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Old 04-08-2008, 11:42 AM
 
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I need to inquire about the specifics of a job at a Magnet school teaching 5th grade. What questions do I need to ask? I'm drawing a blank.

*class size
*curriculum
*planning
*scheduling
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What duties will you have (cafeteria, recess, bus)
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Benefits
Pay Scale (how many credits for a pay raise)
Opportunities for extra pay- ie. tutoring, coaching, summer school
Are SEI or ESL classes going to be required
Do 5th grade teachers deparmentalize
What subject or subjects would you need to teach
Schools Discipline Policy
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NO! Do not ask those!
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NEVER ask questions about pay scale or pay raises, benefits, etc. in an interview! Those questions are considered rude and self-centered and education interviewers want you to seem child centered. Anyone can easily go to the school's web page or the system's HR page and download pay scales and benefits info! NEVER ask questions that make it seem you are concerned with having to do too much work or have a large class! This makes you appear lazy. Never ask about what you have to teach, as this makes you appear that you never have looked this up on your own to prepare for the interview! Granted, the posters above are suggesting things we teachers really do want to know, but an interview is your best quick-shot impression, not a personal discussion with someone representing your interests.

DO ask about things like:
  • If team teaching is encouraged, how often teams meet, and teacher involvement with curriculum, planning, team vs. individual creativity in planning and instruction, etc.
  • Professional development offered since you are a lifelong learner
  • The school's current focus in the curriculum (already know it backwards and forwards from researching it online!)
  • State testing (research it on your own first) emphasis
  • Differentiation
  • Expectations of teacher involvement in the community and after-school activities (of course, you want to seem excited and enthusiastic about everything)

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