I fully realize that had I given this second blog post to myself as a homework assignment, the results would be less than... impressive. But, it IS summer and that means we teachers are busy with housework, family time, and gearing up for next year! So I have a really good excuse.
I posted some strategies for acing a teaching interview! As promised, here are two more to help you prepare for those end-of-summer-last-minute interviews!
Tip #3: Know your 'stuff '
You've read articles. You've read books. You've read professors'
dirty looks. And now you, little bird, are flying from the nest.
So in the interview, make sure you know what you're talking
about. You can't fake it when you're in room with six seasoned
professionals staring at you. As the questions roll in, you're going to
want to have the right information to draw from. No one wants to hear you use a buzz word out of context!
You'll have to sift
through all that information in your brain to make sense of what they're asking you --
and you'll need to consider what your education and experience has led
you to believe about them. Basically, have a solid knowledge base AND an opinion about important topics.
Some common interview topics:
- strategies for English Learners
classroom management styles
- parental involvement
- planning and using assessments
- using assessments and data to guide instruction
- managing small group
- integrating technology
- interventions for Reading and English
But don't forget! School districts can ask you about anything they feel
is important to their school culture and climate (See Tip #1).
#4: Showcase that you LOVE teaching
Teachers work long and hard and long and hard and long... and
hard. And Lord knows we don't do it for the annual bonuses. You have
to love it, or you'll burn out and end up changing careers. If you
really don't love it, you're probably not interviewing past a couple of
rejections. But if you do love it, and I think most of us do, you
really need to show it in the interview!
When you are in the interview, be
enthusiastic. Be positive about teaching and students. Get excited to
share successful lessons and units that you've taught. Discuss how your
student teaching experiences have really made you passionate about
student learning (and they should have!) Talk about the great ideas you
have - ideas you'd love to implement... if only you had your own
Your excitement and enthusiasm should be contagious. Get the
interviewers excited about working with you. Make them feel like you'd
be invaluable on their team.
I should also mention that Jenny from Luckeyfrog's Lilypad commented on my last blog post that an interviewee should also be ready to discuss a few recent books he/she has read about teaching. I think that's another GREAT idea!
So, fellow bloggers, any great books you can recommend? Any other interview topics to help our future teammates?