Interview tips for desperate teacher candidate.
June 13, 2011 1:20 PM Subscribe
I am in need of tips/advice/help/anything from fellow teachers about job interviews and how to nail them.
posted by als129 to education (10 answers total) 19 users marked this as a favorite
I recently obtained dual certifications in special education (N-12) and secondary English (7-12). The positive is that I am getting interviews despite the fact that this may be the worst time in history (budgetary issues) to be seeking a teaching position in Pennsylvania. The negative is that it is clear I am not doing well in these interviews. I'm new to the profession and have no experience other than student teaching. I had a great experience student teaching and received glowing reviews across the board from cooperating teachers and my university advisor. (The district I student taught in recently laid off a ton of teachers, therefore no positions are open there.)
Some questions I need help with:
- How do you accommodate the different learning levels in your classroom and give specific examples of how to this? (I struggle with this one because while I definitely did accommodate different levels in student teaching, it is hard for me to articulate how. I tended to slip the learning support student copies of notes with a few blanks here and there, instead of having them struggle to keep up while taking notes on a blank notebook page. While other students were reading silently, I'd sit with one or two and we'd read to each other. I constantly monitored each student to see if they were keeping up.)
-What will your classroom management strategies be? (They are never impressed with my answer to this, because I am just not a big ENFORCER. I really try to foster an environment of mutual respect and clear expectations and honestly I found in my (little) experience that this in itself handled a lot of problems. I also practiced frequent and consistent positive reinforcement. I can just tell administrators probably think my classrooms were chaos, which they weren't. At all.)
And honestly, I would love any advice. I'm going to be a great teacher, I just need to get in the door somewhere. Thank in advance and I appreciate it immensely. I am really at a loss here.