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Date: Sat Jul 21 2001 - 13:47:28 PDT

Dear Group,
       My principal asked me to sit in on the interviews for the the new art
position at my my high school I took part in seven interviews. I was
shocked at how unprepared these people were even though their resumes were
beautiful. My principal asked each applicant to tell about a lesson they
would teach. Only one could. The rest were very vague saying something like
I'd start with drawing and then we'd paint. He also asked all about their
rules and procedures. One lady said that she would have to wait until she
saw what the students looked like before she decided. Another said I will
tell them to keep it to a dull roar and clean up what they mess up.
       When asked why they applied for the job, one said that she thought it
would be easier than the business world. Another said that there just aren't
too many talented kids in middle school so he wanted to have a go at high
       I asked each candidate if they were familiar with DBAE, only one had
ever heard of it. I also asked how they would assess work. One said that
she didn't believe in grades since all art was valid. I asked about using a
rubric and she truly didn't have a clue.
       One man brought a styrofoam coffe cup, another lady came in shorts.
None of them brought any student work to show. Most brought a portfolio of
their own work. I know that some had not taught before, but most of them had
previous teaching experience. The person that had the best portfolio was the
worst candidate.

       My principal was very concerned about what they new about the "art of
teaching" not about art. When I interviewed last year he was very impressed
with my portfolio of student work and told me from looking at it along with a
copy of my rules and consequences he new I could teach.
       I found the process very interesting and thought those of you who are
interviewing might benefit from what I saw and heard.
       Of all the people that interviewed it boiled down to just two. One
was a new teacher fresh out of college that had loads of enthusiasm along
with projects she's made that she would use as example lessons. The other is
a veteran elementary teacher that would bring loads of experience. He wanted
the weekend to decide. I could work with either so I'll be happy either way