Thursday, September 1, 2011
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Hmmm..., thought that interview went well. Except for the part when I got a little choked up at the end, but that's because it seemed like it was going so well and it would be a great grade at a great school in a great district and I. Want. The. Job. Otherwise I thought I was confident, spoke clearly, used relevant examples, had nothing stuck in my teeth... But the ol' lack of experience probably cost me. Someday.
Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Another interview tomorrow. 5th grade. My friend/mentor suggested I write out answers to possible questions, including how to sum up who I am as an Educator and what talent/skill/attributes I would bring to a classroom...
- Experience with children in many forms: parent of 3 boys, (5th/9th/12th, loud/quiet/goofy, GATE, ADHD); parent volunteer at school, sports, cub scouts; football and basketball coach Kinder through HS; Substitute Teacher K-9; P.E. Teacher K-8; English Learners to Gifted... so I've seen 'em all and from every angle, I understand how to communicate, how to listen, how to motivate, how to instruct, how to help them reach their full potential.
- Communication skills -- the ability to listen well, to express thoughts and intentions clearly, to find a new and/or different way to say something if needed; customer service expert, parent liaison, project group presenter...
Well-Read: In an eclectic sense. Last 10 books I've read, largely while waiting by the phone like a teenage girl, pouncing on it before the first ring has finished, trying to control my hyperventilation while sounding cool and teacher-like as I say "Sure, I'd love to stop by for an interview"...
- A Nation Rising -- American History
- Bigger Than the Game -- sports, culture, and marketing
- The Neverending Story -- classic children's fantasy lit
- Marooned -- music
- The Martian Child -- adoption of a troubled child
- Making the Grade -- 3rd and 4th grade editions
- Meanwhile Back at the Ranch and
- Baltimore Blues -- both mysteries
- 101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies -- humorous children's
- Writing Sense -- writing for ELL