on seeking certification in that state. Certification always helps but can be pricey. For example, getting certification in NJ is $200, so if you aren’t certain you’re teaching in NJ that can be expensive.

Every teacher i have ever spoken to has said…

wet-ox:

that as soon as you become a teacher, you lose all ability to operate technology.

I think the process of losing technological ability has already started…i just spent 5 minutes trying to work out how to make a DVD play on the TV :P

I don’t think it’s that you lose the ability to operate technology, it’s just that you have 30 people watching you try to operate technology with a time constraint. There’s a lot more pressure in that!

Using Google Earth in mathematics lessons ⇢
Futureme, Sporcle and Wattpad ⇢

Check out this blog post to see how one teacher used these three sites. My favorite idea is using futureme.org to have students write letters to their future selves.

Create interactive whiteboard resources with Desmos ⇢

Check out this blog post to see how you can create IWB resources using a browser-based application instead of software for your IWB. It’s currently in private beta mode, but this blog post describes how to join.

50 great sites for social studies teachers ⇢

Watch one teacher’s introduction to his new blog, 2,000 Hours, in which he sets out to end misconceptions about teaching and log every hour he works in the next school year.

I found this via Edudemic.

10 fab Flickr groups for teachers ⇢

Especially helpful for math and English teachers! Check it out- you may get an idea for a lesson or two.

My students are taking finals in this the next 2 days (well, finals are 4 days but the other forecasts aren’t as bad.) I think I found an air conditioned room for my 4th period tomorrow, but I haven’t found anything for my classes on Thursday- the day my weather widget actually hit triple digits for (plus “oppressive humidity” according to the weatherman).
My classroom has no air and usually feels around ten degrees hotter than the outdoors. Keep your fingers crossed for my kiddos.

My students are taking finals in this the next 2 days (well, finals are 4 days but the other forecasts aren’t as bad.) I think I found an air conditioned room for my 4th period tomorrow, but I haven’t found anything for my classes on Thursday- the day my weather widget actually hit triple digits for (plus “oppressive humidity” according to the weatherman).

My classroom has no air and usually feels around ten degrees hotter than the outdoors. Keep your fingers crossed for my kiddos.

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