Post # 1
I’m a student teacher and I had my first interview last Friday with a charter school in Los Angeles. I just got a call back from them and I have a teach-in interview next Thursday with them! I am SO nervous and excited!!! I’m not too thrilled about working for a charter school (I feel very strongly in favor for public schools), but in this climate, ANY job would be terrific!
Teacher bees, do you have any tips or words of advice for me?
EDIT: Might be helpful–I’m interviewing for high school history positions. I’m teaching about the rise of US dominance in the early 20th century (CA Standard 11.4).
Post # 3
I’m not a teacher but I’m curious… what all does a teach-in interview involve? Is it like being a teacher aide for a day or more observational than anything else?
Post # 4
I have to plan and teach a lesson for a 40 minute class period. So I have to turn in lesson plans and materials to them, and then teach this lesson for a 10th grade class. The two principals who are looking to hire will be in the class observing me. Basically, I just borrow a teacher’s class for a period!
Post # 5
Wahoo! Get it girl! Can’t wait to hear how it goes!
Post # 6
Holy crap! That is pretty significant!!
Congrats on snagging the interview and good luck! 🙂
Post # 6
Best of luck to you!
Good job (and teaching) vibes coming your way.
Post # 7
@Eva Peron: Thanks! I’ll be sure to update you all!
@Diet Coke: I know! I’m realllly nervous! I’ve been lesson planning for a few months now, but I’m still new to the whole teaching thing! Thanks for the well wishes!
Post # 8
I am not a teacher, but my mom is a principal and hired hundreds of people and she always liked teachers that ( i heard enough about the teachers that didnt do these things!)
1) knew how to make eye contact which means your back is not always to the class while writing.
2) knew how to explain things in different ways. So if a student didnt understand they didnt explain it the same way again. They took a different strategy.
3) used multiple methods of teaching, visual, hearing and tactical.
4) discussed the why, not just the what. Used reasoning and logic. IE why something happened in history and what it affected, not just the date of the war…
among others, but that is a good place to start.
Post # 9
@lefeymw: These are great to hear! Thanks!! Luckily, I do all of these things when I’m teaching, but it’s nice to see them reinforced here.
Post # 10
@Ms.GoodEarth: Congrats! That’s awesome! Sending positive energy your way. 🙂
I teach at a community college, so I can’t really speak to what a high school is looking for. But I will say that @lefeymw:‘s advice sounds spot on to me. The students I teach always like to know why the topic we are talking about is important, so in Biology the context seems to help a lot.