Junior Year: The Year to Look Ahead

Edumagicians, you are almost on your way towards being an edumagical teacher! Hopefully, by now you have had ample hours spent observing and interacting in the classroom, spent intentional time learning from and growing your PLN, and have created and critiqued your digital portfolio. If you haven’t done those things yet, take a moment to explore these resources:

So you have your PLN and you are regularly engaged in conversations and your portfolio is getting those finishing touches. Now it is time to start thinking about student teaching and getting mentally prepared for senior year, resumes, and interviews. It is EXCITING!!! It is also time to think ahead. You will soon be entering the world of student teaching and then job interviews. The preparation starts now, though! If you haven’t done so already, you must put yourself out there. Get involved in professional development and make your voice be heard. Taking initiatives as a preservice teacher to lead and speak can truly set yourself apart during the interview process.

Junior year is all about preparing for the upcoming year. Get involved in your college or university’s educational organizations.

  • Find local conferences to attend while on break.

  • Write a proposal and speak at a local or larger conference

  • Attend EdCamps

  • Network

These experiences now will be great highlights to your resume. Check out these resources for networking and resumes:

Use this year to look ahead and prepare for next. Think about this question, "What you do now will help set yourself apart when it comes time for interviews?" Brainstorm and document your ideas and share them with #EduMagic.

Get your complete list of junior education major tips in the soon to be published EduMagic Planner. Sign up here to get all the details about its release. In the meantime, check out these tips for education majors and new teachers.

Let your EduMagic Shine!

Hannah Sansom and Sam Fecich

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