Hello, would love any advice from this fabulous community of educators/professionals. :help: I am in a sort of a dilemma and would love any advice. I recently graduated with my degree in education (K-6). To try to make a long story short..I took 7 years to get my degree. This time was filled with a great deal of stress including ending a 20 yr. marriage, raising a teenage son, becoming a single mother and going through major surgery and recovery to combat a brain tumor. The point is that I was in survival mode during my education; I managed to finish with honors but there were MANY gaps in my learning that have made me feel unprepared for teaching and interviewing (these mainly have to do with stress and my final student teaching) that I am now having to try to fix. I also often question if I should try another field. I am almost 45 but feel like I need to try teaching because I worked so hard and feel that I have a great deal to offer. I suppose this is a two question post...I'd love advice about interviewing and what you feel would be my best next step towards becoming the teacher I need to and towards getting a job. During my final internship I had limited hearing and some vocal cord issues that made it more challenging for me to get though. It would be safe to say that my student teaching did not go well. I had some trouble managing the class which left me deflated. Also, I didn't teach reading so I feel unprepared for teaching and talking about this important subject during interviews. I know I need a great deal of practice with managing the classroom and I realize that I will get better once I have my own classroom. The problem is that I know that I will be asked about my student teaching experiences during interviews. I also know Principals want to know if you can manage a class and how well you teach. I don't feel particularly confident in either. If it were up to me, I'd like to be somewhat truthful and say that my student teaching was not as good as I wanted but I would learn from the experiences that didn't go as I wanted but I KNOW that would not be the way to go. I realize that I have to stretch the truth and act like I had positive teaching experiences that helped me grow and prepare me. I just don't know how to do this. I know Principals can see if you are not telling the truth or exaggerating so I'm having some issues with answering these types of questions. I had some positive teaching experiences throughout my schooling which I know I will need to draw from but I am concerned that with further probing they will see my lack of knowledge and confidence. I am also stumped on answering reading questions and common core type questions because I did not teach reading and feel like I have many gaps there. I should mention that I want to teach K-2 and my final was in 5th. I have been doing some self-study online courses for reading to try to become more knowledgeable on this topic. I'm not sure how to answer questions about how I would set up my reading block, etc. I'd love any advice on what you feel may be my best next step. Right now I have to work in a restaurant to support my family but I plan on subbing 2 days a week for more experience. I honestly feel like I need more teaching under my belt. Was wondering if teaching in a pre-school is a good option? Or volunteering in a tutoring situation or something where I am immersed with students? I honestly don't think subbing gives me the experience I need;only good thing is that it does make me practice classroom mgmnt. skills and the principals can get to know me. I've also spend time in classrooms viewing and learning from teachers. I feel like more of that is a good idea. Looking back, I probably should not have done my final so soon after my surgery but I can't look back, only forward. Would really appreciate any advice. I know I just need to find a way to get though an interview to get my first classroom so that I can see if teaching is still a possibility with my voice issue and lack of skills. I'm feeling like I didn't get what I needed in my education and classroom experiences to make me the teacher I wanted. On some days, I think its too much struggle to try recapture what I feel I should have gotten from all that schooling. Mostly though, I feel that I need to try to learn and work harder to reach the goal I planned which is teaching. It that fails then plan B...Thanks for all you time. If you've read this far, thank you, thank you thank you. I really appreciate it. Enjoy your day.