Sunday, February 19, 2017

Professor Patty Cake ® Professional Pointer #1

Professor Patty Cake ® Professional Pointer #1- For many educators, it is the time in the academic year when you are feeling overworked, underappreciated, and burnt out. Here are some unique ways that you and your colleagues can tackle fatigue and keep burnout at bay.
  • Color the Rainbow Parties- Ask that each grade level team/department to select a color of the rainbow and a day to share edible treats of their selected color in the faculty/staff lounge. Not only is it nice to share treats with your colleagues but it is also fun to see how each team/department creatively addresses the color challenge.
  • Magazine/Book Swaps- Nothing is more relaxing than curling up with a good, non-educational and simply entertaining, magazine/book. One way to enhance your reading collection is to participate in a school wide magazine/ book swap. You and your colleagues can bring in magazines and/or books that you are willing to swap and set up a “swapping” library in your classroom after school. Better yet, make it a swapping party and add some refreshments to the festivities.
  • After School Zumba or Yoga Club- One way to reduce stress is to exercise and you can make exercise more fun if you do it with friends. Many fitness trainers offer discounted rates for their classes if you supply the space and a have a group of willing participants. Another option is to use workout videos. All you need to do is select a day/time of the week, reserve your school’s gym or cafeteria, grab your colleagues, and get moving!
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Professor Patty Cake ® Career Hack #102

Professor Patty Cake ® Career Hack # 102- We recently had a client ask us whether or not it is important to include an objective statement on her resume. This was our response to her- We typically leave objective statements off of resumes because most employers view them as "fluff," outdated, and think that they are redundant. In most cases, the applicant's objective is to obtain the position that he/she is applying for. Hence, that is why he/she is applying for the position in the first place.This is especially true in education because applicants are applying for a specific position that the school district has advertised. Here is a link to an article that shares our view of objective statements- USNews
We prefer to use the space traditionally used for objective statements to showcase succinct headers and/or well-written professional profiles/summaries, 1-2 short sentences summing up an applicant's qualifications. Do you have a well-written professional profile/summary? If not, contact Professor Patty Cake ® Consulting, L.L.C.  today to learn how we can help!

Professor Patty Cake's ® Spring 2019 P-12 Teacher/Educator Job Fair List

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