So you have graduated college, now what.
I am now looking to obtain a part to full time position teaching. I have put in a few applications for ideal schools. What is an ideal school you ask? For me an ideal school is one that resonates with my philosophies on education and the arts, holds high expectations of their learners, has a minimal commute, and is on the same or similar schedule as my own children. I want to be a good fit for a school as much as I want that school to be a good fit for me. This has all come to light after my recent interview. I was asked questions that I had not thought about in months. My desire to teach and be the light for young people has not waned in that time, but the politics of it all seemed to ebb and become dull. We live in a very interesting age. This interview was my first ever hybrid interview. Most of the panel was in person. One, however, was through internet conference. It was a strange experience. I am used to looking at every physical person in a room when I am talking or listening, but had difficulty remembering to direct my attention to the camera as well.
It did give me ideas about how to minimize lost time or information for learners who have to be away from school for periods of time. I have often entertained the idea of maintaining a flipped classroom style page on my class websites. Preparing simple demos for learner reference. I feel this idea takes it a step further allowing the absent learner to witness the original instruction and have the opportunity to ask questions or receive input on their projects. This idea is not without its questions though. Thinking this through there are possibilities of difficulty or liability. I feel that sometimes learner success is hindered through extended absence and being overwhelmed when they return. Ideally learners with this issue would *want* to engage in learning or at least be aware of what they will be responsible for when they return. I understand the reality of this though.
Wish me luck and never stop being curious.