Discussion in 'General Education' started by Leaborb192, Jun 2, 2019.
Jun 2, 2019
As someone who took five years of Spanish in high school, I like it.
If you have extra time, you could have the students do an interactive game where they act out the phrases you taught them earlier in the lesson. With clarification, you would direct the class to stand and engage in a competition — like Simon Says — wherein you call out “tener suerte,” for example, and they have to act it out. And you would keep repeating the commands in random order (so that students can’t figure out a pattern) and students that make a mistake have to sit down until the last one is standing. This is really useful for tactile/kinesthetic and auditory learners and it would make it fun!
Awesome, sounds like a plan! And I sort of forgot it’s a 10-minute demo lesson, but you could definitely incorporate the game later on if you are hired (and I hope you are).
The good news is that you should have limited competition for the position as foreign language jobs are amongst the most difficult to fill and have very high market value (as high as Math and Physical Sciences and SPED and ESL). Do you know if it is an applicant pool?
To quote another AtoZ user: “An eligibility pool is simply a pool of candidates for a certain kind of position. There may not even be any open positions. Some districts have some kind of pre-screening of candidates.”
I guess I should have said eligibility pool, but some jobs on edjoin use both, I think.
Jun 7, 2019
@Leaborb192 Keep us posted how everything went! Is this position in upstate NY?
I saw that you also applied for a job in AZ. I am sure you are aware that AZ is ranked #49 - #51 (depending on what list you use) for teachers. Have you tried applying to a school like BASIS? Independent schools are the way to go. A former coworker of mine has been working at BASIS Peoria for the last 3 years and she is very happy there (despite the pay).
So how did your interview go?! Don’t leave us hanging here!
Oh, I thought you said a day ago that it was on Friday, implying that it was today. I guess I misread it. Darn it, haha!
Jun 8, 2019
Do research about the school and mention that you like their accomplishments/programs offered/high level of success and want to work in an environment that fosters academic excellence in its members. Talk about your teaching experience and relate it to the position offered. Tell them that you’ve heard great things about the district and the positive work environment and that is seems like an ideal fit. The sky is the limit.
Haha, yes. You could also talk about the district’s mission statement and how it coincides with your teaching philosophy and that you knew the more and more that you read about the district online from current employees and elsewhere that this is where you wanted to work, to make a difference.
It's the same with me. Every job that I've applied for that had a demo lesson, I got the job. The jobs that were solely based on an interview, I did not get the job. Which is more indicative of how you will be in the classroom....hmmm...
It is really easy to make it sound authentic. You interject the right amount of emotion, but don’t go over the top. Sound interested and highlight how you can contribute, why you are the ideal candidate to be chosen. Be confident but not overly confident. Don’t talk badly about your previous school or coworkers. Talk about how you can bring the students up and stay positive. Having a positive outlook is critical.
Interesting. For the five jobs I’ve applied to, I got the job whether I was solely interviewed or asked to do a demo lesson. Hmm.
It was probably a fluke (with the exception of my current employer) because they were desperate, lol!
I think for highly-technical positions, it is essential for applicants to be able to demonstrate their subject-matter competency and when there is high turnover for a certain position, the admin want to know that the person they are hiring knows their stuff and doesn’t just sound good on paper.
I never get why someone interviewing gets nervous. How will that person maintain their composure in front of their students or in front of parents and students? It should be no different because admin are watching. When I interviewed for my current position of five years, I did more than a mock lesson. I actually taught two classes in front of the CEO, principal, and Math Department Chair all at once! I didn’t bat an eyelash and said individuals commented that I seemed like I was in my element. I replied, “I don’t understand why I would be nervous. I know mathematics better than I know myself. Teaching it in front of whoever shouldn’t make a difference.”