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Week 4 - The End is Only the Beginning

  1. Week #4: The End is Only the Beginning – Unit Planning, Job Interviews, Subbing, 1st Year Teaching, and Being a Professional
  2. Critical Evidence for the Week & Beyond  Midterm Exam and Synthesis Paper (Today)  Course Participation Rubric and Self Reflection Email with portfolio link (Thursday)  Letter to my Future Self (Thursday)  Integrated Unit Showcase (Thursday)  Exit Job Interview (Feb 4th or 5th)  Integrated Unit (due Friday, Feb. 8th)  Practicum Final Evaluation  TQS and Interim Teacher Certificate  Teaching Degree
  3. Are you ready…..for change? Are you ready… change? Again?
  4. Table Discussions: Coming down from the balcony  Why do you REALLY want to be a teacher?  How have you changed in the last two years?  What else do YOU need to do to become a professional?  What else do WE need to do to truly become a Professional Learning Community?  Who has influenced you to be the teacher you are today?  Doing: Write a letter to me from your “future self” ten years in the future. Who are you now?
  5. Let the Job Hunt Begin
  6. Interviewers Want to Know...  …how well you meet the requirements of the teaching profession.  interested you are in teaching.  well you will “fit” within the school culture.  ...what the advantages are of hiring you over someone else.
  7. Interviewees Want to Know...  …how well the position and school board suit their needs and goals.  …what the employer has to offer them.  …what the advantages are of working for this school board as opposed to others.
  8. Success in an interview depends upon…  …your knowledge about yourself, especially your skills and interests related to teaching.  …your knowledge of the position and school board.  …your understanding of why you are suited to the teaching position.  …your interview skills.
  9. Some Skills Required for Teaching  Communication  Patience and  Conflict resolution understanding  Evaluation  Problem solving  Group facilitation  Program planning  Interpersonal  Public speaking  Motivation  Record keeping  Organization  Supervision
  10. Preparing for the Interview  Start with a self-assessment  Learn as much as you can about the position  responsibilities  skills and qualifications required  Learn as much as you can about the school/school board
  11. Researching School Boards Find out:  The size and location of the school district.  The mission/vision statement, goals and objectives of the school board.  Unique features of the school district and the specific schools within the district.  Regulations and policies within the district.  Any major challenges/issues the school district currently may face.  Other information?
  12. Researching School Boards Where/How?  CaPS Resource Centre  Discipline-Specific Section - Education  Education Career Fair  hosted by CaPS annually  Alberta Teacher Association Website  Provincial departments of education  Call the school board and ask for information  Internet
  13. More Interview Preparation Tips  Compare what you know about yourself with what you know about the position and organization  Prepare some questions to ask  Practice, practice, practice  Find out as much as you can about the interviewers and interview process  Review the application you submitted for the position and your teaching portfolio
  14. Still More Interview Preparation Tips  Get your “interview kit” ready  Teaching Portfolio  Pad of paper and a pen/pencil  Name and phone number of the interviewer  in case you’re delayed  List of questions to ask the interviewer  Copy of your application documents  List of references and copies of reference letters to give at the interview.  Get a good night’s sleep and eat something about an hour before the interview
  15. Stages of the Interview Stage 1  Opening the Interview Stage 2  Exchange of Information Stage 3  Closing the Interview
  16. Stage 1: Opening the Interview  Introductions  Establishing rapport  Setting the agenda
  17. Making a Favourable First Impression  Dress appropriately.  Look clean and well groomed.  Be punctual.  Greet the interviewer(s) with enthusiasm.  Smile and be friendly to everyone.  Make eye contact.  Don’t be afraid to make small talk. Dress for Success: What not to wear? What to wear for men ? And women?
  18. Stage 2: Exchange of Information  Be prepared to ask questions as well as provide answers to the interviewers’ questions  Sit comfortably  Be aware of non-verbal communication  What does your body language and voice tell the interviewer?  What does the interviewers’ body language tell you?
  19. Some Sure Signs the Interviewer’s Attention is Wandering  shuffling papers sighing  finger tapping legs repeatedly changing  hands playing with position things picking lint off clothes  eyes down or glazed picking lint off your over clothes (do something  looking at watch/clock quick!!)  scratching head  lying back in chair (Source: The Student Guide to Job Hunting by Francois Cote)
  20. Interview Questions  Structured format  questions are pre-determined  all applicants are asked the same questions  questions tend to be specific  Unstructured format  each applicant may be asked different questions depending on the direction of the interview which is not pre- determined  questions tend to be broad, general
  21. Directive Interview Question  The interviewer determines the focus of your answer. “What principles do you use to motivate students?” “What additional subjects, apart from your area of specialization, would you feel confident to teach and at what level?”
  22. Non-Directive Interview Question  You determine the focus of your answer. “Tell me about yourself.”
  23. Hypothetical Interview Question  The interviewer describes a situation and asks how you WOULD react if in a similar situation. “Suppose you are meeting with a parent who is very upset about his/her son’s marks. How would you handle this situation?” “What would you do if you found that your ideas and those of your principal differed?
  24. Behaviour Descriptive Interview (BDI) Question  The interviewer asks what you DID do in a specific type of situation. “Tell me about a time when you had a conflict with a student with behavioral problems. How did you help to resolve it? What did you learn?”
  25. Stress Interview Question  The interviewer intentionally introduces stress into the interview to see how well you react under pressure. “If you could be any animal, what animal would you be and why?”
  26. Answering Interview Questions  Think first, answer second  Ask for clarification if necessary  Focus on your skills and achievements  Provide specific examples.  Draw on work and non-work related experiences  Turn negatives into positives  Demonstrate good communication skills
  27. Stage 3 Closing the Interview  Ask questions you have prepared that were not answered during the course of the interview  Summarize you most relevant skills and qualities  Find out what happens next  Thank the interviewer(s)
  28. Leaving a Positive Lasting Impression  If invited to ask questions, do so but refrain from asking questions  that have already been answered  that could be answered with a little research  about salary and benefits  Summarize your relevant skills and qualities  Remain upbeat from beginning to end  Drop off a thank you card or note the day after the interview
  29. If two applicants were equal in education and experience, what traits would influence you to hire one over the other? 44% Ability to get along with others 42% Communication Skills 29% Confidence 28% Motivation/Ambition 18% Leadership Ability 15% Enthusiasm 11% Maturity 10% Learning Ability
  30. Negative Factors Leading to Rejection  Poor personal appearance  Limp, fishy hand-shake  Overbearing, overaggressive, conceited  Indecision  Inability to express oneself clearly  Unhappy personal life  Lack of planning/vision for career  Friction with other people  Lack of interest and enthusiasm, passive  Sloppy application form  Lack of confident and poise, nervousness  Cover letter/resume with errors  Failure to participate in activities  Merely shopping around attitude  Overemphasis on money  Picky – wants job only for a short time  Poor scholastic record  Little sense of humor  Unwilling to start at the bottom  Long winded  Makes excuses  Impatient, doesn’t want as directed  Lack of tact  Arrives late or “just on time”  Lack of maturity  Bad breath (e.g. smokers beware)  Lack of courtesy, poor manners  Multiple piercings, tatoos  Condemnation of past employers  etc. etc.  Dislike for school work  Fails to look interviewer in the eye
  31. Mock Interviews