Hi all! I'm hoping I can get some good advice and suggestions from all the teachers here. I just got an interview tomorrow for a teaching job for next year, and I'm basically scared stiff. I have only 1 year's experience, and that year basically sucked and I've really struggled with whether or not I can actually do this. I wasn't sure I was ready to give it another try, but this job posting came up and I just submitted my app because I was tired of feeling like a wimp.
This job is for a very small, rural school. The person they choose will probably be teaching all grades 7-12. I'm estimating there may be 18-25 kids in each grade.
I know I can look up teacher interview questions online, but I was hoping some of you more experienced teachers could give me tips on calming my nerves, trying to appear more confident, trying to BE more confident, and how to handle the Why are you not still at your last job? question. (True Answer: I had a hard time with classroom management and my principal told me he thought I should be teaching little kids because they were a little more likely to want to please the teacher, a little more respectful of authority, than high school kids. He said he knew I knew my subject matter, but didn't think I would ever be able to handle discipline at the HS level, that I was too nice, to soft-hearted, too trusting. This school had very little discipline to start with and I felt I was following the culture and my room was no different than any other teacher in the building, but I was a first-year and an outsider in the town.)
So ok. Please give me what you've got and then pray (if you're so inclined) for me to have confidence! I literally shook for 10 minutes after I got off the phone from scheduling the interview.