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Old 01-02-2006, 08:30 PM
 
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Dear Fellow Teachers,
Recently, I just moved to Texas from Tennessee and I will be going on a few interviews. I have wanted to be a teacher since my early years. I have a Bachelors and Masters in Education but I still feel not prepared. I taught second grade last year which was my first year. I had a horrible mentor teacher and no support at all. The principal just focused on my weaknesses and I was devasted because I felt that I did not belong in teaching. I am wrong because I have a deep love for the kids and teaching. There is one question that always makes me real nervous because I know I lack the experience. I know that reading is vital in the early grades and that is what I desire to teach. It seems like principals always wants to know how I would teach reading and set up my groups. Well last year I started off teaching at one school then after 8 weeks, I was surplused and went to that horrible school. So my question would be how would you answer that question. Can anyone recommend a good book for me to read? Thank you so much.

Jenny


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Old 01-02-2006, 08:58 PM
 
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Sorry you've had a bad experience already. I think it's normal to feel unprepared at first. Take your old principal's focus on your weaknesses and make them better. For example, if he said you were weak at team work or whatever-say you've taken a workshop or read up on the latest techniques for it. State some specifics.
Find out how the schools in the area where you're applying to teach reading. You can go to their websites. It's also helpful to get other background information on the school district. (I've moved out of state a few times) Most that I know of use Guided Reading or the Four Blocks. Do a search on Guided Reading and you'll come up with tons of information.
Stay positive in your interviews. Never say anything bad about your past employers. Always say what you learned from the experience and what you'd like to do and what you have to offer instead.
Good luck!
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Old 01-02-2006, 10:10 PM
 
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Hi Jenny- I haven't been to this site before and after reading your e-mail I was reminded of my own "school" shift over the past summer. I've been teaching for ten years and I'm so sorry that you didn't have a better support system to help you on your way to what will be a wonderful career- TEACHING IS AMAZING! I could list a million titles, but a few that I believe are critical are here with my quick thoughts
1. Reading with Meaning by Debbie Miller (focused on younger learners)
2. Guided Reader's and Writer's by Fountas and Pinell (3-6th grade: This text is huge, but outlines how to run a reading and writing workshop to be sure your students are getting all that they need to become successful)
3. Mosaic of Thought by Ellin Oliver Keene and Susan Zemelman (sp) or Strategies that Work by Stephanie Harvey and Anne Goudvis (sp). These outline strategies to get students thinking about their reading and engaging with text.
I wish you the best and hope that this helps! Take care, Dawn
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Old 01-07-2006, 06:29 PM
 
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I just wanted to let you know, I feel for you. I was wondering what part of Texas you are trying to get hired in. I tried to move to the Dallas area last year and went on a few interviews but didn't get hired. At the time, I was still 2 weeks away from graduating in New Mexico, so I think that was a big part of the problem. Now that I am officially a teacher with 1 year under my belt, I am hoping I will not have such a difficult time. I wish you luck, and if you want a Texas job search buddy, feel free to email me at JulAsif@msn.com. Again, good luck and keep us posted!

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