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Re: [teacherartexchange] Interview tomorrow


From: Diane C. Gregory (dianegregory_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Wed Jun 14 2006 - 19:09:15 PDT

I would ask why there is an opening, rather than why is the art teacher leaving.
 This may be a new position and that no one is leaving. Be diplomatic about
this question...wait until you get into the conversation more. Usually the
principal will tell you so you don't have to ask such an awkward question. I
would interview them like they are going to interview you. I would ask
questions about their educational philosophy, budgets, existing equipment,
evidence that they support the art program, goals/visions of the program and
how they see art fitting into the total school program. Ask for a written
curriculum...if there is skeptical.

Dr. Diane C. Gregory
Director, Undergraduate & Graduate
Studies in Art Education
Texas Woman's University
Denton, TX  76204
> Eeek, I have an interview tomorrow.  I got a call today for an art position
> at an elementary school.  I drove down there tonight, and it looks like a
> really nice big school.  It's an "A" school and is 10 miles closer than my
> school.
> I've heard great things about the principal too.  So, why am I feeling kind
> of guilty?  I'm nervous because I wasn't expecting any calls so soon, and I
> don't feel prepared!  My portfolio is not as finished as I'd like, but it
> will
> have to do.  So far, I plan on asking why the teacher is leaving, what grades
> I
> will teach, how many per class, how many classes per day...and of course I'll
> want to see the room.  Anything else I should ask?  Should I ask what they
> expect from the art program?
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