What we may ask candidates

  • The human resource office generates the questions that are posed in interviews. The English Language Arts Department Chair has asked that the following questions be added to the pool.

    1. Teaching, like professional baseball, is moving through an era of data analysis--but not easily. Like baseball, we have people who depend upon their experience when making instructional decisions; we also have people who study the numbers in order to guide their practices. How do you see yourself on this decision-making continuum? Which do you favor: decisions based upon experience or decisions based upon data?
    2. Student engagement is important to our school. Share with us a recent lesson plan in which students were highly engaged.
    3. In her essay “I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read: How American High School Students Learn to Loathe Literature,” writer Francine Prose posits the idea that English Language Arts teachers have turned novels into the study of social activities rather than the study of language. When you have taught novels or short stories in the past, what approach did you take?
    4. Share with us a successful lesson or unit that you crafted with peers. What made the lesson or unit a success?
    5. Share with us a failed lesson or unit. What lessons did you learn from the experience?