Interview for HS English

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  1. bdteach

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    Hi Everyone,
    I taught 2nd grade this year but have my B.A. in English, the SS credential/CSET in English, and have an extensive background in English/Writing from my former career.

    However, I'm interviewing for a HS English position Friday and have no idea what to expect. Any tips on how to prepare myself? I'm meeting with an assistant principal, an english teacher from the school and a classified staff member.

    Thanks!
     
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  3. ku_alum

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    Neat!
    Consider your ideas on the following:
    -what is the role of independent reading in the busy lives of HSers?
    - how would you maintain student engagement of seniors a month away from graduation?
    - how would you assist your colleagues with using reading strategies with their students in their classroom?
    - how important is writing across the curriculum?
    - how would you incorporate technology in your classroom?
    - how do you approach 21st century literacy and media skills?
    - what is the role of technology in reading/writing?
    - how would you assess speaking and listening (the other 2 outcomes of a language arts class).

    These are kind of the things that might be specific to an English classroom.

    I'd sell your classroom management skills ... that can be a make or break for a HS classroom.

    Prepping for kids for life after high school (not always college, buy is for some) ... how will you assist kids with these questions.

    I'll keep thinking! GOOD LUCK!
     
  4. MsMar

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    Great advice from ku_alum. I would add that you can also mention the skills that are transferable to any age group: organization, familiarity with technology, working as part of a team, interest in professional development, communicating with parents, differentiating instruction and assessment all come to mind. And of course talk about how your background would make you a very strong English teacher.

    Good luck!
     
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    When I went from elem. to secondary, the biggest questions were how would I deal with behavior management and how would I deal with assessments. The principal asked me a TON of questions about the assessments our state requires. She wanted to be sure I was up to date on what skills my students needed. After I was hired, the principal admitted she was worried that I would be overwhelmed by the students' behaviors but I came across confident in the interview so she felt better.
    BY the way, be sure your portfolio does not scream "Elementary Teacher"!
     
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    No advice, but wanted to wish you the best of luck!!
     
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    Thanks everyone. You've been super helpful. I have two interviews tomorrow now--one for high school, and one for middle school. Fingers crossed!
     
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    Wow that's great bdteach :) Keep us posted and Good Luck
     
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    Good luck, bdteach!
     
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    Just got a call from my former principal that the High School position has already called her to check references. Apparently they're trying to expedite the matter, but I'm pretty excited. She gave me a few tips, so hopefully things are looking good!

    Think happy thoughts for me!
     
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    Yay, bdteach!!!
     
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    I am crossing my fingers for you!!!! Good Luck!!!

    click your heels and say, I will get the job! I will get the job! I will get the job!

    Stephanie
     
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    Well, your positive thoughts helped me out! I've been offered both positions! I'm leaning towards high school, though the MS pays more. IF anyone has any thoughts on that...
    Thanks!
     
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    Yay, Bdteach! What a great "problem" to solve. I wouldn't know how to advise on the choice ... I thought I wanted middle but was offered a high school ... I can't imagine ever being anything BUT a high school teacher, now.

    Good things about HS students:
    -they are hilarious
    -they can really surprise you
    -you can really dig into content
    -they have 10000 questions about college, jobs
    -they still need good adults in their lives

    Bad things about HS students:
    -sometimes sports, jobs, or significant others become more important than school
    -they can be stubborn
    -they can let you down when you know they could do better if they would TRY
    -they can drop out and break your heart

    I don't know much about MSers ... I just had a cheer squad of MS girls, never had them in the classroom. My MS girls were good but could be SUUUUUUUPER catty.

    Good for you!
     
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    Congrats, bdteach!! Personally I would take MS, but that's just because I'm trying to get into MS and I can't see myself teaching HS.
     
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    Wow - great problem to have :) I love teaching HS'ers and ditto ku_alum's list about pro's and con's of HS'ers. Do you know anyone teaching in these buildings who can offer any advice about building atmosphere? I think getting a feel for the admin. would be helpful in making a decision. Good Luck and let us know what you decide.
     
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    Made a decision

    I decided to go with the High School position. It was a difficult choice but after weighing the pros and cons it made more sense for me to go this way.

    Thanks again to everyone who gave advice and support.

    For those of you still looking--keep your spirits high. I was just about to give up when I got the call from these two schools!
     
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    Congrats on the offers and your decision. I agree with what everyone has said about hs. I think you'll really enjoy it :)
     
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    Congrats bdteach :) you will love High Schooler's
     
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    Yay, BDTeach!
    HSers are fantastic!
    Good luck to you!
     
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    Congratulations, bdteach!
     
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    CONGRATS!!!
     

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