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February 2010: The Interview,...Dunh, Dunh, Dunh!

 I was fortunate enough to have an interview with the Waterloo Region District School Board today. I have been practicing answers in my head since I first got that phone call inviting me to the Board office. I had every buzz word worked into one anecdote or another. Did I get to use them all? No. So what advice can I give anyone who has yet to have their interview?

 First of all, don't forget to bring your reference names and numbers with you. I fortunately had mine on hand, but I didn't realize I was going to have to write them down for the interviewers.

 After completing the paper work I was promptly greeted by a Principal and escorted into a conference room, where I took a seat at the head of the table. I had the pleasure of interviewing with two very friendly and approachable female principals and they immediately put me at ease, although my heart was still racing.

 They asked me the questions that I was told to expect; questions on classroom management, working with others, planning/assessment - there were no surprises there. At the end of the interview, which lasted about 30 minutes, I tried to incorporate some of my portfolio into the conversation, although I didn't really get a chance to show much of it.

 Overall, I felt pretty good about interview and left feeling fairly positively about the process as I drove home. However, once I started going over the interview in my head, doubt crept in as I realized that I missed elaborating on some key things. I missed expanding on all of the forms of differentiation that I'm familiar with, and could have/should have slipped that into my question on assessment and planning. I also failed to mention the terms "diagnostic and formative assessment" in the same question, which was disappointing to realize since I had practiced answering that question in my head, over and over again. So when the interviewers get to the end of the interview and ask if you have any questions, my advice is to stop, think, and figure out what you practiced in your head and didn't say. That will be your only chance to recover.

 It's funny, all of the talk about graphic organizers and anchor charts this year - I could have really benefited from one of those in my interview room! I would have posted a word wall of buzz words, and made a graphic organizer of my anecdotes and their key messages, and I would have posted my portfolio, or "student work", all over the tables and walls to create a rich learning environment.

 Even though I missed some details, I'm hoping that the "big picture" was enough to get me on the elusive Occasional Teacher list. Wish me luck!

 ...and here's wishing the rest of you some positive vibes on your interviews. Go Laurier grads!

2 people have commented
1 Sharon - 12 Mar 2010

Good luck with your interview results and thank you for the blog! I am still trying to decide whether I can swing a B.Ed schedule and work next year. It's too bad that I can't choose my own hours.

2 Tammy G - 22 May 2010

Working and doing the program would definitely be difficult, but there were some people who were able to manage both. Best of luck Sharon!

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