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Re: [teacherartexchange] getting a job


From: Jeff Pridie (jeffpridie_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 16 2008 - 14:30:50 PDT


Thank you for sharing these. I passed them on to other department heads and particularly my administrators. A nice broad spectrum of questions to get a good feel for the candidate.

Jeff (Minnesota)

--- On Sat, 8/16/08, Patricia Knott <> wrote:

> From: Patricia Knott <>
> Subject: [teacherartexchange] getting a job
> To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group" <>
> Cc: "Art Education" <>
> Date: Saturday, August 16, 2008, 3:18 PM
> often questions come up on these lists about job interviews
> I was just cleaning up my "books" getting ready
> to return to school
> in another week and found these interview questions. I am
> an art
> coordinator K-12 and these questions came from one of my
> most
> favorite elementary principals and one of the best at
> making good
> judgments about teacher potential. I don't think she
> would mind if I
> published her questions.
> 1. What is your educational background?
> 2. Describe some characteristics of an effective art
> teacher?
> 3. What did you do to prepare for this interview?
> 4. What are the 3 most important skills or ideas all
> students should
> learn from an art curriculum?
> 5. How do you know students are learning?
> 6. How would you integrate communication skills in the art
> program?
> how do you make connections to other learning?
> 7. What kind of behavior pushes your buttons?
> 8. What is an effective lesson? ( Example of objective)
> 9. How do you deal with the diversity of types of learners
> in a class
> ( When and how would you differentiate a lesson?)
> 10. How do you teach problem solving in the art curriculum?
> 11. Talk about your experience with technology
> 12. What would you say to a parent that challenges the way
> you teach?
> ( how do you communicate with parents)
> 13. Who has had the most influence on your thinking and
> philosophy?
> and why?
> 14. What do you uniquely have to offer the school
> community?
> 15. Is there a question you wished we would have asked and
> didn't?
> 16. What questions do you have for us?
> For those of you struggling -- keep your eyes open at this
> time of
> year. Often right before school starts there are
> resignations and
> additions to be made. LAst year i had to hire the day
> before school
> started.
> I will admit I am not a good interviewer. I get caught up
> in
> portfolios and evidence that the teacher has skills and
> knows how to
> bring results from the kids in open -ended problem solving.
> Sometimes
> I don't "hear" the bigger teacher questions.
> But I must say that I
> have interviewed many many and most times what turns me
> off is the
> art candidate who can't "focus" on the
> question and gets all wrapped
> up in art stuff that make principal eyes glaze over.
> I did a lot of hiring last year and I'm very proud to
> say I got some
> great people. If I had to make a bottom line it was ENERGY,
> and
> genuineness. We all look for a professional attitude and
> the ability
> to answer all questions without big hesitations. If I had
> to pick
> one quality I think all teachers need , it's the
> ability to make
> decisions on the spot. I do this a zillion times a day.
> If you
> can't express that quality in an interview, then I have
> to question
> how you respond to 25-30 kids all asking questions at the
> same time.
> Be smart- know all the current jargon. Show that you will
> do
> anything. Focus on the teacher skills. It's a tough
> market and it's a
> crap shoot -- really!
> I've been in interviews with principals where
> everything focusses on
> management and interviews when the art is really a concern.
> It
> doesn't matter which way it goes -- they are looking to
> see how adept
> and adaptable you are.
> Patty
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