INTERVIEW PREPARATION

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This is an excellent Ministry site to guide you through the
interview process. Check it out!

My tips are below!

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Wickster's Interview Tips: (Under Construction)

1. Frame your answer !! Frame your answer!!
    Have a beginning and middle and end.
    This is the number one tip I have that makes
    a students stand out and rise above everyone else.

2. Use examples to support your points.
    If you are talking about what a rubric is, then
    give an example of how you implemented one
    and put it on the wall as an anchor chart.

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INTERVIEW PROCESS

1. The hiring process. The STEPS!
Have your resume on "Apply To Educate"

Have paid for your OCT license or you will have your interview cancelled.

Volunteer in April

Resumes are scanned for specific needs
Math
Kindergarten
Senior Sciences
French
Arts
North

References are key – Have 3 or 4 of your best contacts that evaluated you. 
- a Principal or Vice Principal
- an Associate Teacher 
- A Cohort Advisor

Never Put References On Request. Your resume will be eleiminated


1a. What do boards need ? 
-         Intermediate
-         Math
-         Kindergarten
-         The Arts

2. Key look for's for principals when hiring
-         Will you teach in the North areas of your  
          board or remote areas.  (YES you will!)
-         Comprehensive Literacy:
          Modeled, Shared, Guided, 
          Independent Reading, 
          Gradual  Release of  Responsibility

-         Reading Strategies  
-         Math and the 3 step problem solving model
-         Diversity
-         Differentiation
-         Collaboration
-         Inquiry Model - Problem Based Learning
-         Backward design planning 

3.  What should candidates include in their 
   cover letter?
   great grammar
   great stories
   spell names properly
   properly written style
   passion

4.  What do you look for in a resume
   2 Pages
   Not a diary
   Current data - not over 5 years old

  HR  assesses them before principals and they 
  like the Traditional Framework explained below

  EASY TO READ!!!!
    12 point
    Times New Roman
    Because……I have seconds to go through this.

  Proper Framework - use traditional style
      Ensure your name pops out
      Digital Footprint Included: twitter / web page
      Block Titles for the subheadings
      Bold Subtitles of qualifications and not in
      Block letters 
      Italics for places you took the qualification
      See Resume section

   Body of Comments
         Neat
         Organized
         Teaching block with great pedagogy
         Informative bullets 
         Great subject specific content
   
  Extra Curricular

 Hobbies / Interests

5. What are common board initiatives?
     Equity and inclusion;
     Mindfulness
     Growth mindset
     Engagement 
         Inquiry, 
         Innovation, 
         Improvable ideas,    
        Technology
         Kindergarten inquiry
        Assessment

 Technology initiatives
   Google classroom
   Twitter usage
   Web Pages 

Literacy:
     Reader's/Writer's workshop model
Comprehensive literacy:
Modeled, Shared, Guided, Independent Reading, Gradual Release of Responsibility
 Running Records
  10 day currently - especially for  weak readers

     LLI 
    The Fountas & Pinnell 
    Levelled Literacy Intervention

 Numeracy Data:
    Problem solving
    Making thinking visible through strategies
    Math congress,   
    Discussion
    Creating flexible thinking through mental math 
    Via number talks 3x/week
          
Diversity
Our Seven Equity Lenses include:
• Ability
• Faith
• Race, Culture and Language
• Sex, Gender, Identity and Gender Expression
• Sexual Orientation

  • Socio-Economic
  • Inclusive curriculum
  • Addressing the arts
  • Developing community
  • Wellness
  • DPA


6. What Does an Interview Look Like?

On Entry:
How was the secretary treated
Arrive Early!!!!
Be professionally dressed 
Firm handshake
Eye contact
Role Play How It Looks- to prepare 

7. What types of questions do you typically get asked?
   
FRAME YOUR ANSWERS
This one tip will make an excellent candidate outstanding
Administrators are taught to listed to Framed Answers
     Have a beginning introduction - make it short
     Provide your answer
     End with a quick conclusion or summary statement 

TOPICS
Teaching Experience
Classroom Climate
Differentiation
Classroom Management
Curriculum
          Numeracy
          Literacy
          Unit you taught
Instruction
      High Yield Strategies 
      Marzano
Special Education
Behaviour
Diversity
Technology 
Technology and Math
No Lesson Plan -  What do you do?
Conflict example 
PD you have completed 
Ending An Interview -  provide the extra things you bring to the school
When asked, Do you have questions??  No You do not.  Never!
      It gives you more time to make a mistake
      The interviewer does not want to be interviewed
      They are done and want to get to the next candidate

8. What is focus for 21st century teaching and
    learning in Halton?  

    The term 21st Century Learning is out of date.

    The new term is "Future Ready".

Fullan's 6 C's  - 21st Century Competencies


Character education:
 building resilience, empathy, confidence and  
 wellbeing.

Citizenship:
 referencing global knowledge, cultural respect, 
 environmental awareness.
•Communication:
 getting students to apply their oral work, listening, writing and reading in varied contexts.

•Critical-thinking:
 designing and managing projects which address specific problems and
 arrive at solutions using appropriate and diverse tools.

•Collaboration:
 working in teams so students can learn with/from others.

Creativity and imagination: (Innovation)
 to develop qualities like enterprise, leadership, innovation

IPL FOCUS
To Address 21st Century Learning Through:
- inquiry skills
- using technology to enhance learning,
- learning through problem-solving and inquiry
- coding

  Student Engagement Through:
- Learning environments that are focused on:
  21st century skills above
  and global  competencies
- students will be intellectually engaged in their
  learning as a result
  and socially engaged in their school.
- collaborative learning
- enquiry learning
- engaging strategies 

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