classroom video of pre-k

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  1. jaszmyn

    jaszmyn Comrade

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    I originally posted this under "job seekers", but I thought that maybe more experienced pre-k teachers could give me some insight.

    I had a interview at a charter school that I am really interested in. I have taught in Public School for 4 years (kind & 1) and currently teach pre-K at a private school.
    The interview went really well and their second step is a classroom observation. I didn't think it was a good idea for him to come in my class and observe me. This would let my current employer know that I am looking for another job, and I dont wont her to think I am unhappy. So I told him as another option I would send a video of my teaching. He said that would be okay, but he wants it to be one hour long.

    My question is....What part of the classroom day should I video tape. In pre-k the lessons are not that long. They are like 15 minutes. then some small group activities. So I really don't know where to start ??????????
     
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  3. TeacherSandra

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    I agree, I would not want my employer to know I'm looking for another job and to have a potential boss observing in his/her school is just uncalled for, in my opinion.

    :unsure: Am I the only one who thinks this is strange??
     
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    I think it's strange as well! Can you come in to the school you're interviewing for and teach a lesson for observation instead?
     
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    I know that employers want to know you can do a job but in my previous life as a secretary, I always had to do shorthand and typing tests. I hated having to do them because I had the certificates that said I could. I thought it unfair that I, a lowly secretary should have such a test, yet the manager I would work for would not be asked to manage for 20 minutes!
     
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    I thought the usual practice would be for you to go to the school you were applying to and teach a demo lesson in one of their classrooms for the principal (director) to observe. As for the video, if he's looking for an hour of footage, I don't think he expects an hour-long lesson. I would hope that he realizes in pre-k over the course of an hour, he is going to see a myriad of activities. I would do something like a science experiment that starts out with a story (related to the topic), then move onto whole group instruction and then break off into small group exploration. Even that may not take an hour. Good luck.
     
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    Would sending a video of you teaching in another school even be permissable? I don't know how all of this would work but I would think you would need parents' permission for that. I find the whole thing strange too. If you are going to do it, why not just tape a long session of the day and find an hour to cut and use.
     
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    you would need to get the parents permission so your boss will know anyway. Most places would have you come in and do a lesson or spend a couple of hours
     
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    This sounds like a huge breach of confidentiality. I would double check with your employer or your state/provincial regulations! I know when I worked at a center, I was not allowed to take pictures of the children, so a video tape to be sent to a potential employer would have not been allowed!
     
  10. jaszmyn

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    Yeah you guys bring up some very good points. I will double check on those things. This is a new school that is opening, so I think that is why they are doing the observations this way.

    But you all are right, I have previous evaluations from my former principal that are excellent. i don't know if this school is just looking for something different or what? But I really would like this position for next school year. But as I thought about it, a video is really not a accurate measure of observation. I could just edit out any portion that i feel i want to.

    Well...i may just do a video and then maybe blur the kiddos faces. ????? I dont know..????

    But what i do know is that pre-k is really fun. This is my first year teaching it. I have taught kindergarten for 3 years and 1st grade for 1. i thought it would be almost the smae, but this is much more fun!!! Kuddos to you veteran pre-k teachers.
     
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    I'm with Jennifer. Arrange a day to go and teach a lesson at the school to which you are applying. Ask to be able to coordinate with the teachers there an appropriate lesson.
     
  12. teacher36

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    I guess that explains why you can't do your lesson at their school. I appreciate that the school is doing everything they can to find the most qualified educators. Blurring out the children's faces might be your best option.
     

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