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RE: experience vs cost

From: Patricia Knott (pknott)
Date: Sun Jul 02 2000 - 12:11:38 PDT

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    The interviewing process is a funny thing. And yes, sometimes it is cost.
    It seems the trend is to get the those on the lowest end of the pay scale.

    On the other hand, please be aware that verbal skills are very important. I
    have been interviewing for the past couple of weeks and I can't believe how
    unprepared the interviewees are. Recent graduates that have no idea about
    current educational jargon, consulting written notes to answer questions,
    forgetting the question...I can go on and on.
    Be prepared. Have a portfolio of student work as well as your own. (I want
    to know that someone I am hiring someone who has skills, and I've seen some
    pretty bad ones. ) Be professional.

    Questions the principal asks:

    What is your strategy for classroom management? (They don't want kids being
    sent to the office)
    How do use cooperative learning? (Please don't say that everything in art
    is cooperative, like sharing supplies. Have a lesson (whether you use it or
    not) that shows that the kids are sharing the responsibility for a common
    plan. There are many strategies for design projects that incorporate group
    thinking and cooperation.
    Have you worked with an IEP? If you don't know this is - Individual
    Educational Program. For special education, legally binding. If you don't
    know find out quick. It is a given her in PA, but I'm shocked at art
    education graduates that have no idea.
    How do you engage the parents in the program? Newsletters, phone calls (oh
    the principal loves to hear that you make phone calls) after school
    programs, etc.
    How will you use technology? It may not be universal, but most districts
    have across the board infusion of computers. Don't say you use the computer
    for your personal use. Even if the resources are limited, come up with some
    student use.
    Why should I hire you? I had a candidate say the other day "because I'm

    As an art specialist, in on the interviews, I want to know that you have
    some knowledge of the standards. Now this is state by state, but it is up
    to you to know what is current in the district you are applying for. I want
    to see that you are engaging the students in thinking skills. using fair
    assessment ( I have interviewed people that don't know what a rubric is )
    I don't want to see "cookie cutter" lessons. I want to see personal
    expression, I want to see something that isn't from the pages of Art and
    Activities, I want to see that the person I am interviewing can bring
    insight and articulation to the process.

    From personal experience. I worked any years in business before becoming a
    teacher. In business it was all about what I had done, produced, what I
    could do for the company. And, my price was negotiable. Seems to me in
    education, it's about GPA's and who can we get that is good for the
    cheapest price, not what you have accomplished. I know, I subbed for a year
    in my position, and was going to be "looked over" but I actually begged for
    the job. I had 20 years of life and art experience at entry level salary,
    what more could they want ? It worked, and I guess they are not sorry,
    because now I am the department head.

    Getting a job is a funny thing in any business. Unfortunately it often
    depends on some one's whim. I feel for those of you looking. But if you
    are good, something will come along. Believe me. But you've got to have
    some moxie and show why you are the best. Speak up, be proud, be confident
    and FIGHT.

    One question
    Here where I live and the salaries are excellent, if you are not in it for
    the money what are you in it for? I'm serious about this question. I
    started teaching because I thought I would have time to do my own art, aside
    from the fact that I wanted to "give something back." I am consumed with
    teaching and haven't produced anything.. Why do we do it? I have a good
    salary and excellent benefits, why do I keep putting my soul into this?



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