Job applications for Teachers are required to write a Cover Letter that addresses the AITSL Standards for Teachers. In broad terms, these standards can be categorised into the three domains of teaching, namely the areas of Professional Knowledge, Professional Practice, and Professional Engagement.
But how exactly do you write a 4 page AITSL Cover Letter? The Department of Education guidelines that a Cover Letter should be a maximum of 4 pages long. So how do you make sure in this 4 pages that you are saying the right things?
We have some great practical tips for you. As a professional Resume Writer that has prepared many job applications for Teachers, I am happy to share with you some insights into how to answer some of the tricky AITSL questions!
Tip 1 – Create a framework for your Cover Letter
Visit the Education Department website and get a copy of the AITSL Standards. Copy the key headings into a WORD document. This will form the framework for your Cover Letter.
Tip 2 – Jot down key examples that demonstrate your teaching style or where you have had a positive impact on one or more students.
Go thru each heading and write down any good practical examples of where you have met the criteria. At this stage do not worry about writing something under every heading. Just do a quick pass thru. You should be able to come up with at least 6 good quality examples.
Tip 3 – Use the SAO or STAR approach for each AITSL standard where possible
Government job application expect candidates to take either a SAO or STAR approach to answering criteria. What is this? Well, SAO is an acronym for Situation, Action, Outcome. STAR is an acronym for Situation, Task, Action, Response.
Essentially for each example that you have provided to demonstrate how you meet a criteria, you also need to specifically outline a scenario/situation, what action you took and how this had a positive outcome as a result. Personally I stick to the SAO approach as the STAR approach can make your responses sound quite wooden and forced.
Tip 4 – Do You Know the content and how to teach it?
Addressing this question also delves into the subheading: Content and teaching strategies of the teaching area
To respond to this question you need to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the concepts, substance and structure of the content and teaching strategies of the teaching area. Think about whether you have any good examples of teaching strategies that you have used? Perhaps an example where you have designed a particularly interesting lesson? E.g. collecting samples of leaves, drawing different shapes, a fictional shopping lesson to use money, etc… In other words, a fun practical lesson that all the kids enjoyed and learned from.
Have you used any techniques to turn boring lessons into something more interesting? E.g. teaching statistics by performing a class survey of who likes kit kats, mars bars, etc… then compiling the results into a table and graph.
Writing an AITSL Cover Letter takes a lot of work and time. The end result, if done well, will make the difference between getting short-listed for your next Teaching job or not. If you are finding that writing an AITSL letter is taking up too much of your time, and that you are struggling, visit our Teachers templates page and Download a pre-written AITSL Cover Letter.