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[teacherartexchange] Best interview ever!


Date: Sat Jul 01 2006 - 08:17:20 PDT

I had a wonderful interview at a great high school yesterday. It is one of
the best high schools in my area, and their ceramics teacher just left. When I
told them that I didn't have much experience in ceramics, they didn't seem to
care. They told me that the art department needs a breath of "fresh air" and
that they would be very willing to discuss changing the curriculum...perhaps
I could teach a course that would involve different materials each nine weeks,
with ceramics falling in the last nine weeks so that I would have time to
learn how to operate the kiln and such. The administration was so awesome and
friendly and fun. I have to say that it was the best interview I've ever had.
I was there for over an hour, and they seemed so impressed with me. I was
shocked. They seem ready to offer me a position. They just want to have me meet
the head of the department, who happens to be my brother's ex-teacher. I
feel so excited at the opportunity to work in a high school with more mature
students and the energy that fills a high school, yet I'm wondering, is this out
of my league? I only have one year of experience teaching elementary and
middle school. I will have to learn how to do ceramics in a very short time, but
I'm very willing to do so because it would be an excellent addition to my art
experience. I haven't used clay in many years. Should I just jump on it or am
I crazy to think I could handle high school? How different is high school?
My area is mostly drawing and painting, but I love the idea of giving students
more conceptual projects...or I had even thought about throwing the idea of
TAB out there since the administration seems so open to change right now. The
administration and the reputation of the school are really drawing me in. It
seems like they are really eager to breathe some new life into this
department. Plus I'd have my own room with a kiln! Any thoughts?

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