I had my first teaching interview yesterday and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I was very excited to even get an interview because I know it is very difficult to do around these parts. Public schools around here get hundreds of applicants. So I am very fortunate to have been considered.
The interview was in the same district where I did my student teaching. I was very confident going in because I have great references from that school.
I feel like I answered all the questions coherently. I excelled with some questions but there were a few that caught me off guard.
The focus of the interview was on reading since there are primary openings and a reading 4/5th position. Reading was the topic I was most worried about answering going into the interview because there are so any facets and my experience is limited.
I taught reading in my student teaching placements and I have knowledge of various effective reading teaching methods. However, I just felt like I had trouble articulating how I would teach reading. I know what I've seen and things I have liked, but the truth is, I don't know how I would choose to teach reading until I know my grade and my students.
I guess after any interview you always reflect and think about all the things you could have said. I wish they could see my work, see how I am with kids, see me teach.
I won't know anything for a few weeks. The principal told me not to get discouraged if I don't hear anything soon so I hope that's a good sign.
Did I mention there was a written performance assessment? Yikes!
Anyway, if it doesn't work out i just need to chalk this interview up to good experience and know it wasn't the place for me.
Do you loathe interviews?
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