Why I Teach

As you get settled into this challenging year of student teaching, it’s always important to remember why you gravitated toward the field in the first place. Was it to be a leader/expert in your subject area, to mentor and educate youth, to make a difference in the lives of underrepresented children? Whatever the reason, it’s important to recognize our successes and learn from others who are leaders in education.

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To learn more about why other Spartan educators choose to teach, check out the Why I Teach alumni profiles.

Career Advising for Interns

Hello interns!

Just a friendly note that your career advisor, Pepa Casselman, will be on leave starting “any day now” until the end of February 2019. Don’t fret, though, there are plenty of ways to get career assistance while I’m gone.

For the remainder of Fall 2018 (till Dec. 7):

  • Make an appointment with a College of Education Career Peer Advisor or an All-Majors Advisor via Handshake.
  • Send your most updated resume and/or cover letter to COECareers@msu.edu for a quick critique. As a reminder, there are plenty of resources on this site, especially under the section called Professional Document Resources if you need help.

During winter break: 

  • Very minimal career advising appointments will be offered during this time. Check Handshake for any options.
  • No quick resume critiques via email will be offered. If you email your document(s) to COECareers@msu.edu they will not be reviewed until the first week of classes in January.

For Spring 2019 (starting Monday, January 7):

  • Make an appointment with a College of Education Career Peer Advisor or an All-Majors Advisor via Handshake.
  • Send your most updated resume to COECareers@msu.edu for a quick critique.

Other Resources: 

  • Use this site, including previous blog posts, for help with career-related topics such as professional documents, job searching, interviewing, career fairs, etc.
  • Search around the MSU Career Services web site for other helpful resources.

Looking for summer 2018 plans?

K-12 English Tutors Needed (Okemos)

A local ESL teacher, Ms. Missy Sainz, reached out because there are many international families in Okemos who would like their children (potentially ranging in ages from kindergarten through 12th grade) to have individual English tutoring to help them develop their language proficiency as much as possible in the limited time they will be living in the area. Usually families would like their children to be tutored from 1-2 hours per week. Tutoring would likely start in May, and depending on the family’s needs and wishes, this could continue throughout the summer (June-August). Tutors are usually paid approximately $30/hour.

Tutoring sessions usually happen at the Okemos Public Library, and tutors should have a good understanding of phonics and emergent literacy skills. Tutoring sessions often focus on basic vocabulary, answering questions, and other speaking skills. Ms. Sainz is looking for a workbook to help support planning and structuring tutoring sessions. If you would be interested in tutoring emergent bilingual students in Okemos, please contact Ms. Missy Sainz at melissa.sainz@okemosk12.net as soon as possible.

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Note from your career advisor: tutoring opportunities vetted by a school or offered in a public place (like a library) are fine. Tutoring privately in a stranger’s home is never advised.

Summer Opportunity for Teachers

Summer Teaching Positions Available in Michigan (options in other states available as well):

Teach Reading to Students of All Ages This Summer

  • Earn more than $6,000 during the summer. Teachers typically earn between $500 and $800 per week while teachin
  • Gain over 500 hours of teacher-training and teaching experience with a variety of age groups.
  • Help students of all ages develop their reading skills and ability to become imaginatively absorbed in bo

The Institute of Reading Development is seeking candidates for summer 2018 teaching positions. We seek applicants with an undergraduate degree or higher from any discipline. We provide a paid training program and comprehensive on-going support.

We hire people who:

  • Have strong reading skills and read for pleasure
  • Are responsible, hard-working, and have good communication and organizational skills
  • Will be patient and supportive with students

The Institute teaches developmental reading programs in partnership with the continuing education departments of more than 100 colleges and universities across the United States. Our classes for students of all ages improve their reading skills and teach them to experience absorption in literature.

We invite you to submit an online application and learn more about teaching for the Institute at: Summer Teaching Positions