I just wanted to add my 2 cents to your comments regarding interviews.
YIKES! I had some of the same experiences! We had two sets of interviews.
there were four in the first group. the first woman was in her advanced
years ( is that pc?) and she had no idea about DBAE or what a rubric was or
how to evaluate student work. She did bring samples of student work -not
bad-and her work-very crafty. the second one was a male. I thought great,
we need another male elem teacher. He came in with five brief cases and two
portfolios! He was dressed to the nines in a suit/tie/the works-except for
one thing-He forgot to put his suspenders on his shoulders so they and his
pants were hanging down to his knees!! I don' know how I kept a straight
face! I couldn't look at my headmaster either. Poor guy. He was way too
honest too. He stated that he relocated to NJ because he couldnt pass the
North Carolina teachers test! took it 4 times! Yikes! Then he added that
he'd sent out 50 resumes and we were the only ones to give him an interview (
what did we miss?0
The third one was very professional seh also was in a suit, talked with her
hand to her shest and never looked up! Kept referring to how professional
HER program was? Her bullitin boards always reflected this. Well of course
they did-she did it all- no student work! she Knew all about DBAE and using
rubrics, But my first take is that she would scare small children. heck-she
the last one had wonderful student work, gave all the right answers. etc, we
offerred her the job and she declined for another school.
the second group was worse! Help!!!!
I know that was waaaay more than 2 cents worth, more like $1.75
Thanks for listening