How To Answer That Question (Why Did You Leave?)/Last Principal Giving Bad Feedback

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  1. Nab

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    I got my alternative certification in Secondary English last spring. I landed a job in July. That job's issues are well chronicled on this forum. In short: it was the job from hell, with no support, and students who ruled the school. I left at the end of September. I was not the first new teacher to leave the school nor was I the last - two others left after me and I know that two more are planning to leave after this school year.

    To get to the point: my question is - how do I answer the question: "Why did you leave your last teaching position after only six weeks?" I'm getting interviews for the Fall now, but I just don't quite know what to say. I keep saying things like: "It was a great position, but wasn't a fit for a first year teacher."

    Another thing: one of the schools I interviewed with called me back to say I didn't get the job. I asked if there was anything I could do to improve for future interviews, and the principal said that I interviewed well, but the principal of my first school didn't have positive things to say. Apparently, my last principal is telling people that I couldn't mange students, that I consistently complained and looked to be babied. She also told people that I was given chances for lots of one-on-one training with other teachers, and never took them up on it. I was never given any chances for training - most teachers ignored me. My ex-principal may not be telling the whole truth, and I have no idea how to counter that.
     
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  3. waterfall

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    If you left at the end of September, I would leave that job off of your resume/applications. Have you been subbing for the rest of this school year? If it were me I would just list that as your current job.
     
  4. Secondary Teach

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    Yeah, just list any other experiences you've had to earn your alternative certification such as substituting, year long practicum/intership, or your semester long student teaching. You could also put down any other non teaching experience with children, such as your observations in classrooms, tutoring experience, etc. Good luck!
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  5. ktmiller222

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    Leave it off your resume/application and don't use them as a reference. You were only there for 6 wks! Only use references that you know will say good things! Good luck!
     
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    If you were only there for such a short time, you don't have to list them. You gain nothing by listing them, it sounds like they're stopping you from getting hired.
     
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  7. Nab

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    Thank you for the advise. I've been studying and taking PRAXIS exams for the last five months. I've tried to get int o sub, but have never been called. I'll try leaving them off and see where that goes.
     
  8. pommom

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    What would your advice be for a teacher who full filled the entire school year contract but the principal would give negative feedback for future employers? I wouldn't want to leave it off my resume because it is still a year of teaching experience, but I don't think I would receive a recommendation from my current principal. Do school ALWAYS call previous schools?
     
  9. pommom

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    I relate with you when you say you worked at a school with no support and kids run the school. The kids at my school do whatever they want. Admin ignore teacher referrals.
     
  10. pommom

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    It would be nice if there were replies to my posts....
    Anyways, on Monday I have made arrangements to sit down with my principal to discuss if I would receive a recommendation from another school or not. I am pretty nervous about it because I was pretty needy for a few months and have been called in a couple times for parent complaints...
    If he tells me not to use him for a reference, I wouldn't know what to do.

    Has anyone been able to land a job with a bad principal reference? I don't want to leave a whole teaching year off my resume...
     

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