I have an interview!!!!! Same school I toured OMG! now what?

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  1. tripletsteacher

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    I can not believe it! The school I toured at last week called this morning to schedule an interview for next Wednesday. I had my pick of 5:30 pm-6:00 and 6:30. I was so excited that I chose the 6:00. Now I wish I had said the first or the last. This is the principal/librarian that told me she could not interview until after the teachers who were riffed were placed. Anyone know what could have happened since she is calling a week later? It is for a first grade position. I student taught second grade. My portfolio is not even finished -which I better get going on it!! Actually, I had a rather small one done but noticed many people are using these large filled binders now. I am terrified!!! I have not been on an interview in 7 years. Should I call back to find out if it is a team interview? The secretary said I did not need to bring anything-what should I bring? Sorry I am freaking out here already!

    thanks!
     
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  3. jw13

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    CONGRATULATIONS!!! Apparently, they have placed all the riffed teachers. Sometimes it doesn't take very long. That's the way it worked in my district.

    Anyways, you should get that portfolio together. What do you have so far? I taught first grade for six years, so if you have any questions feel free to ask away.

    Now BREATHE!!! :)
     
  4. scienceteach82

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    Congrats! Put as much as you can that is relevent in your portfolio. This is great news :)

    Good luck!
     
  5. smalltowngal

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    I think you should start working on your portfolio to bring, and put together some mini portfolios that have your resume, philosophy of education, classroom management plan, etc.
     
  6. tripletsteacher

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    Thanks!! I do not have it ready at all! We made a smaller version 7 years ago of a portfolio, but new college grads are making these large ones. This is what I am thinking-please advise:
    classroom management plan
    lesson plans
    philosophy of education
    something with technology-unsure here
    resumes,recommendations,evaluations etc
    parent communication
    student work
    What am I missing?
    OH, I just called the school in the middle of writing this and found out it is with 4- or 5 people.OMG
     
  7. jw13

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    Add an section for assessments.
     
  8. MuggleBug

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    I wouldn't necessarily recommend a large portfolio. When I went for my exit interview from my graduate program, the licensing officer told me to take out most of what was in my portfolio. She said they don't often want to look at a lot of filler. I think what you're thinking is probably good enough - don't just throw stuff in to make it look bigger. I guess this is a case of quality, not quantity! haha.

    Good luck!
     
  9. Jem

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    I agree with JunieBJones. I just used a mini-portfolio like STG suggested, with pictures and descriptions of the activities I've done in the classroom. I got it bound at Staples. You are welcome to copy. Go here to view:

    http://www.mrs.uppman.com/7.html

    Then I put it in a vinyl folder, in the right hand pocket. In the left hand pocket, I put my cover letter on top, then resume, then philosophy, then letters of rec, then copies of my certifications, then transcript if they wanted it. If you have a sample lesson, you could stick it behind your mini-portfolio.
     
  10. RainStorm

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    Stick with a smaller portfolio. The bigger ones have too much info, and it won't be looked at. Less is more!
     
  11. jw13

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    I have one of these larger portfolios, along with mini-portfolios. My large portfolio is not intended as something I hand to the interviewers to just look at during the interview. It is my classroom in a binder. It is my samples that can be referenced for many interview questions. It helps paint a better picture of what I can do in the classroom. When they ask me about technology, I can show the district plan I helped create with a committee. When they ask me what my classroom would look like, I can show them my floorplan and pictures of my bulletin boards, centers, etc.

    IMO, I would have both a reference portfolio and mini-portfolios.
     
  12. lemonhead

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    LOL

    Triplets, hmmmmm you sound like someone I know. Oh yeah, me! Breathe girl breathe.

    Congrats on the interview. Remember you only have 30 minutes so maybe mini portfolios you can leave behind are the way to go and then possibly a full sized one in case you need it. I have no idea so just do what the other people tell you to do.

    If I had limited time, I would work on interview questions and less on a major portfolio.

    Lemon
     
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    Congrats! I agree with Leon, I mean Lemon. Focus more on the interview questions than the port. I've only showed my port. a couple times.
     
  14. Kangaroo22

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    Good luck with the interview! The only way I have ever used a portfolio is to help back-up some of my answers. I also think the best thing you can do is to spend the bulk of your time on your answers to interview questions, rather than worrying about your portfolio.
     
  15. Sheree

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    I agree with Jessica26. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE your interview questions. I would call the secretary back ask if it a group interview though. You want to be prepared. Many blessings:)
     
  16. leighbball

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    Congrats on the interview! I agree with the others- I was one of those who had a monster portfolio after college and my first year of teaching, but I would now mostly use a smaller one. Good luck!
     

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