Did Student Teaching/Internship Lead to Your Job?

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  1. TeachwLove

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    Hello all,

    I used to be a college teacher, then I worked in an office, and now I have just begun my K-8 Masters program. They are asking us to request a district or school for our first internship. Ultimately, I'd like to teach close to home, of course, so my instinct is to request the schools closest to my house. Or I could request a school near my office which would also be convenient and only a 30-minute commute.

    So I'm wondering if people could tell me. Did you or others you know find that where you interned and student taught was where you ultimately got hired? Thank you for your input!
     
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  3. ms_chandler

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    Heck no... Student teaching was awful, and I wouldn't have gotten a job there if I tried! They were all about politics. Basically, I would've had to kiss my coop teacher's butt to get a recommendation, and I wasn't about to do that.

    However, I did get a recommendation from my cohort leader college prof. and that helped me get hired in another district that wasn't political.
     
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    I did not get my first job where I student taught but the experience of student teaching in an inner-city, Title-1 school made me marketable to school districts closer to home that I wanted to teach in. My student teacher last year got hired in the next town (a school district related to ours through a shared HS) and two other student teachers in the past 3 years have gotten jobs in my district. Try to student teach where you'd like to ultimately teach.
     
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    Yes, and no =). I did my student teaching and was offered a job, however I thought I was going back to my private school where I was an assistant. Then, when I came into the public sector my student teaching principal helped me get my foot in the door. I taught at another public school and transferred this year to the place I did my student teaching. I love it!
     
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    I was offered a job from one of my placements... Wish I had gotten one from my other, but ended up transfering there 2 years later. So I guess in a round about way, it did :)
     
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    My student teaching experience did lead to an offer; however, I had to decline. I was interviewed by three principals, the interview questions went something like this: "So, I see that you're recently married...are you planning to start a family right away?"; "I see that you graduated from a private college...how do you plan to teach at a tier one (low SES) school?"; "Well now, what religion do you practice again? OK, do you think someone with your religious preference can relate to students and famlies with a Catholic background?"

    1. Whether or not I decide to get pregnant is simply NOT up for discussion with people I don't know.
    2. I am the product of a low SES enviornment, but I made my way & earned grants & schlorships.
    3. Being Jewish or whatever does not disqualify a person from teaching science to 6-7th grade Catholics.

    Mind you, these questions were asked by principles of public State schools : (

    I was so upset by their questions, I did not apply for a teaching position for six months. When I finally placed my application, I had a full-time assignment within one week : )

    Thank goodness I waited, some school districts in TX are actually enlightened!
     
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    Oh my gosh!!!! My perfect thread!! :D Yes I did get hired by one of my placements. And it was a dream come true. The funny thing is that I sent a resume to my first placement, even though I didn't really want to work for them. I just thought I better beg for a job since I am fresh in their minds and I just left. No response.
    So I went to my second placement and was immediately impressed by the school. The staff was more super friendly, the environment seemed pleasant and the administration seemed to accept nothing but the best!! But, because I didn't get an answer from the first placement, it discouraged me from applying to this school. Ironically, on my last day, I thanked the principal in person and wanted to say goodbye. She was disappointed to see me go and gave me tons of compliments. She said that she watched me the whole time and I did a great job and that other staff members had wonderful things to say about me. Then she said, "So, where is your resume?" I was dumbfounded because I didn't have it. She encouraged me to run it back to her by the following Monday. So I did.
    Needless to say, I got hired. I knew from the first day that I just fit in with the dynamics of the school.
    I am extremely happy to have gotten hired and It was a Cinderella story come true. So I would definatley suggest that you student teach at a school you possibly want to work at. They will be watching you and could possibly want to hire you when you're done.
    P.S. I got my Head Start job 6 years ago by student teaching there as well. They hired me the week after I graduated with my E.C.E degree. So it actually happened to me TWICE!!:D
     
  9. WITeach

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    I did not get a job where I student taught, however, the recommendations I received from my coop teacher as well as the principal of that school helped me to get my job. The school I work at is very similar to the school I student taught it. Good luck with your decision. :)
     
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    I was hired somewhere completely different. Hoestly, I wouldn't have wanted to teach where I was student teaching. It was a bad situation. My class was tough. Many teachers were stressed. I was in a middle school in an urban city.

