Friday, May 26, 2006

In-ter-view, Num-ber Two!

I just like the way that rhyme sounded.....

Anyway, I went in for my second interview at Local High School and, I think, it went very well.

I met with three of the four people I met with last time and answered essentially the same questions as before, though in slightly more depth. I was asked a lot of questions that can only be answered hypothetically, which is one of the things I HATE about interviews ("how do you see yourself interacting with the other teachers in the department?" "Well, that depends, doesn't it, on how I'm recieved into the department. If I notice that the teachers pretty much keep to themselves, I'm going to lay low; if the teachers enjoy working together and are outgoing and friendly, so shall I be.") I could tell, though, that a couple of my answers really pleased one of the interviewers - he has a lousy poker face - and I think my chances at employment are good, even though I COMPLETELY forgot Wayfarer's advice NOT to put my sunglasses on top of my head - they were there the whole time, dammit!.

Anyway, they have two, maybe three people left to take a second look at and I was told that I could expect to hear something by the end of next week. Lucky for me next week is a busy one, what with the long weekend and TWO birthdays in my household, so waiting shouldn't be that difficult.

As always, I'll keep you posted. Thanks so much for your advice (even if I do space it - sorry, Wayfarer. If they pass me over, I'll blame it on the sunglasses), support, and good wishes.


Blogger Sarah said...

I stumbled upon your blog and just wanted to let you know I am in the same boat. I graduated in December with a degree in elementary education and have been subbing in the local schools since then. I am not anxious to find a job, which is of concern to my family of course, but I am having so much subbing, I am not ready to get a "real job" yet. I had a similar interview with all those hypothetical questions and it gets so boring after a while because when you have so many interviews, you're saying the same thing over and over. But good luck, I hope you get the job you want :)

May 26, 2006 9:04 PM  
Blogger Mrs.Chili said...

Hey, Sarah! Welcome!

Tell me - do you enjoy subbing? Do you think that subbing is different at the elementary level than it is at the high school level?

Honestly, the idea of having to work as a sub is horrifying to me, unless I can get a position in a school that hires a pool of subs like my second internship school does. It's a great idea, really; they hire a bunch of people as subs for each department (math and science share a pool, as does history and English. Gym has it's own group). These people get up every day and go to school - no 6 a.m. phone calls - and fill in for whomever happens to be absent that day. If no one is absent, the subs act as aids or cover teacher duties.

I really like this idea, mostly because it gives the subs opportunities to be a part of the school community. They get to know the teachers and the students - they're not just random strangers that the kids feel they can take advantage of.

I'd love to hear more from you. Keep reading and writing!

May 26, 2006 9:47 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Sorry I haven't been back yet, it's been very hectic here as I am sure it has been with you.

Honestly, I love subbing. I almost would rather do that for a while as opposed to getting a contract - I know that the benefits aren't there and everything, but there are so many elementary schools here in Lincoln that I love having the opportunity to get into as many of them as possible to see where I might like to go. I've had the chance to sub pretty much every day since I got my teaching certificate and I love it. For example, once I subbed for a Kindergartne specialist, something I didn't even know Lincoln had. This specialist only taught music, PE, and art for Kindergarteners and that was something I never would have experienced had I not been subbing so often. I have also come to realize that when I do get a 'real job' I do not want to teach above third grade. I can handle the kids for the day but I am not sure I would want a 3-6 classroom full time. 5th graders, for some reason, seem especially tiresome.

I like the idea of having a pool of subs, that seems like a great idea. I wish Lincolnd Public Schools could do something like that here, I wonder if they've ever considered it, it is something I may have to look into. LPS does have a shortage of elementary subs at this point though, so if it were ever an option, it probably won't be coming for a little while yet.

May 30, 2006 11:57 PM  

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