New Teachers...

If you are new to the profession, or are looking to break into the profession--this is a good place to start.

Networking and collaboration are important. If you get into the groove now of helping and receiving help then your job will be that much easier! Some points to consider:

  • If you haven't already started your network--peruse this site and get to it! The sooner you get involved, the sooner you can start reaping the benefits of of your Professional Learning Team!
  • If you already have Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, or other social networking sites created--take a look at them with a critical eye. Are they more social than professional? Are there things there that you would prefer an employer not see? What about the kids you'll be teaching? I'm all for transparency on the web, but you want to make sure that you are reflecting the right "image." Regardless of whether my postings are more personal or professional, I try to frame everything I do online around whether or not I would mind it being on the front page of the newspaper.
  • If you need to, set up new accounts that will be just for your professional persona.
  • Consider aggregating your networks into one place using tools such as FUSER or iGoogle to bring your digital footprint together and make it easier to operate.
  • As you start to become a contributing member of your network, don't be afraid to put yourself out there. If you are looking for a job, or a change--your network may be able to provide you with just the opportunity you need at just the right time!