No matter how hard I pray and *try* not to be nervous...I still am, I guess I just have to accept that that's the way I am. At least I got some practice in. I think it went well. They asked questions about myself, meeting needs of diverse students, setting up a language arts program, approach to teaching math, types of assessment (for math and reading), classroom management, communication with parents, and collaboration. I think I bombed the approaches to teaching language arts and math though. They asked what would I do if I was teaching the alphabet and a student was just not getting "phonics." So, I stumbled a little bit and stressed the importance of reinforcement, individual attention, and reading books to the kids. For setting up a math program, I referenced that I would use the schools curriculum, using math manipulatives. Apparently, it is a hard school to work at because of the low income/poverty level...the kids that come in have never been in a classroom setting, might not know much english, and the parents don't know english. Parental involvement is also hard because many are working second jobs just to be able to support their family. Anyway, I think that I got across the point that I truly care about each student, that I collaborate well with others, hard-worker, and am familiar with good classroom management strategies. The school that I interviewed at definitely seems like a place where a person like me is needed. Although, the principal said that I'll definitely need "thick skin" to work at this school. We'll see. I'll find out on Tuesday. I'm not putting all my marbles in one bag though, I'm looking at other places. So, I really want to be prepared for the next interview...can anyone help with these questions? How would you set up a language arts program? How would you approach teaching math? What types of assessment (for math and reading) do you use? What if a student is just not getting it? Especially a kindergartener who you are trying to teach the alphabet to and is not getting phonics? What if the student can count from one to ten, but can't get 1 to 1. For instance, he has two pencils in front of him, but can recognize that? How do you meet the needs of diverse students? How would you communicate with parents who don't know much english? At another school, we translate all correspondence into spanish. and collaboration.