So I was sitting at work today and my phone started ringing, I immediately hit ignore and went back to doing what I was doing. Which was searching for a file folder of a loan that closed in 2010...dude I looked through every file box in this office and Im so counting that as a workout. Any-offsubject-way when I finally sat back down at my desk I checked my voicemail. I usually NEVER check my voicemail but since the upcoming bad weather and all the kids' schools and afterschool coaches are calling me for cancellations or early dismissals I checked it. Much to my surprise it was a local board of education rep. I HAVE A TEACHING INTERVIEW MONDAY! I am so so excited. I graduated college last May and was unable to find a job.
It is my dream to be back in the classroom. So I thought long and hard about it. I have to be serious about this and really think how my personal life can interfere potentially with my career. No one wants a teacher who looks like shes drunk and partying all the time (for the record I'm not, I just had a great time last weekend and there are plenty of pictures to prove it). I could have just set all my pictures to private and my page is already private but I really just want to be off the grid in hopes that I can land this job.
I still have my twitter and since I just started this blog Im pretty sure it is undetectable so I am keeping it. (I have to have something to do during the day when I am at work right?) I have only had one previous teaching interview and I studied for that interview like crazy. Yes I googled every possible teacher interview question and I had a sure answer for all of them. I went into the interview and had an answer for everything but I was extremely nervous and it showed. This is a special education position and although I completed my course work in college for Special Ed (I have a collaborative degree) I still don't feel like I really know everything there is to know about it like IEPS, LREs, and all that jazz. I wrote one IEP the entire time I was in college, and when I was doing my internship my teacher never included me in hers. I really want this job and I really want to be teaching again. I just dont know how to prepare for the interview because I do have a lack of experience in this area. I have subbed and completed observation hours but the amount of time I actually spent in a special education classroom was very limited.
Anyway, back to my point. I said goodbye to social media for a while anyway. Have you seen how many teachers get in a world of trouble because of their facebook pages? I definitely don't want that. Also what you see is not always what you get. Judging by my pictures this weekend, for example, I looked belligerently drunk. The truth? I drank water all night. I think a lot of the times when teachers get in trouble its more of a misunderstanding than anything unless their sleeping with their students and in that case should be reprimanded EW! Eventually I will reactivate it but I will never add parents to my page. I think my personal life should be separate. Just because I enjoy a glass of wine every now and then doesnt change my ability to teach or if I go to the pub to shoot pool that doesnt change it either. I imagine trying to maintain a spotless rep as a teacher is pretty tough.
So are any of you teachers out there? And advice for my interview or tips?