Many of you know I really didn't like the teaching position I was in this last semester. I posted about it at the beginning, but haven't said much lately. It didn't get any better, so I'm now looking for a new job.
I just scheduled my fourth interview in less than 2 weeks. This one is only 2 miles from my house and at a school that has a lot of military children (which is similar to where I worked for 3.5 years). The only thing different is that this interview is for a kindergarten and a first grade job (two different positions). I've only taught 3rd and 5th, so I'm a little nervous. Does anyone have any tips for these grade levels? Thanks in advance!
For K: they may ask how you would go about teaching basic reading and/or writing. They may ask about your approach to discipline or how you will handle children who may never have been in school before.
For 1st: You may again get asked about approach to discipline. You may also be asked how you would handle multileveled readers in your class since you can have a wide array of abilities in one room.
Differentiation- high and low
Literacy block- what would I see
Math block- how do you teach it
Special education experience?
feelings on Inclusion- Including SpEd- severe and emo disturbed
Parent involvement- home school communication links
I had two interviews for this position these are the notes from my first one- I must have more notes somewhere else. I will keep looking and I will see if I can find my notes from interview 2.
Last year obviously was my first year interviewing for a teaching job and of course I was a nervous wreck- I was just insane- so I did what any good student does and I studied. I studied atoz and combed the interview threads and took every question that was posted and wrote out a reply and printed it. I have about a 25 page packet of interview questions and answers that I lived on last summer. If I was not trying out interview outfits or on an interview or dropping off resumes in person to every school within 1.5 hours of me, I was studying that packet.
I know they also asked why should we hire you? What are your strengths and weaknesses?
By interview 2 I guess I must have just been wiped because I cannot find any notes from it, but I think they were more situational ones- that was in front of the panel. Like what would you do if this happened or a student did this etc.