"And do you have any questions for us?"

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  1. roamer

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    I have an interview next week for a temporary resource teacher position. Every year they hire a couple of teachers who work with students needing additional help to get ready for the state mandated tests. I just finished student teaching and will graduate Friday.

    I know that during the interview they will ask if I have any questions for them. I have some questions prepared for a standard teaching position - questions about field trips, professional development opportunities, technology available, etc. But, as this is a temporary position, I'm not sure what types of questions to ask. It's looked upon unfavorably if I don't ask something.
     
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  3. monsieurteacher

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    I did an interview a few weeks ago for a LTS Resource position, I just told them that I came in and asked most of my questions of the person I would be replacing, as I knew her already. I got the position. I suggest you chat with the main Resource teacher there beforehand, and then just say that you had a chat and asked most of your questions already, it shows you've taken initiative.

    You could also simply ask "When do I start?" :lol:
     
  4. smalltowngal

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    Love the forwardness, dfleming!! Someone on here said that a teacher told her to ask, "If I were to get the position, what are 2 tips that you would give me?"
     
  5. giraffe326

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    Ask about extracurricular activities, parent involvement and staff development.
     
  6. bandnerdtx

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    "What do you love most about this school?" and "What's one area where you feel your school needs the most growth? What is the administration doing to support that growth?"
     
  7. clarnet73

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    I usually ask them to describe their mentoring program. I usually say that I know they HAVE one, but i'm curious to see how it works in their school or district, since all of them are run differently.
     
  8. MrsMikesell

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    Here's a list of questions I have asked or been asking in the past... You can turn any of these back at an interviewer... :)

    Kelly :)


    1) Expectations
    a) Academic – What are the expectations in your classroom?
    b) Behavior – What routines and procedures are in place to prevent behavior issues?


    2) Schedule
    a) How long is being spent on each subject?
    b) How do you know how much time is supposed to be spent on each subject?


    3) Reading
    a) How is music being used in the classroom?
    b) What are phonemic awareness skills are being addressed?
    c) What reading strategies have you taught, modeled, and see your students using?
    d) How are you extending read alouds?
    e) How are you extending shared reading?
    f) How are you building vocabulary?
    g) How are you building independent readers?
    h) In what way are you preparing your students for DIBELS, DRA and other reading assessments?
    i) What are your expectations for reading?
    j) What questions are you asking children doing reading to assess comprehension?

    4) Writing
    a) How is writing taught in your classroom?
    b) Are you using writing strategies? Which?
    c) How often are your students writing?
    d) How do students know what skills to work on?
    e) How do students know what skills they have mastered?
    f) What are your expectations for writing?


    5) Math
    a) How are hands-on activities taught?
    b) How is the math curriculum being used?
    c) What skills are being taught in calendar math?
    d) What are your expectations in math?


    6) Centers
    a) What centers activities are being used?

    b) How are the activities modified for different abilities?

    c) How are new centers being created and taught?


    7) Large Group activities vs. Centers activities
    a) How are large group lessons decided upon?
    b) How are centers activities decided upon?

    c) How do you decide if an activity is better for large group work or independent centers?


    8) Large Group Activities
    a) How are you assessing students?

    b) How do you differentiate for all students?


    9) Centers
    a) How are you assessing students?

    b) How do you differentiate for all students?


    10) High Students

    a) How do you know when a student needs to be challenged?

    b) What challenges are you offering the high students?


    11) Low Students

    a) How do you know when a student needs remediation?

    b) What are you offering the low students?



    12) Assessment
    a) How are you assessing students?
    b) What assessments do you use beyond the district assessments?

    i) Why do you use these?

    c) What do you do with the data from assessments?



    13) Maintaining Academic Flow
    a) How are you maintaining academic flow?
    b) What do you do when the flow is broken?

    c) What do you do to help pace in your lessons?

    d) What questions can you use to maintain academic flow?


    14) Planning

    a) How do you plan your lessons?

    b) How do you follow through with your plans?

    c) When implementing your plans, how do you stay on task?



    15) Classroom Management

    a) What is your behavior plan?

    i) How do you maintain it?

    ii) What is the children’s role in the management?

    iii) How are infractions dealt with?


    b) Teaching Assistant

    i) How do you delegate?

    ii) What is her role?



