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Old 04-20-2017, 05:24 PM
 
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I am a fairly regular poster, but I signed out for this one just in case.
I have an interview on Tuesday morning and I have not shared with anyone at my school that I am considering leaving.
The principal contacted me and told me to be prepared to answer the following question:
If you leave your current school, what would your colleagues and students miss about you?

I have an idea of what I want to say, but I am curious as to what others would say?
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My students would miss my passion for finding and sharing good books. I always had old students come back to visit asking for book recommendations because I know them as readers and can always find them a good fit book I know will pique their interest! I have a reputation (at least a little, I think!) for helping kids who aren't readers become readers by finding something they can "get", if not love.

I think my colleagues would miss my willingness to take charge of situations that need to be dealt with, to lead groups/teams that no one wants to head up, and to be part of whatever thing needs another person!
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What they would miss about me
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My students would miss my sense of humor and flexibility.

My teammates would miss my creativity in planning and knowledge of children's literature.
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question of personality
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among other things. You could say, they will miss my sense of humour, my sunny disposition and positive outlook in life. Something along those lines. By the way, I'm none of what I said.
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That I enforce dress code and cell phone policies.

And that I make sure classrooms in my hallway with subs are neat and tidy for when they return (my "duty" is to assist the subs for the 20 classrooms in my hallway)


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They would miss my leadership, my organizational skills, and how I can find the positive in any situation. They would also miss my collegiality, my willingness to share, and learning with me.

Hey I'm all that and a bag of chips, aren't I!
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good question...
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I think they'd miss the great food I bring in on food days! Lol
The fact that when I see something that needs to be done--even if it isn't my job--I do it. I believe everyone should.
My sense of humor and the ability to get kids to believe that they are capable and smart (even if they are very, very low). I believe in them so they believe in themselves.
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Old 04-22-2017, 03:31 PM
 
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How I would answer that? I really don't have an answer because the truth is, after a few days, nobody is going to miss me or anyone else. I have seen many teachers leave and we always say how much they will be missed, but once they are gone, they are gone. Out of sight, out of mind.

Might sound harsh, but that is reality.

I don't understand why a principal would ask you that.
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I think it is just another way for the P to assess what the applicant thinks her strengths are! And while you are correct that we are all replaceable, it is good for us to be able to identify our strengths! As teachers, we too often second guess ourselves and focus on our "weaknesses."

For me...My colleagues would miss my willingness to help out when needed and my willingness to be an involved team player.

My students would miss my corny jokes and ability to turn almost anything into a song (anything from a phonics rule to a song to transition from rug to desks!)

Good luck "signed out."
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Thanks for all the positive replies. I have an excellent idea of what I want to say and I have practiced my response to friends and family.
I am really excited for the opportunity Thanks again.


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