suggests that a professional, thorough resume and portfolio, professional attire, a firm handshake, and "under control" technology can help give you an edge in an interview.
A few more of Redding's tips to up your game:
7. Bring your instrument along on the interview.
"Many administrators don't care how well you play," says Redding
, "but it doesn't hurt to show that you're willing to perform if they so desire.
"Sometimes candidates can talk a long time without answering the question," Redding
"Even though you might be nervous, take your time."
10. Be ready to describe your ideal classroom.
When you do a "virtual tour" of a classroom where you'd love to teach, make sure you mention that you'll have classroom rules posted, both the school's and some of your own.
According to Redding
, "This shows that you have set clear boundaries and consequences"-critical tools for operating a successful classroom.
MENC member Esther Redding is a music educator with the South Western School District in Hanover, Pennsylvania, where she teaches 6th- and 7th-grade general music; 6th-, 7th-, and 8th-grade chorus; and show choir.
This article was adapted from "So, You Want to Be a Teacher ... ?" Winter 2002 PMEA News
, p. 12.