    Professional Learning Communities

    a) What skills do you bring to your PLC?

    b) What activities have you shared in your PLC?
     
  9. clarnet73

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    I also have asked how much flexibility the teacher has with the curriculum... especially with preschool :) "I know that you use ___ Curriculum; how strictly is it followed? " I usually pair that with a comment about some districts I've seen use it very strictly and it's the only thing they're allowed to use; other districts use it as a guide and give the teacher the autonomy to do what works best for their classroom and their students, and I'm just trying to gauge where they fall.
     
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    "What would my typical day be like?"
     
  11. SLteaCh

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    These are the questions I asked for the interview with the school that hired me. (They told me after, that they were impressed that they were typed out)

    1. What are the strengths of [school district]?

    2. [Principal Name], How would you describe your leadership style?

    3. What kind of support/mentoring is available to first year teachers?

    4. How active are parents at [school name]?

    5. How do you anticipate this district changing over the next five years?

    6. Are extracurricular assignments available for teachers interested in, and qualified for, after school activities?

    7. What are the next steps in your hiring procedure and when do you anticipate them to occur?


    Hope this helps! :)
     
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    I try to learn something about how they work and ask them about it. Visit their website. It might give you some ideas.

    I was able to ask about the school forest during one interview and they were impressed I had done some background research.
     
  13. roamer

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    Thanks everyone. It's my "home district" so I feel silly asking questions about the schools and school system that I should already know the answer to. I've had kids in the school system for the past 12 years and I've been an aide, sub or student teacher for the past 7 years. I've subbed in every school in the system.

    I think I'll ask about what technology will be available to me...if I'll have access to the computer labs when I'm working with my students. I'll also ask if there are any resources already available to me for the position. I may even ask what past temp. resource teachers have done well and where they needed improvement so I can be sure to do the best job I can. This is a recurring position - it's temporary, but they hire every year before the state mandated tests.
     
  14. kcjo13

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    I also had a position at my school before being hired, and I was a sub there. I asked the principal how he thought the elementary staff would view and accept me as a peer when I had been in other positions in the school (our staff is a very tight-knit bunch). He still refers to that question every know and then when we talk.
     
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    If I received this position what would be 2 or 3 pieces of advice you would give me?
     
  16. Master Pre-K

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    that's my favorite!

    also.....

    What are your future plans for the building?
    Should I return to school, does the district have tuition reimbursement.
    If I am asked to sub for another class, is that considered extra duty pay?
    Is this job based on residency? Should I move out of the area, will I be able to continue my employment?
    Are employees allowed to marry? :lol: (You guys know I've been checking out the custodian!)

    but seriously...

    What are some of things you are looking for in a candidate?
    (so you can put in your letter, "I know you want a ___ person who can ...)
    what are some of the changes you would like to see?
    (so you can put in your follow up letter...
    I realize you want to see XYZ, and I can help because...)

    are there any plans to change the building to higher/lower grades ?(you may be bumped next year! might as well find out now)

    am I required to attend seminars and workshops? Are the paid for extra duty time if they occur before and after working hours?
     
  17. roamer

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    Update: I got the job.
     
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    Congrat roamer!
     
  19. Master Pre-K

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    :party::clap::clap::party:

    Good news!

    but you don't sound too happy?!

    are you okay? something else going on??
     
  20. monsieurteacher

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    Congratulations roamer!
     
  21. roamer

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    No...everything's fine. In fact, I'm thrilled. It's just been a long day. I subbed in what everyone says is the most challenging class in the school where I did my student teaching and then had my graduation tonight. It's been a loooong day.

    This is just a temporary job, but they told me during the interview that, in the past, nearly everyone who has had this job has been either hired by the district...or hired away by another district. My principal said that I really impressed them during my interview.

    There is a job opening up at my "home" school next year when the 4th & 5th grade science teacher retires. I've been a parent there for 12 years and have worked there for 7. I didn't student teach there, though. I want that job so bad I can taste it. I'm hoping that if I do a good job in this new position it will improve my chances of getting that job.
     

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