What do successful applications have in common?
Successful applications read like a story, rather than a report. They do not only talk about what you have done, but why you did it, how you did it, how you evaluated its effectiveness, and what you learned from it.
|Teaching is a rollercoaster
They say those who never failed never learned a lesson, and the assessors will be suspicious if your application tells a story of 100% success in everything you have done. All good teaching journeys have ups and downs, so don’t be afraid to talk about the things that haven’t worked so well, and what you learned from them.
Try and include experiences that have taken place in the past three to five years. Anything older tends to be harder to recall and less relevant.
All applications must show evidence of how your teaching practices have been underpinned by research. How have you applied research and what are the implications of that?
While you will ultimately be assessed on your experiences, reflections and use of literature, it is a good idea to have someone do a quick proofread of your application. A mistake-riddled application can make a poor first impression, and result in important messages getting lost in translation.
|Know the word limit
While sticking to word limits can be tough, keep in mind that the assessors are busy people who don’t want to read lots of superfluous material. Overly long applications will likely leave a bad impression, regardless of their quality. The ability to write succinctly is an important skill.