Concern about an upcoming interview

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  1. dl101

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    While I am excited about the opportunity for an interview for a position in my content area (music), after going through scheduling the interview, the principal asked me to bring my rating and my observations.

    Now, some background information about me: I finished my first year teaching and was almost non-renewed. I resigned on my own terms. I was rated as "developing," but my four formal observations were unsatisfactory, though the first one I had was actually the best one. The other three were significantly worse.

    I know that classroom management concerns was the main reason for the unsatisfactory evaluations, but I need suggestions on how to explain myself or address any concerns that this new principal may have regarding my past performance, so I don't hurt my chances of being selected.

    Any suggestions will be appreciated. Thank you.
     
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  3. mckbearcat48

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    You're going to have to face the observations. Have concrete plans on what you will do to change the bad things and highlight the good ones.
     
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    I did create a classroom management plan complete with a list of routines, rules, consequences, and reward systems that I will carry out in the beginning of the year. That's one of the things I didn't do so well in the beginning of the year last year.
     
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    Did you have this interview yet?
    It might be helpful to mention that you would like to attend training on classroom management or go to workshops. You can say you did research online about the topic or asked colleagues for advice.
    I'm not sure why the person who did those observations did not give you guidance on how to improve in that area.
     
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    Because so many admins are scared to death at giving feedback because they might get sued. Yes, that is from an admin I know well.
     

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