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Lesson Plans

Interview "Know How"

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Wed, 8 Dec 1999 17:22:14 EST

Yes, all very good suggestions for topics to know about and be able to
discuss--DBAE, classroom management, curriculum, assessment, your current
resume, portfolios, photos, and references.
Another tip--Know something about the interviewer..the principal,
superintendent or curriculum person. I don't mean idle gossip monging,
either. See if you can gain any positive, constructive information about
that person's alma mater, experience in the field of education, or
philosophies of education. You need to discover if you will feel compatible
with this person as your supervisor. Try to ask open ended questions (when
given the opportunity) to see if this person will become a positive influence
for you in your day to day working relationship.
Be prepared for the supervisor who asks you rather "bizarre"
questions, too. Of course, there are some questions that they can't legally
ask--those which have no basis at all to your work experience or
abilities--but are for one reason or another, considered by some to be the
"in" thing to do when interviewing someone to gain an insight into that
person's personality. What kinds of questions, you might ask? I had one
principal ask me, "If you could only select one color from these choices,
which would it be?" The choices were: red, yellow, blue, green. This same
person asked me, "If I were to look in the trunk of your car, what would I
find?" I made it through his first round draft pick, and went before a
committee of other teachers so they could fire questions at me as well.
Their recommendations had to agree before anyone could be hired. End
result--I was offered another job which suited me a lot more than I believe
this one would have....Just a thought, you know.

Good luck,

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