Am I the only one who thinks teaching a lesson live as part of the interview process?! I’m sorry it’s just SO not natural!!!

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I’m so lucky I never had to do that. I’m an older teacher who was hired before the Dawn of time. Lol

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I loved the smell of the dittos and the sound of the beep to advance the filmstrip!

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I'd never heard of this happening, until it happened to me last week.

I thought it was great. They even cut me off after 10 minutes, made comments, and asked me to start over addressing their critique.

You can see things no interview question, resume or reference would ever tell you. I'd probably not be thrilled about it but they offered me the job so...

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Good for you!!

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Hopefully it’s not a lesson on sentence structure.

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ignore the people criticizing your grammar ... messageboards are like an informal conversations ..... not an essay. some people feeling better about themselves by putting others down (and yes, I used lowercase and ... on purpose)

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I have performance anxiety so it's literally the worst part of the interview process

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Oh no I got a rating of 1/10 from someone that doesn’t respect others opinions. Now I’m suffering from performance anxiety

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Recently was prepping for an interview and needed to do this… i didn’t mind it, but i just felt like it was so fake! Next time I’ll ask for them to just put me in a classroom and let me teach my lesson😂

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Did you get the job?

Welcome to my worst nightmare. Just plan it out, get it done, and shake off the feeling after. That's really all that can be done.

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Yet another disturbing development in teaching that has become standard practice. This process is not an interview; it's an audition. I am a teacher, not an actress. Just one more piece of evidence that the primary goal of education today is to keep kids entertained and having fun (or in eduspeak, "engaged").

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You are so right, California!!!! Hit the nail right on the head!

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I agree. That was not a requirement for me to prove myself to be a teacher. It’s no different than being a substitute teacher - and a substitute teacher often has more experience. The “working interview” shouldn’t be a thing for educators.

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When our school is hiring, they set up classes of actual students so that candidates can teach a lesson to them. They will even call families over the summer to find students who would be willing to participate.

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That's what I did, and the students were a part of the hiring process. The students basically hired me :)

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I compare it to role playing during professional development training. So unnatural. UGH!

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Dude, have FUN! I suffer from anxiety myself and it sucks. But looking back, I wish when I was in situations like this I'd just had chucked it all and made it fun, made the kids laugh, cover the material and see if you can get them to like it. If you succeed in that and these people don't hire you, that will show you how little they care for kids.

Good luck! (and yes, it's a ridiculous power play that has zero to do with your skill at teaching and kids' skills at engagement.)

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My best advice is to talk to a teacher in the district. Find out what the "hot new thing" is (Flipgrid, Peardeck, whatever) and do that.

Then, after you get hired, close your door and do what you know is best.

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Teach a calculus lesson. They'll be lost. It won't matter.

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You could teach completing the square and they would be lost, much less calculus.

A Principal wanted to watch me teach a class before hiring me. I went with another district.

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I know it's nerve wracking, but it's absolutely necessary. I sat on an interview committee 3 years ago and there were candidates who interviewed well, but then did the demo lesson with a small group of our best students and were awful. Felt like we dodged bullets.

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Florida, the key is to see how the candidate would really interact with brand new teenagers. Can you establish at least a little rapport with them? Relate to them? Can you be friendly and clear in your interactions with them? All that is way more valuable than canned interview answers that the admins "want to hear."

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I understand disliking this part of the process and the anxiety associated with it but I think it should be common practice. The idea that we hire people for a job without ever seeing them do that job seems crazy to me. Nobody would hire you for any other job without seeing you do the actual work or having evidence of that work.

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No one asks to see you do the job. What planet do you live on. I have hired hundreds of people. I didn't ask them to do the job.

Yeah, it's dumb. Just hire me, and if you don't like what you got, fire me, like in almost any other job. It's not like we're being signed to multi-million dollar contracts like professional athletes.

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Neither is that first time in front of a class, but it is the job. I think if I were admin trying to know who to hire, this is a great idea. Just because someone has a lot of education does not mean they can teach.

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Our district will hire anyone with a pulse 🤷🏼‍♀️

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Same everywhere here in Texas. They will even pay the 3 percent penalty for hiring retired pensioned teachers. In Austin, they bumped the pay up 65 dollars a day, then tiers where the more you sub- a bonus after 45 days, subbing in special Ed., etc.

I went on FIVE interviews with a school. FIVE. I had to teach a class and I DID NOT GET THE JOB. I'm sure after one or two interviews they knew if they wanted me or not. I had to take time off from my current job, plan a lesson. It was a nightmare.

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ESAT1: I was thinking the same thing! That’s so awful!!

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