On 7/02/13, New secondary admin wrote:
> Hi everyone, I received an email from Central Office today
> about interviewing a prospective teacher intern for next
> year. This person is a graduate student at a local
> university, and will work at the school for one year in
> exchange for tuition. What do you typically ask in this
> type of interview? I have questions that I have used in new
> teacher interviews before, but this person is a pre-service
> teacher. Any suggestions are welcome! Thanks!
What will this person be doing at your school? Are they
applying for an open position? Or will they be a student
teacher working with a teacher already assigned to your
school? Your situation sounds different from what I've
experienced as I've never heard of an intern "working for one
year in exchange for tuition". When we've had interns, they've
been paid as regular teachers and worked as regular teachers,
the difference being that they are also going to school in the
evenings, receive support from instructional coaches and
mentors, and have some differences in terms of their
probationary status with HR. That's simplifying it a bit but
the point is they are basically the same as a non-intern
teacher, and interviewed the same as a non-intern.
I would ensure that the intern was provided with ongoing
support in areas such as classroom management, curriculum and
instruction, discipline, organization, etc.... both from the
university and from your own school. With this support in mind
I would conduct the interview as usual and go from there. On
the other hand if this is a student teacher working with a
regular teacher at your school, where the regular (non-intern)
teacher retains responsibility for the class, that's a
different situation. We don't have a formal "job interview"
for that and placements are arranged with the university.
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