You’ve received the phone call from the principal. You’ve been called in for your first teaching job interview. This is excellent news. You should celebrate, give a little fist pump. After you’re done celebrating, it’s time to prepare. What do you say to get this teaching position? Teaching job interviews are high stakes conversations, and if you’re lucky enough to land one, you have to have a game plan. Below are seven tips for success that will most likely make you a more appealing candidate during your interview.
In an effort to put a dent in the societal ignorance about the education profession, I’m going to chronicle my preparation over the next year. Hopefully, this is more than just an exercise in catharsis and provides some insight into the actual craft of teaching. Continue reading →
I spoke to a friend of mine who is a dedicated teacher at Reynolds High School, located in Troutdale, OR. As a member of the Reynolds Education Association, this teacher is currently on strike, along with the rest of the district over a budget conflict with the school board. For the Reynolds School Board, the situation is about two principle issues: money and power. The Reynolds School District is involved in an apparent political maneuver to break the union. The solution is far more nuanced than cutting teacher pay and making teachers work longer hours.
Starting a blog is a royal pain in the ass, and yet totally addicting. What in the hell should I write? How do I adjust the font? Widgets digitally exist? How do I drive traffic to my site? Blogging combines expression with narcissism. The genesis of a blog becomes a thing unto itself, as a synthesis of creation and subservience to the web. It becomes all consuming, a type of crack for the digital generation. Blogs feed our need for people to like us and to tell people what we think. Continue reading →