Connecting Pre-Service Teachers

April 28 Chat – Using Your PLN for Ongoing Support as a New Teacher

On Monday, April 28, our final chat of the 2013/2014 school year is going to take on a multimodal approach to sharing and networking!  In addition to our Twitter chat (using the #edteach hashtag), beginning at 8 pm EST, we will be livestreaming a Google Hangout panel of 5 beginning teachers, sharing how they have used their PLN for support as a new teacher.

We are pleased to be joined by the following first-year teachers (many are past moderators – find out more on the Meet Our Moderators page):


Looking forward to having you join us for the final #edteach chat of the school year!

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Chat Archive – Getting that First Job!

Last night, we were fortunate to be joined by a number of practicing administrators and post-secondary educators, all focused on providing support and guidance to pre-service teachers related to getting that first teaching job.  From what to include in a cover letter and resume, to tips for the interview, tons of great advice and resources were shared!  Special thanks to our guest moderator, principal Greg Kostiuk (@gregkostiuk), for his expert guidance and passion related to the subject!

View the Storify Archive of the chat to review resources, thoughts and ideas shared!

Our final chat for the 2013-2014 school year happens on Monday, April 28 at 8 pm EST.  It will be a first for #edteach, as we incorporate a live Google Hangout panel of beginning teachers, sharing the value of their PLN in their first months of teaching.  Continue to check back as details for the chat are added to the site.  Plan to join us!

#edteach Twitter Chat – April 14, 2014

Plan to join us at #edteach this Monday, April 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm EST for a very special Twitter chat on Getting That First Job, moderated by Canadian elementary principal Greg Kostiuk!  Greg is the principal of pre-K to grade 6 school, Our Lady of Assumption Elementary School in southern Alberta, Canada.  You can follow Greg at @gregkostiuk, visit his blog or his About Me page.

Some potential guiding questions for this chat will be:

  • To stand out, what are some things that I must have on my covering letter/resume?
  • Should I prepare a portfolio and if so, what should it include?
  • How can I prepare for my interview?
  • How will I demonstrate that I am the ‘right person’ for the job?
  • How will I demonstrate the skills that I have as a teacher?
  • How will I demonstrate I am a ‘life-long’ learner?
  • How will I demonstrate the goal of engaged learning in my classroom?
  • Everyone says they love children, how will I demonstrate a love of students?
  • What should I do after the interview?

Plan to join us for this chat, discussing tips and ideas about getting that first job in the classroom!

Chat Archive – Inquiry Based Learning

Last night, it was exciting to join with #teachSDA for a combined chat, moderated by preservice teacher Andrea Dearham (@missdearham), focusing on Inquiry Based Learning.

View the Storify Archive of the chat to review resources, thoughts and ideas shared, as well as find a number of educators to add to your own Professional Learning Network!

Our next chat happens on Monday, March 31 at 8 pm EST.  Check back to our Schedule and Archives for the latest news or suggest a topic/become a moderator by visiting our Get Involved page!

#edteach Twitter Chat – March 17, 2014

Plan to join us this Monday, March 17, 2014 at 8:00 pm EST for our next Twitter chat, which will be a combined chat with #teachsda.  The chat topic will be “inquiry-based learning” and will be moderated by pre-service teacher Andrea Dearham (@missdearham)

The guiding questions for the chat will include

  • What is the role of inquiry in learning? What are 4-6 key words that describe “inquiry”?
  • What are the benefits of inquiry-based learning? What are the pitfalls and/or challenges you see?
  • How does inquiry-based learning differ from other research projects and/or book reports?
  • Does inquiry-based teaching lend itself to certain disciplines more than others?
  • Given that teachers already feel a time crunch, how can we use inquiry-based learning to meet curricular goals?

Hope to have you join us for this chat, focusing on the growth and development of pre-service teachers and those who support them!  Looking forward to combining forces with #teachsda!

#edteach Twitter Chat – March 3, 2014

Plan to join us at #edteach this Monday, March 3, 2014 at 8:00 pm EST for our next Twitter chat focusing on Bringing Your Passions into the Classroom.  This chat will feature our guest moderator Diego Mureno (@mrdmureno)  – learn more about Lindsey on our Meet Our Moderators page.

The guiding questions for the chat will include

  • What is an area of passion/interest for you? Why?
  • How could you incorporate your passion in a specific subject?
  • What resources could you use? Online resources? Offline resources?
  • How could you support students in developing their own passions?
  • How might students benefit from bringing your passions and theirs into the classroom?
  • What can you do tomorrow/next week/next month to bring your passion into your classroom?

Hope to have you join us for this chat, focusing on the growth and development of pre-service teachers and those who support them!

#edteach Twitter Chat – February 17, 2014

Plan to join us at #edteach tonight (February 17, 2014) at 8:00 pm EST for our next Twitter chat focusing on Building Relationships as a Pre-Service Teacher.  This chat will feature our guest moderator Lindsey Farnsworth (@lfarnsworth12) – learn more about Lindsey on our Meet Our Moderators page.

The guiding questions for the chat will include

  • Who are important people for pre-service teachers to build relationships with?
  • What strategies can you use to build relationships when first entering a classroom?
  • What strategies can you use to foster positive relationships with students?
  • What strategies can you use to foster positive relationships with colleagues?
  • What strategies can you use to foster positive relationships with parents?

Hope to have you join us for this chat, focusing on the growth and development of pre-service teachers and those who support them!