Words to Use on a Teaching Resume Other Than “Taught”

By: Whitney

As a teaching major, I know it can be very easy to get stuck on words such as taught, created, and graded when writing your resume. While it is great to show you have teaching experience you don’t want to sound like you are saying the same thing over and over again. By mixing up the verbs you use, you may give yourself better chances on landing an interview at the school district you want to work for. The following are verbs that might be a nice change for your resume and how you could use them on your resume.

  • Adapted– As teachers or teacher candidates we are always adapting lessons for students with special needs, adapting to our surroundings, or changing plans on the fly to fit with students’ needs for the day.
  • Administered– Rather than saying you passed out a test or observed a test being given, it sounds more professional to say you administered the test.
  • Aided– No matter what classroom you are in there are always going to be students who need help. Rather than just using help or helped, aided is a good alternative to show the same thoughts in a non-repetitive way.
  • Anticipated– Any teacher is always anticipating needs of students or anticipating what changes might need to be made in order to make the lesson run more smoothly. Highlighting this fact is very important especially if you can give a concrete example.
  • Assessed– Assessment is very important in teaching today. Every lesson must have an assessment to go along with it so the teacher knows what the student is learning. If you are the one creating this assessment, then having that be a buzzword is very appropriate!
  • Collaborated– Whenever you are in a classroom with a cooperating teacher, you are likely collaborating with them on what the focus of the lesson should be and how you can best work with the students. Showing you have these collaboration skills is very valuable to future employers whether it is in the education field or beyond.
  • Collected/Tracked – Data collection is also very important. I know I didn’t realize how much data was kept on each student and just how important this data is in the education world. Showing you have experience with this through collecting data for something like an intervention would be something that could give you an extra edge.
  • Co-Taught- Co-teaching is a newer phenomenon that has hit the education field. More classes are starting to be co-taught. When you are in a classroom working with a cooperating teacher you are likely demonstrating a form of co-teaching.
  • Designed– Designed is a less boring way of saying created. It is a good word to use if you want to sound more professional without changing the meaning of the word.
  • Developed– Again, developed is a good word to use to describe lessons you planned or a curriculum-based measure created for a student to either increase or decrease a behavior by implementing an intervention.

Action Verbs Teaching

  • Empowered– This is a very powerful word that I love! You can empower students by giving them choice or by allowing them to feel like their thoughts and opinions are heard and taken into account.
  • Encouraged– Teachers often do not think about how much of their day is spent encouraging students to do their best work or for that matter start their work at all. Stating how you encourage students shows how you connect with students, which is very important in the teaching world.
  • Engaged– In order for students to learn, they must be engaged. Many people call this the hook of the lesson. This does not have to be a long, lengthy description, but I think it is always good to note you are striving to engage students in each lesson you plan.
  • Evaluated– Teachers while reviewing lesson plans or searching for new ones online are constantly evaluating or judging the value or the quality of the plan. Showing you are thinking critically about lessons before teaching them is necessary.
  • Increased/Decreased/Reduced– When implementing an intervention, a teacher is trying to either increase or reduce a target behavior. If you have ever done an intervention where this is true, this is a great skill to add to your resume.
  • Implemented– If you have ever implemented an intervention with a student this is a great thing to put on your resume. Many schools are using more interventions in order to keep students in the general education classroom for as much time as possible. Showing you have these skills might just land you an interview!
  • Managed– School districts want to know what you know about management techniques because it is so difficult. If you know about various management techniques and how to use them effectively in the classroom, the school district wants to know. If you have put a management plan into place then this is even better! If you are listing this under one grade you taught then it may be helpful to list how many students were in the class.
  • Modeled– Modeling the behavior or the task you want to have done will help cause less confusion in the classroom and also help to manage a classroom. Showing you value modeling behavior you want to see also shows management techniques and also effective teaching techniques.
  • Motivated– It can sometimes be difficult to motivate students to complete a task. If you have students who are challenging, showing how you motivated them to complete a task shows how you connect with students.
  • Reflected– Reflection is a big part of teaching that we tend to do without thinking about. For the EdTPA it is very important that teachers are reflecting on their lessons. It would be very valuable for a district to know you are reflecting on your lessons and evaluating what worked and what didn’t.

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