What are your professional goals for the next five years?
A: First, I want to attend graduate school and get my masters in Curriculum and Instruction. Beyond that I would like to continue to take graduate courses and in-service courses so that I can stay current in the field. Second, I would like to attend a number of regional and national conferences so that I can connect with other middle school teachers in addition to staying up-to-date on the latest strategies and techniques for teaching at the middle school level. Third, I would like to contribute to some professional magazine and journals. One of my college professors helped me prepare a paper for submission to a student publication and I guess the writing bug really bit me as a result. I’d like to write some articles and share my ideas and thoughts on teaching social studies.
Have a plan of action – if you don’t, the position will probably be offered to someone else. Make sure that your plan includes a focus on the school’s needs. Don’t say that you want a graduate degree because you’ll make more money; rather say that you want to attend grad school in order to stay current and make more of a contribution to the school.