Originally Posted by JustMe
I do NOT recommend choosing a "weakness" that is basically a "positive" to employers such as working too much. Choose an area of growth that you are actively working on. We all have room for improvement.
The bogus "weakness" kind of had a similar feel to a thin person crying that they're so darn fat just to hear someone go on and on about how thin they are. Stop it.
That is a good point. I've heard others also give this as a "weakness" of theirs, and it certainly can rub people the wrong way.
My honest weakness, is my lack of exposure as a "teacher". I'm not sure how I can address that.
As it relates to interviews, it is hard for someone who is JUST a substitute teacher... who has had student-teaching experience, maybe some LTS experiences, to have a base of experiences to draw from, in interviews. Day-to-day, your experiences as a teacher in general aren't very noteworthy--Teaching is a process, and when you are able to go through that process, that is where you have an experience that you can draw from and refer to.
So there are questions and areas that I feel uneasy answering, because a lot of it is frankly grasping... grasping for something substantial, to say that I've done. And so that is my weakness--that I don't have the experiences to be able to really answer that question. When they ask you, "What do you have on your classroom walls?" Well, I've never had classroom walls, to really
answer that question.