Interview today!

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  1. Teaching Grace

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    Good luck!! You could do a grammar lesson where it's more interactive. I think it's called Verb Smash... something like that. It's in the Mechanically Inclined by Jeff Anderson.
     
  2. AMK

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    Good Luck tomorrow!
     
  3. smalltowngal

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    Good luck tomorrow, Jem!
     
  4. Jem

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    Jem, I hope all goes well with your lesson. Best wishes to you.
     
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    This sounds just pErFeCt!!! I'll think of you at 1:30 sharp tomorrow!

    A 10 minute lesson?? Jeez, that sounds challenging. But you can do it!!
     
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    Good luck!
     
  8. Jem

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    Thanks, guys! I'm getting ready right now. I made copies this morning of letters of rec, my resume, my philosophy, certifications, etc., and I'm putting together packets. My lesson is ready to be typed up-it's a 4 part lesson. The kids start by learning about area/perimeter with graph paper. Then they get a challenge from me-they have x amount of space to build a raised garden in, and have to design garden beds that will fit. They have to have so much room to walk around them, etc, and they have to use the least amount of supplies possibles (all the details are laid out for them). So then they get more graph paper to play with, and when they think they know what they want to do, I'll give them popsickle sticks or really thin dowels to cut up and make a mini-model out of. Once they've done that, we'll go outside with string and stakes, and they will actually measure out and place their 'boxes' to see if did it. If the school wanted, they could then invite the parents to join us on a Saturday morning to build the boxes and create a school garden.

    I don't actually have to TEACH the lesson, as this is a week-long project. I'm just talking about it. I'm pretty excited-I love the project aspect of it, and I'm really glad I'm doing math.
     
  9. Teaching Grace

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    Sounds fantastic! The kids will love it!!
     
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    Hope it went well!
     
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    Jem, sounds like a fun lesson and I can't wait to hear the details.
     
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    How did it go Jem??
     
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    Jem-that sounds like a great lesson!!! Hopefully it went well!
     
  14. Jem

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    The interview went smashingly.

    I got there a few minutes late, as the dude driving down the two lane road to get there was going 20 miles an hour. Literally. And the road is very long and very windy. Grrr.

    But get there I did. The 1/2 teacher was there, the 3/4 teacher was there, the 7/8 teacher was there and the director was there. They asked me 8 questions, and luckily gave me a list of them to look at while they asked them. This is important, because I often forget the question after it's been asked. I don't know if it's stupidity or my ADHD, but I have terrible time with my short-term memory. I think the questions went well. I knocked it out of the park with the 'what book study or unit would you like to do with the kids'. I told them Narnia, with an author study on C. S. Lewis, taking a look at how his views on spirituality and religion shaped the moral tones in his books. I said I would bring in history, as WWI had a huge effect on his writing, as well as his friendship with Token. Students could study the relationship between Narnia and Middle Earth, and draw parallels/find differences while studying the Lewis/Tolken friendship. I said you could even bring in science and research parallel universes and time travel, etc. The weird thing is, all that just kind of spilled out. I hadn't planned about any of that ahead of time, and I hadn't even thought about Lewis/Tolken since my mom and I heard a radio interview on their friendship back when I was in middle school. Sometimes the brain does funny things. I was so stunned by my answer that I had to come home and google it to make sure Tolken and Lewis really WERE friends. They are. I'm weird.

    They liked my lesson a lot, and we finished with so much time that I got a chance to walk them through my portfolio and ask them a bit about their classrooms. When the director saw me to my car, she kept saying the lesson was fabulous and I did really well and she didn't know how I just came to find them but was really happy, etc. She said she already knows she wants me to come in next week to teach a lesson to the kids, and will be calling me with a date and time.

    I'm very happy, but also EXHAUSTED. It's like all the stress of the last week has suddenly hit me like a mac truck. Moving, interviews, dh's job stress-bam. I've been laying on the couch reading random blogs for the last hour, and now I have to unpack a few boxes so I can go over to our old condo and get the dishes. Fun, fun!
     
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    Well, your life is not boring!
     
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    Jem-that's amazing!!!!!! And I think you are destined to work in this school when something as trivial as a friendship between two authors that you haven't heard in years finds itself in an interview answer many years later. I wish you the best of luck in the next round. I wonder how many other candidates they have for the next round. Good luck!
     
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    That sounds great, Jem! I'm so excited for you!
     
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    Yea, Jem!
     
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    Really, who DOES have a boring life? Isn't a busy time of year for us all? I feel like this year just flew- family, work, professional learning, outside interests...I think if we had a real 'peek' into each other's lives we'd be amazed at how much we ALL juggle, do, enjoy, accomplish. ;)

    Life is too short to be bored...spice it up!! :rolleyes:
     
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    Jem, wow! I'm so impressed, as usual, with the way you synthesize tons of information bouncing around your head into a concrete, cohesive idea. Those people at the school are lucky they found you.
     

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