Teaching interview in the morning. Nervous wreck :(

posted 3 years ago in Career
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

You’ll know what to do once you’re there 🙂

Good luck!!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

In my experience they could care less about test scores, they just want you to pass. They’re way more interested in your hands on experience so have good examples from student teaching/practicum as to how you solved situations. Also I brought a bag with goodies I had created to help students such as a visual schedule, organizer to help with executive functioning, etc. to show I am creative and can think on my feet. I got my dream job with my first and only interview, you can do it!

Edit: Also mention any committees you were a part of such as PBIS as well as curriculum you’re familiar with, any assessments you have done (especially for SPED), IEP experience, help with FBAs or BSPs, etc. GOOD LUCK!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@OnceUponATime:  Yep. I would be careful pulling out too much of that stuff from your portfolio as everyone has those… Only pull what is relevent and shows you have greater intuition for your students than another teacher would. They love when you think outside of the box and can demonstrate it. I had all my letters of rec printed out too and resumes and all that jazz on hand in case as well. You will be fine! 😀 

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I have a really important interview tomorrow too :S Eeeek! I’m so scared.

Good luck with yours! 

Post # 9
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Worker bee

I’ve done a lot of hiring for teaching positions.  The top thing I look for is a candidate’s ability to handle themselves under pressure – be prepared to give specific examples of times when you’ve had a positive outcome in a conflict with parents, students, or coworkers.  Also, I look for a candidate who can explain really clearly what goes into a lesson.  If someone mentions objectives, vocabulary and a lot of opportunities for student response and informal assessment they always get my attention.  Good luck tomorrow!

 

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

In my experience, I’ve never had a potential employer ask to see my portfolio (which is midly annoying because we work so hard on those things!) Try and give an example for every question. I went on a lot of interviews, and once I started giving examples, I received a lot better feedback. What grade/level is it for?

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

Wishing you luck!! My FI starts his student teaching next week and he’s so nervous! I seriously commend you for going into Education!! You got this! 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I interviewed a lot this summer, and finally got a job, so all of this stuff is fresh in my mind! Make sure you talk about informal assesments, as well as fomal. Give an example of how you might use an informal assesment. Always bring it back to the fact that your lessons are data driven – so they know you rely on your own assesments to determine how well a lesson went and how to move forward to the next one. I am only 23 so I felt like I had a disadvantage being so young. If they ask about management, talk about positive reinforcement and how you focus on teaching good behavior rather than punishing.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@OnceUponATime:  good luck!!! I got hired after my 4th interview! try to not be so nervous. I’m sure you’ll do great!!! 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@OnceUponATime:  congrats!!! Well done! I too was hired on the spot of my first interview. Welcome to the club! 😉

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

@OnceUponATime:  Congrats! I just got my first teaching position like 2 weeks ago and I go in tomorrow for the first time to see my room. I hope your planning for the start of the year goes well!!!

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