I have an interview on Thursday.

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  1. sue35

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    Reading your responses to those who are disabled, like Chang, or know people who are paralyzed, make me furious. Whether you are aware or not, you come across as if you feel you are more "disabled" than they are.

    I have taught while I have been dying. DYING, bros. I have climbed up 3 flights of stairs on 30% lung function with an IV in my arm. Did I stop every other stair? Yes. But I did it because I did not want to give up on teaching. Not yet. And to hear you say you can't walk a mile, makes me so upset. Yes, you can. You stop when you need to stop. You cry because life is unfair and then you pull yourself together and walk another block and stop. You CAN do it, you just won't.

    I am confused about your disabilities bros. are you seeing a dr? Actually, you should be seeing many specialists I assume. Not a therapist, a doctor. I honestly don't believe that a dr would say there is no hope for you. That you can never live alone, never walk a certain distance, etc. There have got to be people out there who are on anti-depressants or whatnot who have seizures. If you can't walk, then why don't you qualify for a wheelchair? If you can't live alone, can't you qualify for some help? I just don't understand how occupational therapy says nothing will work and you are a helpless case. Saying that getting something to help you dress is for old people? So what?? Lugging around oxygen is for old people but I do it.

    It's not the lack of emotion people are getting upset with. It is you saying no to every suggestion. It is you saying that becoming disabled is better than having it your whole life. It is you implying you have it worse than everyone and there is nothing you can do about it. And it seems to me that you like it. You have been told many things you can be good at. But instead you choose a profession that you most likely wont succeed in. Is it because you really don't want a job? Because sometimes we can't do a job, even if we really really want to.

    If you are on the computer all day, can you learn to code? Do medical transcription? I am sorry I am mean, but I am hurt for those who have tried to empathize with you
     
  2. bros

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    Would faxing and following up with a phone call suffice?

    I am not saying I am more disabled than anyone.

    Most people consider being able to walk x distance to be without a break. I can walk approximately 1/4-1/2 a mile without a break, I can walk a mile if I take it very slowly or I take a 5-10 minute break part way through.

    I currently see a primary care physician (who I see when ill, or for physicals), a neurologist (who left the state in September, so I have been assigned a new neurologist in the practice. Maybe this one will monitor my motor skill deficits, unlike my previous one who would only handle my epilepsy), an ophthalmologist (who monitors my vision - he is not a low vision specialist, though), a cardiac electrophysiologist (who keeps track of my premature ventricular contractions), and a therapist (an LPC, been seeing him for four years).

    I've had two occupational therapists tell me there is pretty much no chance of improvement - there was the driver rehabilitation specialist who told me I would never drive (and now my vision has decreased so I cannot drive) and there was the OT I saw in 2009. Sessions with him were also paid for by the state. He told me on the last session that I had plateaued around session 18/39, but when it came time for session 26, he thought I might overcome the plateau, as I had overcome ones in previous sessions, so he submitted the request to the state for 13 more - there was no noticeable improvement between session 26 and 39, so further sessions could not be justified by my DVR counselor to the people he reports to in Trenton, as the state (nor will any health insurance) pay for maintenance OT.

    My OT has always focused on my upper body, as my lower body is not seen as much of a concern, as I am ambulatory, albeit with an somewhat odd gait at times.

    OT has said nothing will work to improve my motor skills as the time to treat my dysgraphia & motor skills deficits has passed - an OT I saw for 12 weeks in 2008 said that.

    The magnetic clasp for old people was my comment, not the comment of anyone else. For adaptive clothing, there are sites like this - but their smallest size is Men's Medium. I'm more of a Boy's Medium/Large.

    I don't see your comments as mean or offensive in any way. I can code - I was originally a computer science major (Got all As my first semester outside of math, but the first semester of college doesn't really matter), but I was strongly advised by my computer science professor & the professor who taught the "Intro to College" class to switch to a non-math major given my deficits in Math, as later computer science concepts tend to rely on advanced mathematical concepts. Medical transcription would most likely be easy for me. I can type at around 110 WPM with maybe 5 errors/minute if that.
     
  3. kaytea1203

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    No, go in person. Faxing and phone calls are too impersonable. People like to put a name to a face and in return would be more likely to remember you when reviewing your resume.
     
  4. LouiseB

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    Not talking about computer science but medical transcribing. At least it would be some type of job that you could do.
     
  5. Caesar753

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    bros, one thing I have always admired about you is that you don't ever cut and run, even when people here get a little harsh. (I'm not saying that their harshness isn't warranted--it often is--but it can be hard to hear nonetheless.)

    Sometimes it seems like you get so bogged down in the details that you fail to consider the big picture. For example, you can spend paragraph after paragraph writing about the very minute details of your commuting plans. This information is totally unnecessary to the rest of us and can likely be summed up in a sentence or two.

