I'm about to send out applications to several districts in my area. I've been reading about this new online assessment that a lot of schools are giving. Apparently they do not hire teachers who use to many "I" statements. Instead they want student-centered comments. I used the same essay for each application. Most asked about my philosophy or what I can contribute. I do have some "I" statements in there such as: Ultimately, it is my privilege and professional responsibility to prepare students for the world by helping them become confident, well-rounded, and conscientious citizens As an educator, I will give my students regular opportunities to recognize and embrace their preferred learning styles, interests, and strengths so they may develop a love of learning and the confidence to pursue their dreams. As a leader and a role model, I will set an example for my learners by always treating them with dignity and respect. Do you think those are too "I-focused?" They all have the interest of the student in mind. I have many other statements that don't have "I" in them, so it's hard to avoid putting it in to some of the statements. Thanks for your input!