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Re: [teacherartexchange] getting a job


From: Patricia Knott (pknott_6_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 16 2008 - 14:58:50 PDT

Thanks Jeff,

  The principal who generated these questions is /was ( she retired
this year) very savvy at spotting the best candidates and also very
very good at being a mentor once the candidate got in place. Just
between us, I have interviewed way too many who were art "flakes" and
couldn't answer the big questions. Can't tell you how many times a
principal has said to me after an interview -- no way.

But I have also been in interviews where the principal questions were
lame. So I hope maybe these good questions will get passed on.

  I have one more week and I'm scrambling to make a department agenda
for the first day. I have a good department , I just try to make
them better. I'm struggling with an attitude that just because a kid
is in art he/she will be creative. I'm trying to figure just how we
assess "originality" and don't penalize the kids who don't have clue.
I'm convinced that so many kids have always been told - no- that fear
is a driving factor in them not making a choice. Nomatter what we
do to make them comfortable , they only want to please.

if I was a mean coordinator, I would make a rubric that evaluated my
teacher's lessons and expectations.

Always enjoy your posts


On Aug 16, 2008, at 5:30 PM, Jeff Pridie wrote:

> Patty,
> 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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