So You Want to Be (or already are) an Online Educator?

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  1. catnfiddle

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! Thank you! And did I say thank you?
     
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    i have an interview with cava in 2 days

    so i applied and completed the assessment required by cava. i received a call yesterday to set up an interview. they want me to present a 10 min. lesson and then interview with a panel of 2 people. i'm not really sure what to expect. what are they looking for in the lesson? what are they going to ask during the interview? basic interview questions? subjects specific questions? both? i'm a bit nervous and could use some pointers if any of you have some.

    thanks
     
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    Congrats and Good Luck!!!!! :2up:
     
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    k2000y - are you applying for a K8 or HS position?

    Honestly, I believe they are very much in need of teachers right now and will probably look for anything. The ability to sound calm, confident, and reliable are probably big plusses. I wouldn't worry too much about trying to wow them with your lesson, as really, I hate to say, but if you're applying for a regular K-8th teacher position, you'll hardly do any actual teaching anyways. It's more about being able to support your classload of families. And by support, I mean that you will have to monitor progress and attendance, collect work samples, set up interventions/tutoring, administer testing, problem solve, repeatedly pester the hard-to-reach families to turn in paperwork, deal with compliance issues, etc. You'll be expected to teach a couple hours a week, but it will be an assigned topic and the .ppts will be provided to you.

    6 yrs ago, way back when I interviewed with CAVA I do remember them asking some questions about how I would explain an online task to a family who was confused. I also had to answer something about how to do some task in Word and some other computer program. It wasn't anything super challenging, but I think they just wanted to make sure that I had some level of computer competency. But CAVA has changed completely since then, so who knows what they ask now.

    Either way, good luck and I hope the job works out to be what you want! There are pros to CAVA and there are cons. You may PM me if you have any more questions. (I worked at CAVA for 5 years before switching to a different homeschool/online school this year)
     
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    I know I hardly ever post on A-to-Z now, but I joined this site 6 or 7 years ago and used to post a lot during my first year teaching (at a brick & mortar). Then I got a job at my virtual school and I remember catnfiddle as being the resident online teaching expert even back then.

    I can't believe that I'm in my 6th year in the online teaching world either! My how time flies; I've now had two kids in that time too! It's such an interesting little bubble, as it's not like any of us ever went to school to teach online; we kind of had to carve out our own roles.
     
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    i'm applying for a hs position.
     
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    thanks again.
     
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    You will be amazing. I'd ask them what kind of software they use for recording your lessons for asynchronous learners (ie those who never show up for your live sessions). Most of the time, I record those live sessions (Collaborate or WebEx) and make them available in a recording library. Other times, I use something called Screencast O Matic Pro and make embeddable mp4s of myself teaching a lesson.
     
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    cat

    thanks for the support. cross your fingers for me.
     
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    Oh, I've only recently learned about screencastomatic and it's pretty awesome!
     
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    Oh, but CAVA uses Blackboard (aka Collaborate, aka Elluminate; they are all the same thing) and you will do your recordings in Blackboard too.
     
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    just finished the interview with cava

    huh. it was oddly simple. i expected more probing questions. it was just basic teacher interview questions.
     
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    That's a little surprising. With my first interview, I also had to take a basic Microsoft Office aptitude test. Maybe that was just my school in particular? What kind of questions did you ask your interviewer?
     
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    Anyone here know anything about George Washington University Online High School?
     
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    they started off with about 5 basic teacher interview questions like: what's your philosophy on teaching, how do you integrate technology in your lessons, why should we hire you, etc. etc.. and then i presented my 10min. lesson. afterwards, they continued with, i would say, about 10-12 more questions. all were basic teacher interview questions. examples include: what do you consider a strength/ weakness, how do you keep track of your schedule, how do you handle pressure/give examples, do you work well with others/team player, how do you handle an angry parent,...etc.
    btw. i just got a call this afternoon. they offered me a full time position at the hs. starting nov 3rd. isn't that crazy??!!
     
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    i did have to take a gen. aptitude test too. but i guess i must have done ok. anyhow thanks for all your helpful suggestions.
     
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    Congratulations, k2000y!
     
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    That's WONDERFUL! Hoping you have a solid mentor when you start, because there is a steep technology learning curve. I didn't have a good mentor until my second year, so I struggled a lot until I figured out things on my own.

    What subject and grade will you be teaching?
     

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