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Why Teachers Should Have a Great Resume


“Wow, you’re a teacher! Sounds like a dream job: you get to spend your days playing with kids (or bossing them around in higher grade levels), enjoying snow days, and even get summers off!”


Right….Ha! How often have you heard innocent comments like that and thought about the misconceptions that many non-teachers have about your job? You know that your days are actually filled with lesson and assignment planning, grading, exam creating, literally corralling your students, and conversing with parents and administration. Oh, and you often get in extremely early, don’t leave before 5 p.m., and spend nights and weekends working on school-related projects (1).



Your day-to-day routines vary by the grade level and subject, but the common thread between most teachers is that the effort being put in is really focused on driving students’ success. Many teachers base their own success on how their students are progressing and growing, sometimes to a fault. Being admired by your students and watching them develop each year is certainly rewarding, but translating that into a form of review or reference can be difficult.

Local businesses, restaurants, and many service-based companies can rely on Yelp or Facebook business pages for referrals and recommendations. The positive testimonials serve as marketing for them and showcase their offerings and successes to potential customers. Unfortunately, teachers are not able to benefit from business review pages like this. That means they must create their own marketing tools to highlight their skills, experience, and value.

Sound familiar? We’re talking about a Resume!

Despite what you may have previously thought, resumes are key to landing your next job and making sure your value and worth are communicated to potential new schools. Often teachers feel that they have nothing to include other than education and experience so some think a full resume is not important or necessary. If you are one of those people, think back to all the different projects and activities you have planned, and your effort that went into those plans. What about the certain technique you have to make sure the students stay quiet while you’re starting a new chapter or the schedules you’ve planned so all grades will be in a week early? All of those skills can be translated into points on a resume. And they should be!

It is typical for business schools to teach the art of creating a resume, but many people preparing for a career as a teacher don’t always know where to start. When you sit down to create your resume, you should start by thinking about a few key things (2):

Contact Information: This may seem obvious, but make sure to include mailing address, email address, and phone number.

Education: Make sure to include the degree you’ve earned as well as areas of focus or concentrations/minors.

Teaching Jobs or Related Experience: If you are just starting to look for your first job, make sure to add your student teaching experience here. All other related experience should be included in this section, including any volunteer work and jobs that you’ve interacted with kids (nanny, camp counselor, lifeguard, etc.).

Teaching License: Here you’ll list which state you are certified to teach in, the type of teaching license you have, and the date of the license.

Professional Development: Add in any training, workshops, or seminars that you have attended.

References: This is an optional section as you will likely be asked for references if you move into further interview rounds. It can never hurt to include!

See the full teacher resume template here for additional guidance and tips!






10 Fun and FREE – Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. All friends and family around plus all the food – lots of food, makes this holiday so special. Below, you will find a list of the best 10 FREEBIES I found around and I’m planning to use next week in my classroom. These highly engaging Thanksgiving themed activities are sure to be a hit with your young learners. See the list of my suggestions below. Hope you enjoy!




#1. Thanksgiving Turkey Hat Craft 

Have your students make these adorable turkey hats to wear on their little turkey heads! 🙂 The pieces included could even be used for standard turkey crafts or to supplement a writing activity.

source: Breanna Newell


#2. Thanksgiving Writing Craft: Thankful Pie Activity

This fun Thanksgiving writing craft will not only have student practicing their writing skills, but it will enrich them by having them list three things they are thankful for this Thanksgiving.

source: The Candy Class


#3. Littlest Pilgrim Response and Craft

Your kiddos will have fun telling what they’re too little do and what they’re just big enough to do with this reading response FREEBIE. This is a great follow up to a reading of The Littlest Pilgrim!

source: Just Reed


#4. Turkey Craft – Turkey Dough

This is a fun tactile Thanksgiving experience kids of all ages will LOVE!

source: Tools to Grow


#5. Thanksgiving Reading Comprehension

This is a fun easy to use packet for literacy fun!

source: Golden Rule Design


#6. Maria’s Thanksgiving – Story and Comprehension (FREE)

A free short story about a little girl named Maria and her Thanksgiving. The story includes comprehension questions with visual answer choices for pointing.

source: Super Power Speech


#7. The Story of Thanksgiving from Two Perspectives

Thanksgiving Book and Game includes a turnaround upside down book as well as a comprehension game. With the turn around upside down book, students read about the Pilgrims from the beginning of the book to the center. They will then close the book, turn it upside down, and read the story of Squanto from the “new” beginning to the center.

source: Gay Miller


#8. Native American Comprehension Passage Main Idea Vocabulary

Native American Comprehension Passage Main Idea Vocabulary download is perfect for your Thanksgiving lessons.

source: Teach123-Michelle


#9. Thanksgiving Math – Find, Tally and Graph

This is a math center that incorporates counting, tallies, graphing and basic addition and subtraction skills.

source: Renee Dooly


#10. Thanksgiving Math: PPT for making 10

Students figure out how much more is needed to complete the ten-frame. Click on each slide to reveal the hidden foods!

source: Brenda Tejeda

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Halloween Themed Personal Logo – TPT Profile Picture




Hi All,

I just updated my Logo on TPT Profile pic with a Halloween theme! I will be using this logo theme until the end of October and would like to know your opinion. 🙂

I also would love to do the same for any of you who would like to have some fun and try a Halloween theme on your logo as well.

So, I’m offering a FREE HALLOWEEN THEME, created by me, for the first teacher who leaves a comment on my project – Soon I’ll be selling this option for teachers here on my blog and also on TPT Store. Get it while it’s free!

For the first of you who comment, I will need:

– Your logo in high resolution (.psd or .ai if possible)
– About 5 days to send you back the updated logo

Participate in this Halloween FUN with me! 🙂



Here you can see other themed profile logos:


Thinking about Xmas themed logos? Here’s mine! Let me know if you would like to see yours like this. 🙂


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