    At the same time, you seem to actively and intentionally avoid considering multiple options about a given scenario. For example, you mentioned above that you need to work on improving your social skills. The only way you can think to do that is to find a social skills group that meets regularly. That's one way to improve your social skills, sure, but it's certainly not the only way. Have you considered volunteering at a nursing home or hospital? The old people there love to have visitors (they don't get many). What an excellent opportunity for you to develop some social skills, get out of the house, pad your resume with volunteer experience, and maybe make a friend or two.

    I know that you've been given a lot of advice and criticisms here, and I'm sure that it can be overwhelming. I appreciate that you are hanging in there, and I will appreciate it more once it seems like you're doing something to make some headway and improve your situation.
     
  6. bros

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    True. I could always contact my DVR counselor about seeing if he could assist me in obtaining some kind of employment like that. Something sedentary.

    I do sometimes get caught up in the small details - probably because with my medical history, we've always taken things one step at a time. But I had to figure out if I were able to get there and back - as there are some districts where I could get to in the morning, but there is no way to get home.

    With social skills, my neuropsychologist recommended that I receive group social skills therapy.
     
  7. czacza

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    Bros might first want to check that he could actually go into the school if he showed up. Many schools are pretty locked up during the school day due to security concerns.


    The transcribing and other options suggested in the later posts here seem a better fit for you, bros. Teaching IS NOT sedentary...i wear a fitbit and can log between 3-5 miles on a work day between being on my feet all day teaching, traveling throughout building, dismissal duty plus tutoring....not to mention the social and communication skills needed in a teaching position.... The responsibility for an entire class room of young learners and all that goes with that is too much for you.:2cents:
     
  8. bros

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    This school is a private special education school - so I am guessing that they would be locked up pretty tight during the day.

    During student teaching, I was standing for most of the day and as long as I could sit down for a few minutes every hour, I was good. Longest I could stand was maybe an hour and a half before I needed to sit down due to leg pain.
     
  9. czacza

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    My point is teaching isn't sedentary, bros....your ST experience wasn't typical and from your accounts here, not a close picture at all of a teacher's daily responsibilities. :2cents:
     
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    My point is that if that's not working for you due to scheduling issues, then you need to find a workaround. Teaching is always about thinking on the fly, making things work when things go wrong (and things always go wrong), and getting comfortable with plans B, C, D, all the way through Z.

    If you can't find a social skills group that meets as regularly as you would like, find another way to build your social skills.
     
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    I completely agree. I teach at the secondary level, which has a lot less opportunity for moving around than at the elementary level, and it's still a lot of physicality. I am constantly up at the board and circulating around the room--seriously, constantly! Last year I had a medical issue that required me to teach from a seated position per doctor's orders. It was very challenging to do so, partly because I do a lot of my teaching up at the board (so I needed to find a workaround).
     
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    Regarding the 5 pound limit, my reading textbook weighs more than that.
     
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    And when I have to carry books to the office for a student who is out sick, that's easily 10 pounds.
     
  14. bros

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    Yes, but I am saying in terms of leg usage/mobility. I was standing for most of the day, taking breaks to sit down occasionally (On the one day without a prep, I would sit down for like 2-3 minute stretches while the students were working).

    Perhaps for tasks like that, an accommodation could be for me to get one of those little rolling carts - put the book(s) in it and roll it down to the office.
     
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    I typed out a really long response, bros, but decided not to post it. It outlined just a few of the unexpected things that I've had to deal with in the past couple of days at school. I didn't post, because I knew what the response would be. Thinking of accommodations you'll need is great, but there is no way that you can anticipate even 10% of what you'll need on a daily basis.

    Contact the administrators of the schools that are close enough to get to comfortably. Explain that you are a new teacher looking to build your experience and offer up your services as a volunteer. Not just for a day or two, but for as many days each week as you can. Let them put you where they need you that day. You'll get a better sense of the daily demands and will build your resume.
     
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    So I just got an email from a school district I applied to. They want to interview me for an Instructional Assistant position on Friday.
     
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    Great! I am hoping that you'll go to this interview, even if it may present some logistical challenges.

    I'll give you a piece of advice I usually give to my students before they do a presentation in front of a group or the class; practice some sample responses in front of a mirror. Make eye contact with yourself (yes, it will feel awkward); practice speaking clearly and adding detail to your answers. You may not know exactly what the questions will be, but you have a sense. Add detail to your basic answers ("Yes, I'm familiar with that.") by including specific examples.
     
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    Well they say on their site that Special Education Experience is required for the position and ABA experience is preferred. I know about ABA, the basics of ABA, but I do not have experience with ABA.

    Making eye contact with myself is easier than making eye contact with others. During interviews, I tend to focus on something right near the interviewers eyes.
     
