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Re: [teacherartexchange] getting a job


From: Anne Verrier Scatolini (avscatolini_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sat Aug 16 2008 - 15:38:20 PDT

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inquiry that " delays premature closure" the fear that keeps kids
On Aug 16, 2008, at 2:58 PM, Patricia Knott wrote:

> 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
> Patty
> 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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