Post # 1
Hello everyone! I am newbie.. newbee! I actually joined because I am currently in waiting… been with my SO for 3.5 years and we have had a few serious talks about marriage and I am over the moon excited! However, like the title says I am a recent graduate and an aspiring teacher and I have my first interview tomorrow for a second grade position. I have barely been able to sleep since I got the call on Tuesday I am so nervous! My SO and I are currently moving back to my home state and I am really excited. We move at the end of July and it would be so amazing to have a job lined up before we move!
Any suggestions, tips, or support would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 2
- Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa
shakeyourhips: I’m not a teacher, but I would imagine going in with some kind of curiculum (sp) specific to the second grade and a game plan of how to teach each subject/topic would be beneficial. I know that districts have their own curiculae(?), but I think going in with a plan specific to that grade would make you look very prepared, which is something a new grad needs.
Post # 3
make sure to research the school before going in – demographics, ethnicities, what programs do they use to help teach reading/math, etc (and familiarize yourself with those programs). Find out as much as you can about how they do what they do 🙂
Post # 4
- Research the specific curriculum your school/district is using: do you have experience with those programs? Speak to your knowledge of these programs in your interview
- Be prepared to talk about how you partner with families: how do you show your families that you are meeting their child’s individual needs?
- Assessment! How do you know your students are understanding and showing proficiency in the standards, and how do you help students who are struggling or broadening in that standard? How do you track data and use it?
- Classroom management: what are your favorite tricks and tips? How do you set up a classroom community built for success?
- Collaboration: be prepared to share how you best collaborate, challenges and successes
Just a few questions to get you started. Be prepared with great questions of your own about the school, show you know a lot about the school so spend some time on their website/social media, and then smile a lot! Good luck!!
Post # 5
Definitely have a portfolio of sample lesson plans with you. Research the school so you can discuss any programs they have in place. Look up sample interview questions geared towards teaching interviews so you can think of responses ahead of time. Know about your state assessments/common core so you can freely talk about them if they happen to come yup (they probably will). Most importantly smile and let your personality come through. When I interviewed for my teaching position 3 years ago I had to sit in on a panel interview which was insanely intimidating. However, I made sure to make eye contact and smile at each person on the interview committee. My then department head told me that made me stand out because it showed I would be a team player and easy to get along with. Towards the end of the interview ask questions like “do you offer a mentor program for new teachers” and “what kind of parent involvement do you typically see here?” If you would like to be a sponsor or coach of anything let them know then. It shows you’re willing to be involved and invested in the school. I just realized this is getting a little rambling so I’ll wrap it up by saying good luck and send a thank you card to the principal when you finish the interview!