President Barack Obama took time out on Election Day — Tuesday, for those of you who aren’t American — to do an on-air interview with WZID-FM in Manchester, New Hampshire. One of the questions they asked him: will he do Psy’s “Gangnam Style” dance if he’s re-elected? Obama’s response (fast-forward to 6:24): “I just saw that video for the first time and I think I can do that move. But I’m not sure that the inauguration ball is the appropriate time to break that out.”
Great list of interview questions to look over, if you’re job hunting…
Also, it might sound strange, but something that’s helped me improve my interviewing skills is recording myself. It might sound weird, but, seriously, before going on an interview, I record myself on my cell phone. Almost every cell phone has some kind of voice recorder feature; I know for the iPhone it’s listed under voice memos.
I kinda pretend that I’m on the interview, and I ask myself some common interview questions, and then I record my answer at home, or while I’m driving. Then I listen back to my answer, and I mentally critique myself: the good, the bad and the ugly. Then I keep practicing it until I feel I fixed whatever needed some improvement. :)
Over a year ago, I (positivelypersistentteach) suggested we make a list of questions that Tumblrs are asked on interviews in order to help each other prepare for our job hunts. World-shaker in turn made this google doc. I’ve seen a lot of requests for interview questions to practice on Tumblr lately, so I am posting this again because it seems a lot of you have missed it. Please reblog even if you are not job hunting this year.
The only things I ask is that when you go on an interview, if you are asked a question unlike any on this list please come back and add to it. Also, please do not delete anyone else’s questions or put links to outside sources.
Ok, so today I was pretty angry after all three of our camera batteries died before we could finish filming our W.A.N.K in Hongdae. In order to vent that frustration, I went all artsy. Ah yes, nothing a staple gun and fresh canvas can’t heal.
Using our old t-shirts that were either stretched or…
I will soon be visiting the Korean Consulate in my state so that I can get my visa and then book my ticket to South Korea. So, this time next month I will be in South Korea teaching!
Wow. It felt like it was just yesterday that I was looking up information on teaching english abroad. And now, I’m at my final steps to this goal.
I love, love, love the age group I got my degree in— teaching math and science to 4th through 8th graders. but I feel like I need some more me time before I jump in the classroom.
I’m excited and nervous all at the same time for teaching english to korean kids. I’m excited because I love korean culture and teaching, but sad because its not math or science. At least its teaching, just not my intended focus subject or age group.
Right now my concern is what will I be doing when I get back. I ask because although I graduated as an education major, I have yet to take the state tests for certification to actually be a teacher. Without this certificate schools will not even look at me when I get back to the states.
Perhaps I shouldn’t jump into public teaching when I get back next year. I feel like it would be overwhelming. So…. I guess I will be a substitute for a year when I get back. I’m not looking forward to that. while subbing, I guess I will study and take state certification tests because I might forget my basic math and science skills. Why didn’t I take my tests sooner? Crud.
So I subbed my 5th graders the day after college day at their school.
As a warm up I had them write at least 3 sentences of what they are doing after high school. Most of them put that college was too expensive or that they wanted to go to college to get a good job and good money. Very few students said they wanted to study art or a certain topic, not get money. But, its 5th grade. When I was in 5th grade, college was the last thing on my mind.
After their warm up I let them ask me questions. Most were about dorms and if I had a job on campus.
Later that day I showed a movie and called them one by one to talk to them about what they wrote. I talked to them about different things to study in college, how learning as much as they can in public school is important, how there’s scholarships available, how hard work pays off and how asking questions is okay.
I basically had a heart to heart with these kids. I couldn’t believe that the whole time I student taught with them that I didn’t talk to them about what it means to be a college student. That college was more than getting a degree.
I’m really glad I talked to them individually. I felt like it meant a lot more after student teaching, bc I worked with them for a semester.
You know what’s exhausting? Preparing PowerPoints, presentations and other lectures! Guess what? You don’t have to do this all the time. Yes, there is a time and a place for a lecture or direct instruction, but there is also a place for a variety of strategies to have students take ownership of content learning. Use jigsaw techniques, games that teach, reciprocal teaching and other effective strategies that put students in the driver’s seat of learning. Move from sage of the stage to guide on the side. While all lessons require preparation and planning, a variety of lesson types can not only keep your students interested, but also keep you energized to try new ways of teaching.
I gave out a research project this week and one of my students said, “teachers don’t even teach these days.” I just ignore it.
How do you see to avoid teacher burnout? What advice do you have for others?
And I’m not talking about the fancy restaurants that you go on dates or they serve wine. I’m taking about a small country restaurant where farmers, truck drivers and ranchers still pay 5% tip and 10% if they’re really happy.
I worked this job every weekend student teaching and will be working for the next few months until my new teaching job contract starts.
The hardest part is getting little to no respect from customers. Its a different when I’m the teacher. I expect and command respect. Its made clear. But I can never cross these lines as a waitress. Because then I get complaints and less tips.
Last week I started to get conceited because I was a few days from graduating. And now I’m graduated. I hope I’m not a big jerk. But its a horrible situation for a job. I’m paid the bare minimum by both hourly wage and customers.
You’re probably asking why I started working there and why I haven’t left yet. Well, its a family restaurant so I’m obligated to work there.
My professor for student teaching always gave me a hard time for juggling both priorities. If anything, having both responsiblities helped train me for if I plan to teach public education and had a 2nd job or did night school for masters.
I learned not to do just the minimum this semester. I learned that life isn’t about putting all your time and effort into perfectly typed lesson plans. Its the hard work in the classroom and the other priorities you do to juggle to be there for your students.
So this weekend I go into work now as a graduate with a college degree. I survived student teaching every weekday and teaching on the weekend. I basically worked everyday for 7-8 hours and got off on holidays. I am thankful for my journey so far. I just hope this doesn’t make me conceited.
Really, I’m just the same as anyone who works hard. Im a hard worker. Im a recent graduate trying to make it.
Please remember to tip your waitress well. 15% is the minimum.
My students were working on science reports of famous scientists when was subbing for them this week. They turned in a page of their report and proclaimed “done!” to me when I handed back drafts that the teacher left. I told the “done” students to go over their work again and see if there is anything they would like to add, edit, or delete. Two minutes later they run to the desk and proclaim that they don’t need to do edits after the first draft, so they are done.
I then think of how I’m slaving over edits on my thesis paper, laugh and say “You are never done editing. Your work can always be improved.”