Monday Bytes — November 10, 2014
What’s the most common problem people have in writing an effective CV for a college teaching job?
It’s in describing their own teaching.
It’s easy to write where you taught, when, who you taught (undergrads, grads) and what you taught (subject areas or names of courses). For private lessons it’s easy to write, “emphasize good tone production, intonation, basic musicianship, etc.”
But that will only make you a commodity: you’ll look on paper just like the 200 other applicants for the job.
The real challenge is describing HOW you teach—How you create rapport with students, engage and motivate them—HOW (& WHY) you are effective, creative, and innovative.
The HOW is how you distinguish yourself from the 200 other applicants.
Questions that help get at the HOW:
Did you design any of the curriculum you use? (Don’t tell us it was innovative and effective; instead detail HOW)
Any noteworthy examples can you think of?
Tell me about a ‘problem’ student or a challenge in a class and how you turned these into success stories
What do you do in your teaching that students seem surprised by and find fun and effective?
Describe the last time you thought to yourself: THIS is why I teach. What were you doing specifically?
For this week: Take a look at your CV; does it answer the HOW question?
Bonus: Take a look at your bio; does it answer the WHY question?
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