Today is a Great Day to Learn Something New and Creative in Education
I have always hated the interview process. I hate talking about myself. But, recently I had been thrust back into the whole interview process since I needed to find my next journey. One thing I will say about interviews, you can usually get a feel for what the culture of the organization will be from the interview process.
Interview A - teaching position: I had three administrators in the room interviewing me. They all started the interview off by introducing themselves and explaining what grade levels they were looking to place teachers for the coming school year. They had solid questions. When it came to my turn to ask questions, I hit them with a question that is highly relevant to me: What is your curriculum philosophy? They had solid answers that clearly showed they understand the role of curriculum in the success of students.
Interview B - Curriculum Director position: I had the district superintendent and two other administrators in the room. The superintendent introduced herself when she came out to greet me, the others did not introduce themselves. The questions were being read off of a scripted list of robotic questions. Again, when it came to my turn to ask questions, I hit them with a question that is highly relevant to me: What is your curriculum philosophy? They did not have solid answers and what understanding they shared showed me that clearly, they understood what resources were, but not curriculum. So, I followed that question up with one about professional development: What role does this position play in professional development so there is a connection between the curriculum and the professional opportunities of teachers? Unfortunately, they again really did not have a clear answer. In fact, it sounded as if their PD was not really interconnected with the curriculum.
Looking at those two experiences, in order from when they occurred, can you take a guess at which position I chose? I chose to take the classroom teacher position that was offered from my experience in interview A. Culture is an important part of where you choose to continue your journey, if there is ever any uncertainty, then it is probably best to not accept that journey.
That being said, my journey for the 2019-2020 school year will be with sixth grade, communication arts. Where better to be then positively impacting literacy!
My life journey is that of a mother, wife, grandmother, weenie dog owner, blogger, conference speaker, mini-farmer, writer and a an occasional mistake maker with over 24 years in education. Follow me on Twitter @JEdgarEdConsult