Help, Teacher Bees!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

@dayl20:  All the best. I don’t have any advice yet because I am in similar predicament.  What I try to do is take a few minutes to calm down before interview.  Confidence counts a lot!  ETA: If you have time, look at what would be expected in that position so you can be prepared for related questions.  Will you actually be teaching or just intervention?

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@dayl20: I graduated in 2009 and still do not have a job. I’ve had plenty of interviews, but they’ve always gone with someone with more experience. I’m social studies, so it’s a little different as well. Anyway…

The several interviews I have had focused more on my personal experiences. Basically, they want to know mostly how you HAVE handled something in the past more than they want to know how you WOULD handle it in the future. If you can possibly speak to anything from your student teaching or subbing that relates to the question, do it. Even if it was something that went wrong that you learned from, use your past experiences as much as possible. In the instance you don’t have a past experience to pull from, you can talk about how you would handle a situation, or possibly how you witnessed another teacher handle a situation (again, could be good or bad) and how you might do it differently because of how things turned out. It’s hard to know exactly what they will ask, but try to give them as much evidence as possible as to why you are the best candidate for the job.

Also, avoid using “I” too much, and talk more about the students. For example, instead of answering a question “I once had to deal with a student…” you could instead say, “The student in question/my students have responded well to…” You’re not really saying anything different, but you’re coming from the classroom perspective rather than your own. Again, it makes you sound more experienced than you actually are. Good luck!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

What type of interventionist position are you going for? Math, Reading, Behavioral? Research the school district and what their educational goals and philosophy are, as well as the types of materials they use (ex: Everyday Math, CMP, Fountas and Pinnell, etc.). Especially as an interventionist, I’m sure they’d want to know that you had a basic understanding of the types of materials you’d be using – and even if you haven’t used them before, if you have done your research you can at least talk with some knowledge about them.

Also, as an interventionist, you’ll be working with kids who really need some extra attention, so I’d be ready to give examples of how I build strong relationships with kids, how I am able to differentiate for struggling learners, etc.

Good luck! Interviewing is stressful for sure, but so worth it!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I’m confused. What is the intervention position for?? You don’t need a SPED endorsement? If it does relate to special needs, focus on your experience with assessments including FBAs, BSPs, IEPs, think of situations working with this population where you had to think outside the box, etc. As an interventionalist you often will work on teams and help direct other staff members so mention examples of doing this previously, hoto you work with parents, etc. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee

The interview is a job in its self!!!

I would say after they ask you a question it’s ok to stop and think for as long as you need to. And smile!

good luck

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

  Since it’s a reading position, I would look at the school’s website and do some digging. Find out what type of reading curriculum that they use, become familiar with their benchmarks (Aimsweb, Tungsten, etc.). Draw on a lot of your reading experience, and think about ways you could help struggling readers.

  A lot of times, schools will now hire interventionists as almost a year-long interview for a classroom position. Be prepared to talk about how you would handle problems. Chances are, you will probably have recess/lunch duty. Talk about how you would handle conflicts. If you aren’t sure, talk about how you would ask someone on your team for advice on how to handle the situation. Talk about how you will communicate with teachers over how their kids are doing in the class. I know my principal really likes the interventionists who take that extra step and not drop everything at the principal’s door. Now, if it’s something major, of course, you have to, but they like people who can problem solve on their own.

  Good luck! I also would get nervous, too. The one interview that ended up going incredibly well for me was the one where I faked that I wasn’t nervous (and I’m still at that school today :-)).

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

@dayl20:  Can you go on their school’s curriculum maps and see what they’re up to? Or neighboring schools/county’s maps? Our school uses Atlas Rubicon and it has all the standards and pacing and stuff.

And RELAX!!! You have to seem confident in the interiew! They don’t want someone who looks terrified! You’ll do great!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@keepsmiling19:  @lealorali:  I agree with both these ladies. You need to know about the school you are interviewing at. You need to know what they teach, how they teach it, how they use the position you are applying for. Then you need to be able to connect your experience with what they do.

For exampe I was applying for a job at a STEM school (they focus on science, technology, engineering, and math) all of their curriculum is focused on these 4 areas. So the questions they asked were if I knew what STEM was and how my experience makes me a good teacher to deal with that curriculum.

(sorry if this is full of typos – typing this on my phone was hard).

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

How did the interview go?

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I live in NY so we are obsessed with the modules that are being released and common core. I would say the most important thing to do is research the school. Look at the website- what programs do they use? research them. How did they do on their state tests? is their school particularly bad at ELA? how could you improve the school?

I am on the interview committee at my school and we are looking for people who SELL themselves. What are YOU going to do for US?

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