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RE: interviews


From: Berg, Renee (Renee.Berg_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Jul 22 2001 - 18:19:14 PDT

Dear Susie and Group, Here is the other end of the interview. My husband
and I, both teachers, decided after 13 years in one school district to look
for jobs closer to family. We went to interviews in a large school district
in Nebr. I brought a lap top with my powerpoints, rubrics, discipline plans
and pictures of student examples. They did not want to take the time to
look. We talked for an hour and I was offered the job the next day, but felt
leery after the interview due to the questions not asked. I think schools
are starting to just get desperate for a warm body. We stayed where we are,
for now. Bergie
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Sent: Saturday, July 21, 2001 3:47 PM
To: ArtsEdNet Talk
Subject: Re:interviews

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
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
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
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
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
a veteran elementary teacher that would bring loads of experience. He
the weekend to decide. I could work with either so I'll be happy either way