February 22, 2003
Now What?

So I don't know how many people know I was doing this, but I just had my interview with Santa Barbara for their Teaching Program. I want in this thing so fucking bad. It's exactly what I need. There's a lot of structure and so much support. Schools actually have to apply to have student teachers. There is always more than one student teacher at each school, there is a site coordinator and the teacher you work with. This is what I am looking for, no being thrown into a classroom with no help or instruction, no free form cirriculum, just straight forward this is the program, this is what you do, this will help you be a teacher.

This of course made the interview even more intimidating. It was me and three other girls, all who I felt had way more experience in the classroom than me. We indrocuded ourselves, told them about are "artifact" (mine was a lesson plan I did, I even made up an example of what the finished product was), and then did a group activity.

Then we did individual interviews with the panel (which consisted by the way of the director of the program, a teacher who works at a nearby school, and a student in the program now) and I had to tell them without drawing or mimicing drawing how to draw a shape. I did that alright and then I was able to tell them a little more about myself, etc.

I don't really know how I did. I felt kinda inferior, but I've done all the prereqs and I don't think I made a fool of myself. Anyways I find out early March. So soon. I am scared to get this letter. I want everyone to send out good thoughts for me. I have to go. I'm going to go see Jade and her new place and try and relax. It's out of my hands now.

Posted by nuala at February 22, 2003 12:10 PM

yey!! i'm sure you did great and that they will love you. and if you don't get an acceptence letter then....well...then...i'll go spit germs on them! and trust me i've got a lot of germs right now. more than enough to spare! ha! phlegm MACHINE i tell you. grrrrrr....eveil program directors. you let my nuala go. OR ELSE. hee.
p.s. hi to jade and all the tasty food she is making.

Posted by: michele on February 22, 2003 12:31 PM

I bet you did great. Having a lot of classroom experience is like getting a perfect attendance award - more just a sign of showing up than actual skillz.

Also, if you pulled off that describing a shape thing, you're set. If I'd been assigned that, I think it would have been only a minute or so before I started throwing things at the interviewers in frustration: "It's a... circle! Dammit, you know how to draw this!"

Besides, whatever happens, it gave you an excuse to visit Santa Barbara, which is always a huge plus.

Posted by: sean on February 22, 2003 04:54 PM

you'll do great! well, i mean you DID great. and if they don't know it, i'm with michele, i will throw her germs at them too.

Posted by: didofoot on February 22, 2003 05:59 PM

hey! stay away from my germs! i know kung fu!

well ok i don't know kung fu really. but i wish i did. and that's almost as good.

Posted by: michele on February 22, 2003 09:26 PM

Thanks guys. I'm sure I did fine too but you know how you always go over it in your head and think of things ten times better that you could have said. We'll I've been doing that nonstop. sigh.

The other thing is I can't remember if he said they had already placed 25 of the spots open or if there were only 25 left. 200 people applied to the damn program and they only have 100 or so spots. damnit.

I drive home now. See you soon.

Posted by: nuala on February 23, 2003 11:42 AM