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What can I do to stand out in my teachers college application?

Asked by oatmeal1642 (180points) December 1st, 2012

I’m applying to teachers college this winter. I was just wondering if anyone who has gone through or is going through this experience has some tips for me on how to make my application stand out. The applications ask for very short(250 word) essays explaining how a teaching experience has shaped my desire to become a teacher. I think that what they are looking for is something that shows who I am as a person as well as my commitment to teaching and equity(one application asks all about my commitment to equity drawn from personal experiences). Any tips would be great. Thanks!

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Pandora's avatar

I think in answering the question you will automatically describe the person you are inside. For example. If someone where to ask you why do you want to have children someday, and you said because you know your babies would be cute, than you are probably a vain idiot. If your answer is that you have always been happiest around children because of their innocent and loving nature, than that mean you probably have an equally loving nature and are very patient.

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bookish1's avatar

Welcome to fluther, @oatmeal1642. I’ve never applied to teacher’s college, but I’ve done personal statements for college, grad school, and numerous grants. They want to see something about you as a person, aside from your grades and recommendations. Maybe you could write about the most inspiring teacher you had in high school. Why did you decide you wanted to be a teacher? What do you want to bring to the world through teaching, and what specifically do you want to bring to your students?

Try to think of ways to present something compelling about yourself to people who have never met you and might not even see you in person. Work on the essay plenty in advance, and revise it three or four times, taking a break of several days between each revision. And avoid clich├ęs that will show up in every other essay, like “I have a passion for teaching,” etc. Good luck and let us know how it goes!

SadieMartinPaul's avatar

I don’t know anything about teachers’ colleges, but I did work in the registrar’s office of a very famous, competitive law school. I handled plenty of student files, and I learned that people didn’t get accepted for high grades or test scores. They succeeded by having emphasized something that was special and unique about themselves.

A few examples… One man listed “Househusband” as part of his professional background. Whoever reviewed his application wrote, “Hooray for househusbands! Accepted.” Another person described her hardscrabble, impoverished Appalachian childhood. The reviewer wrote, “Overlook the bad numbers and give her a chance. Accepted.”

So, is there something that sets you apart from the crowd? Are you passionate about running marathons? Did you overcome a serious illness and go on to achieve? Do you design and knit beautiful sweaters? Do you have a green thumb and a backyard that resembles the Garden of Eden? Were you a juvinile delinquent who turned around her life?

If you highlight something that’s unusual and positive about yourself, you’ll stand out from the other applicants.

Crashsequence2012's avatar

Announce that you will take personal responsibility for your methods and behavior.

Therefore you won’t need to hide behind a teacher’s union.

Simone_De_Beauvoir's avatar

@Crashsequence2012 I gave you a GA for the first part of that.
@oatmeal1642 I think this 250 word essay is a good challenge. As a teacher, you’ll sometimes have to get through within just a couple of minutes, kids have a short attention span. Think of your reviewers in that way.

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