Week #4: The End is Only the Beginning –Unit Planning, Job Interviews, Subbing, 1st Year Teaching, and Being a Professional
Critical Evidence for the Week & Beyond Midterm Exam and Synthesis Paper (Today) Course Participation Rubric and Self Reflection Email with portfolio link (Thursday) Letter to my Future Self (Thursday) Integrated Unit Showcase (Thursday) Exit Job Interview (Feb 4th or 5th) Integrated Unit (due Friday, Feb. 8th) Practicum Final Evaluation TQS and Interim Teacher Certificate Teaching Degree
Are you ready…..for change?Are you ready…..to change? Again? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjJg9NfTXos
Table Discussions: Coming down from the balcony Why do you REALLY want to be a teacher? How have you changed in the last two years? What else do YOU need to do to become a professional? What else do WE need to do to truly become a Professional Learning Community? Who has influenced you to be the teacher you are today? Doing: Write a letter to me from your “future self” ten years in the future. Who are you now?
Interviewers Want to Know... …how well you meet the requirements of the teaching profession. ...how interested you are in teaching. ...how well you will “fit” within the school culture. ...what the advantages are of hiring you over someone else.
Interviewees Want to Know... …how well the position and school board suit their needs and goals. …what the employer has to offer them. …what the advantages are of working for this school board as opposed to others.
Success in an interview dependsupon… …your knowledge about yourself, especially your skills and interests related to teaching. …your knowledge of the position and school board. …your understanding of why you are suited to the teaching position. …your interview skills.
Some Skills Required for Teaching Communication Patience and Conflict resolution understanding Evaluation Problem solving Group facilitation Program planning Interpersonal Public speaking Motivation Record keeping Organization Supervision
Preparing for the Interview Start with a self-assessment Learn as much as you can about the position responsibilities skills and qualifications required Learn as much as you can about the school/school board
Researching School Boards Find out: The size and location of the school district. The mission/vision statement, goals and objectives of the school board. Unique features of the school district and the specific schools within the district. Regulations and policies within the district. Any major challenges/issues the school district currently may face. Other information?
Researching School Boards Where/How? CaPS Resource Centre Discipline-Specific Section - Education Education Career Fair hosted by CaPS annually Alberta Teacher Association Website Provincial departments of education Call the school board and ask for information Internet
More Interview Preparation Tips Compare what you know about yourself with what you know about the position and organization Prepare some questions to ask Practice, practice, practice Find out as much as you can about the interviewers and interview process Review the application you submitted for the position and your teaching portfolio
Still More Interview Preparation Tips Get your “interview kit” ready Teaching Portfolio Pad of paper and a pen/pencil Name and phone number of the interviewer in case you’re delayed List of questions to ask the interviewer Copy of your application documents List of references and copies of reference letters to give at the interview. Get a good night’s sleep and eat something about an hour before the interview
Stages of the InterviewStage 1 Opening the InterviewStage 2 Exchange of InformationStage 3 Closing the Interview
Stage 1: Opening the Interview Introductions Establishing rapport Setting the agenda
Making a Favourable First Impression Dress appropriately. Look clean and well groomed. Be punctual. Greet the interviewer(s) with enthusiasm. Smile and be friendly to everyone. Make eye contact. Don’t be afraid to make small talk. Dress for Success: What not to wear? What to wear for men ? And women?
Stage 2:Exchange of Information Be prepared to ask questions as well as provide answers to the interviewers’ questions Sit comfortably Be aware of non-verbal communication What does your body language and voice tell the interviewer? What does the interviewers’ body language tell you?
Some Sure Signs the Interviewer’s Attention is Wandering shuffling papers sighing finger tapping legs repeatedly changing hands playing with position things picking lint off clothes eyes down or glazed picking lint off your over clothes (do something looking at watch/clock quick!!) scratching head lying back in chair (Source: The Student Guide to Job Hunting by Francois Cote)
Interview Questions Structured format questions are pre-determined all applicants are asked the same questions questions tend to be specific Unstructured format each applicant may be asked different questions depending on the direction of the interview which is not pre- determined questions tend to be broad, general
Directive Interview Question The interviewer determines the focus of your answer. “What principles do you use to motivate students?” “What additional subjects, apart from your area of specialization, would you feel confident to teach and at what level?”
Non-Directive Interview Question You determine the focus of your answer. “Tell me about yourself.”
Hypothetical Interview Question The interviewer describes a situation and asks how you WOULD react if in a similar situation. “Suppose you are meeting with a parent who is very upset about his/her son’s marks. How would you handle this situation?” “What would you do if you found that your ideas and those of your principal differed?
Behaviour Descriptive Interview(BDI) Question The interviewer asks what you DID do in a specific type of situation. “Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a student with behavioral problems. How did you help to resolve it? What did you learn?”
Stress Interview Question The interviewer intentionally introduces stress into the interview to see how well you react under pressure. “If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?”
Answering Interview Questions Think first, answer second Ask for clarification if necessary Focus on your skills and achievements Provide specific examples. Draw on work and non-work related experiences Turn negatives into positives Demonstrate good communication skills
Stage 3 Closing the Interview Ask questions you have prepared that were not answered during the course of the interview Summarize you most relevant skills and qualities Find out what happens next Thank the interviewer(s)
Leaving a Positive Lasting Impression If invited to ask questions, do so but refrain from asking questions that have already been answered that could be answered with a little research about salary and benefits Summarize your relevant skills and qualities Remain upbeat from beginning to end Drop off a thank you card or note the day after the interview
If two applicants were equal in education and experience, what traits would influence you to hire one over the other?44% Ability to get along with others42% Communication Skills29% Confidence28% Motivation/Ambition18% Leadership Ability15% Enthusiasm11% Maturity10% Learning Ability
Negative Factors Leading to Rejection Poor personal appearance Limp, fishy hand-shake Overbearing, overaggressive, conceited Indecision Inability to express oneself clearly Unhappy personal life Lack of planning/vision for career Friction with other people Lack of interest and enthusiasm, passive Sloppy application form Lack of confident and poise, nervousness Cover letter/resume with errors Failure to participate in activities Merely shopping around attitude Overemphasis on money Picky – wants job only for a short time Poor scholastic record Little sense of humor Unwilling to start at the bottom Long winded Makes excuses Impatient, doesn’t want as directed Lack of tact Arrives late or “just on time” Lack of maturity Bad breath (e.g. smokers beware) Lack of courtesy, poor manners Multiple piercings, tatoos Condemnation of past employers etc. etc. Dislike for school work Fails to look interviewer in the eye