    I now teach in a high school in a small city. It's not easy. I've never taught Litearture before so that's new to me too. I teach to Standards, but it's still hard for me to tell if my students are learning. It's a better suatuion though. I get a lot of support here.and am happy as are other teachers.
     
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    I think that it could go each way....the one thing that I did learn about the job application process was that you have to be really proactive....do the schools you work at do mass interviews at a career fair or anything? Make it a point to be there....that is where i got my interview from, and a friend who did not attend had a really hard time getting any job.
     
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    My districtg hired 22 new teachers. half had student taught there.
     
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    Hi there,

    I just completed my final internship in May, and I was hired at the same school. I also found out that many interns (from my graduating class) that were at a particular school did get a job there as well. I am pretty sure it is because the administration sees you daily/throughout the week. I did as much as I could at the school to get the prinicpal to notice me--even if there were no openings by the time I could actually apply. I found that if, there are no openings at the school you would like to work at, then the principal can talk up a storm about you to other principals/schools, which can lead you to a higher advantage at a school of your choosing. Bottom line, you will have a better chance of getting hired at the school of your choosing if you intern there as well. I hope this helps you!


     
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    The schools/districts where I student taught were mostly not places I wanted to work permanently. I tried to get on board at one of the districts, but the district is so tiny & I'm picky about the type of teaching position I wanted, so there were no open positions at the time.

    I'm really curious about something TeachwLove. You said that you used to be a college level teacher & you are now starting to work on your MA degree. I always thought that the lowest degree a college level professor could have was a Master's, whether it's a community college or a university. What type of college was this that you taught at & what class(es) did you teach? I'm thinking of teaching college level way down the road.
     
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    Adjunct Teaching in Colleges

    I'm really curious about something TeachwLove. You said that you used to be a college level teacher & you are now starting to work on your MA degree. I always thought that the lowest degree a college level professor could have was a Master's, whether it's a community college or a university. What type of college was this that you taught at & what class(es) did you teach? I'm thinking of teaching college level way down the road.

    Hi Special Ed Teacher:

    I hold a Master's Degree in English. My K-8 Certificate comes with a Master's in Teaching, so I'm going for a second master's degree. I taught at both a university and more recently at community colleges--English composition and literature. You do need a masters though and it is quite competitive in English anyway. Enrollments are down in our state (WA) and being adjunct (not full-time tenured) means less pay, less stability, and less status.

    That is why I'm moving to K-8, for the better pay and stability. (With adjunct teaching, you aren't guaranteed to have classes and a tenured teacher can "bump" you and take your class(es) away if one of theirs doesn't fill. If you don't have 3 classes, you lose your insurance benefits... It's not a good position to be in unless you just want to teach but not depend on it for your income.
     
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    I've done all of my PrePracs in the same school for several semesters now. This semester when I went in to see if there was an availability the principle said I was top of the list. She also was curious as to when I graduate because she really wants a male teacher in the school. **neat**
     
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    I had a job in the school a month after I finished my student teaching. I was observed (unannounced....scared the hell out of me!) by the director of Special Services for the high school while I was student teaching, so I think his recommendation as well as my cooperating teacher's recommendation (she was awesome) really helped. It also helped that I graduated from that public school system (and that high school), because they like to hire teachers that can "understand" the students (this is what the superintendent told me at my final interview....its an urban school).
     
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    I am having a hell of a time finding a placement. My program requires that I find a school myself, did your school place you for your internship, or did you do it yourself?
     
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    Did your cooperating teacher need clinical supervision in order for your internship to count?
     

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