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Re: [teacherartexchange] Second interview


From: Barb Felsecker (felsecker_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jul 05 2006 - 17:41:09 PDT

When I was interviewed, the most important questions they wanted answered is
how I dealt with discipline in my classroom. And, they gave me scenarios
and I was to answer what my reaction would be and how would I handle it.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Patricia Knott" <>
To: "TeacherArtExchange Discussion Group"
Sent: Wednesday, July 05, 2006 7:12 PM
Subject: Re: [teacherartexchange] Second interview

> On Jul 5, 2006, at 6:39 PM, wrote:
>> I was hoping to be able to ask some art-related questions at my
>> interview
>> because I was supposed to meet the other art teacher today, but she
>> didn't show
>> up to the interview! Apparently, she forgot, which kind of upset me
>> because
>> I'd like to know who I would be working with, and it just didn't seem
>> professional.
> Staci and all in the position of interviewing,
> Sometimes little hints like the one offered by Staci above indicate a
> possible area for concern. The teacher may have had a legitimate reason
> for forgetting, but as a department head and interviewer I found the faux
> pas a bit unforgiveable. That lack of respect from the other art
> teacher would make me very suspect.
> I know exactly how stressful job hunting is. I've been there many many
> times
> My advice-
> make some decisions and be clear, confident and decisive.
> Always say what you can do for the program. Don't wait for them to change
> the curriculum. Give them a viable unit. You can't be wishy- washy. Show
> a lesson plan that incorporates all the essentials including assessment.
> Don't show that you have little experience with high school or ceramics.
> Make up something exciting then figure out how to do it later.
> My experience with administrators is that care diddly squat about your
> art abilities. They want to know how you will engage all the kids in an
> art experience-- especially those kids that constantly say "I can't."
> They want to know how you will make all kids successful.
> Forgive me for saying this but we art teachers have a reputation. We
> are thought of as global, unorganized, flaky, and crazy. My worst
> interviews were with people who went on and on about their own abilities
> and failed to convey how they could help kids. My worst interviews were
> with people who could not focus on questions asked, and rambled and
> stumbled. My worst interviews were with people that hadn't done some
> homework on my school and our needs.
> use education jargon
> offer all your time, be prepared to say yes to any after school
> activities
> propose new ideas
> be calm cool and confident
> tell them what you can offer, don't wait for them to ask
> Job hunting in all markets is fret-filled. Often choices are made
> without knowing the whys.
> I always believe whatever happens--- it's for a reason.
> Good luck to all those facing these stressful job hunting times
> Patty
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