I'm in shock, I actually have an interview

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  1. suzerich

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    I just got called for an interview for a high school social studies position. I would love any tips for how to prepare for this interview. The principal probably thinks I'm dense because he's the principal I emailed at the Intermediate school, but this position is for the high school. My ideas for a history class is to have a big 6 weeks project that all of the work that is done culminates in the project. I guess I need to visit the high school board and social studies boards to work out the questions I might be answered. I woould appreciate any advice you might give.
     
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    YEAH, SUZE!!!!!!

    Take a look at the interview threads, and concentrate on giving answers that you're comfortable with. Don't memorize the answers-- you don't want it to sound canned-- but do make an effort to give a complete answer each time.

    Take a look at the school/district websites and the state standards.
     
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    My first thought about your project idea would be covering standards - would your projects cover enough standards? Also, will you be teaching a tested subject? Our US history students take an end of course assessment they must pass for graduation purposes so I must teach every standard in the time period covered by the standards.

    IMO - the biggest focus of SS should be making connections to the students world today. Why am I learning this and what does it have to do with my world today?

    Is this the job that was posted as "Coach/SS?" CONGRATS on the interview!!!
     
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    Congrats and good luck! Keep us updated!
     
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    Yay! Best of luck!
     
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    Another area to look at is "doing History" becoming historians to analyze and develope critcal thinking skills. You can do this in the class room by using primary sources, assessing point of view/bias of sources, debates, etc. . .
     
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    Congrats, and good luck!!

    The interview thread was truly a godsend for me!
     
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    Thanks. This position does not have coach added to it, which is very surprising. It could be a dual credit class, although it doesn't say in the job posting. I am about 35 miles north of the school, but it is fairly easy to get to. I'm not sure which classes yet that I would be teaching. They are changing to an end of course test instead of the TAKS, but I don't know if that will be this school year or next. I've been going over their website and I know a few people who actually went to the school, so I've asked them for feedback on it. I know I need to brush up on classroom management, teaching techniques, etc.
     
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    Good luck!
     
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    :) Learn as much about the school as possible. Check out the website Great Schools and see how they did on the TAKS, look at their demographics, and check out the reviews of the school. Check out their website and look for information that will help you to seem knowledgeable about the school and their current practices. Do not limit yourself to Social Studies. Get a big picture of what the school is all about. If the school has a large ESL population, be ready to talk about how you can adapt your teaching for those learners. Be ready to discuss differentiated instruction, possible inclusion models, and parent communication. Have fun with this interview and show your personality. The only thing a school really wants is someone that loves what he/she is doing, wants to help kids maximize their potential, and someone willing to do the professional training to be as knowledgeable as possible in this ever changing technical world. I would def talk about technology in the classroom and talk about how you could use IPODS, IPHONES, Computers, and other media readily available to students to motivate them as learners. All the best! :thumb::thumb:
     
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    okay, I've finally had a chance to get in and look at the district and school. It has a good rating in ELA and SS, but terrible in Math and Science. In 2009 it was academically unacceptable. Should I worry about this. The school is located in a small town.
     
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    I would think that they would be implementing some new things in order to up the scores in math and science. That could be a good thing!
     
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    Did you look at the great schools website? It might give you some insight from the reviews what others in the area think about the school. It will also give you and idea of the socioeconomic culture of the area as well as an IDEA of their sped population, ESL population, and gifted/advanced population.
     
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    In terms of getting the job: I bet that some of the applicants won't be smart enough to mention that, and to ask what has been tried and how they're planning to remedy the situation. I wouldn't come across as the conquering hero, but I would let them know that I realize it's a concern that every teacher in the district will be expected to address.
     
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    Here's a way to address the math scores within the context of SS - problem solving skills. For instance, solving the problem of supplies during a long war campaign, how much they will need per man, etc...; how to prevent the Fall of Rome, and right now my brain can't think of more. But the idea is to support an aspect of math through problem solving skills across the curriculum.

    Hope this helps
     
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    Definitely check out the district website and specifically the school and department. You might be able to find a lot of information about what their program is like. Curriculum etc. I wouldn't go in with a specific plan for teaching the class if it were me because if they have a different idea about how the classes should be taught it might not bode well? Just my thought. I would say to have a clear philosophy though. :) BREAK A LEG!
     
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    The interview went okay. I'm not sure how well I did. Questions that I'm not sure about went something like, how do you know when a student is not progressing up to standards? I'm not sure how they wanted this answerd. How do you handle stress? I wanted to say, screaming and crying, but I don't think that is what they're looking for. I did say that I would try to relax, sit back and think before reacting. They plan to make a decision tomorrow. They have not decided the schedule but it will probably be U.S. History, because I have History 8-12, not SS composite. Otherwise it would probably have World Geography. I told them I'd be happy to take the SS test, just had not because of finances and the ability to take a computer rather than paperbased test. They asked how I felt about tutoring before/after school. I told them I would be happy to tutor afterschool but that before school would be difficult because of getting my son to school. I hope to be more prepared for the next interview. I was called while I was gone for a 6th grade SS at the Int. in the same district. I really think I'd prefer this class, and I believe my background in History/Anthropology would really do well with the grade level. So, its been a good day.
     
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    Oh, I did ask about the TAKs, and they said they are hoping that this year's grades will make them an exemplary campus. The after school tutoring is from 3:40-8:45 one night a week and the teacher is paid extra. I don't mind doing that, although it is on tuesday night which is my son's cub scout night. I did not tell them I would not do it. If I get the job and it is required, my husband can take him to cub scouts, or I can make arrangements with his den leader.
     
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    Sounds good. Now get ready for the next interview. At least you have a quick turn around time and you will know fairly soon if you are "in" or need to keep looking. All the best!
     
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    Is TX a little bit easier to get an SS position?

    In NY, I know very few ppl are interviewed for secondary ones and no school is willing to bend at all for you (ex: you can take the test and hopefully pass but we will hire you anyway)
    You have to say "yes" to all their demands (tutoring, coaching) or you are out. So many applicants so they have a great choice and any little thing you say or do can mean goodbye.
     

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