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    Try to not only mention you know the basics of ABA, but how you have (or could, in your case) use it to effectively drive student achievement. Then make sure you make it clear throughout your interview that you are excited about professional development opportunities around it and that you would actively find ways to better your understanding and experience with ABA. That would lift you above those who might have more experience with ABA, but can't describe how they have used it to effectively drive student achievement or that don't seem willing to continually develop.
     
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    Ok, so you've heard about it and know the basics. Interview isn't until Friday. Take the time between now and then to research more into ABA. Pick out one or two things that you could incorporate into your answer. You could always say "I don't have experience with ABA; however, this is how I would incorporate it......"
     
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  22. bros

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    It's a full time position too, so that is good.

    I emailed asking if it were possible to interview on Monday - as it would be easier to arrange transportation for Monday versus Friday (Monday, my dad is off). I assume they would reply if it were not possible. If they do not reply should I simply go to the interview on Friday anyway?
     
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    I think that you can answer that question yourself. ;)
     
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    The interview is Friday. Make arrangements.
     
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    I hope you didn't tell them that transportation was an issue for the Friday interview?
     
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    Go to the interview on Friday. Go at whatever time they tell you to be there.
     
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    No. Telling them transportation is an issue would be a bad first impression.
     
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    Good luck! Practice your interviewing skills between now & Friday.
     
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    Go Friday.
     
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    I don't think there's anything wrong with asking if they have interview times available on Monday, as long as you accept a Friday time if Monday isn't available. If you feel the need to give a reason, just say that the cable repairman is coming between 9 and 4, but you'll call and reschedule if Monday is out.
     
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    Because starting off with a lie is such a great idea...not.
     
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    Yeah, I can accept a Friday time - i'd just have to swing by the bank tomorrow to get cab fare for Friday.

    And i'd have to wake up my brother early (he has insomnia/sleeping issues) to help dress me - but he can deal with that.

    Yeah. I can't say that I don't have transportation - that would make it seem like I would have difficulty getting to the job, which would take me out of the running pretty much instantly. But they are interviewing me in the last hour of their school day - they have a half day on Friday. So either i'm one of the last interviews scheduled (They'd be interviewing Thursday-Friday, but that wouldn't make sense to do that since they sent out an email Wednesday morning - 24 hours notice for an interview is not much) or one of the first scheduled (meaning they are doing interviews Friday & Monday).

    So I checked my email, no response yet, but I think they might've sent me a email through applitrak - logged onto their applitrak, no interview tab like other districts, but it was sent from the default email that most districts use for applitrak i.e. mailbot@district, so it might be a no-reply email (one that would not be checked). If I don't get an email by tomorrow afternoon, perhaps I should assume this and call the person, maybe state that Friday at the time requested works for me, but I was wondering if it would be possible to have the interview on Monday after 10 AM instead.
     
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    Just go...stop coming up with scenarios to change things. If you are having such a time going on Fri, what are you going to do on a daily basis if you get the job?
     
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    Seems with their interview schedule that they want to make a quick decision this week. Go Friday, bros. it's time to figure this out and do it. Just do it....
     
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    I would never try to reschedule an interview unless something catastrophic happened. Aside from showing that you're a good teacher, part of the impression you're trying to convey is that you won't be a problem--that you won't be the one who's a headache for your supervisors.
     
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    If there's *any* way to go on Friday, just go on Friday. Don't even ask about changing it. If they need someone quickly, that weekend could make a big difference, especially if they interview another candidate on Friday who they really like. I got called at 8:45 last night for an interview at 9:30 this morning and the principal mentioned twice that she was really appreciative that I came in on such short notice. If it's just a matter of taking a cab, just do it!
     
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    Sorry, I just think through multiple possibilities at once while contemplating something.

    I will probably take a taxi - depending on cost.

    Or I will take a train to the town near the school, then a taxi from the train station to the school.

    I got an email just now from them saying that they can interview me on Monday.
     
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    While I don't think it was the best idea to ask for the interview to be pushed back, you now have an extra couple of days to prepare detailed responses to possible questions. Don't memorize answers, but practice talking conversationally. I know that's a challenge for you, so practicing, out loud, will help.
     
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    Ok, bros...we have progress. So let's practice interview questions. Pretend I'm at the interview and am asking you this question. How would you answer:

    "Thank you for coming in. Here at XYZ School, we value lifelong learning. Have you acquired any knowledge recently about how children learn?"

    Go.
     
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    I know I said I wouldn't respond anymore, but I have to after reading this post.

    I know you already have the interview rescheduled (I read through to the end). I know why you can't dress yourself.

    What I want to know is why you have to inconvenience your brother instead of inconveniencing yourself by getting up when someone else who already has to be up can help you dress?

    Why can't you just get up early and have your mom or dad help you? I just get a bee in my bonnet by those who inconvenience others to be less inconvenienced themselves.
     
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