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Posted on October 19, 2015 1:38 am
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gegede
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For Money or Passion for Teaching and Learning?
"Compared to other industry professionals, teachers are not compensated as their academic degree and certifications would imply." Why do you want to teach in our school? What reasons should I hire you over a recent college education major? This was a question posed to a candidate during a panel interview by my principal. The candidate was a career changer. Was this a fair question to ask of someone who has gone through the process of becoming highly qualified to teach?
 
     
     
 
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Posted October 19, 2015 1:57 am

uNeNuD
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Hey gegede,

Ye, I feel the question posted is a fair question. As a new administrator, I have realized that some teachers and schools do not possess the same teaching philosophy. This does not mean the teacher is not a good, or highly qualified teacher, but that the teacher and school may not be the perfect 'fit' for each other.
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Posted February 22, 2016 9:48 pm

Victoria Horn
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I feel like if they are passionate about what they do and have the correct degree and certifications, then yes. There is competition out there whether we like it or not. It is good to make sure you are applying where you want to work!
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ezyHes
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Good to know
  Posted on: March 5, 2016 7:41 pm

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Solution 3
Posted October 10, 2016 6:18 pm

ZaBuBy
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I think the relationship between salary and teachers is an ongoing struggle. I always run into family members, friends, old colleagues, and when I tell them that I am an Education Major, the response has never changed, "you want to be a teacher, with what they get paid?" And I always come back with things, but honestly they are right. It would take about 3 years my ENTIRE salary to pay off my student loans, where as there are other majors that lead jobs with salaries much larger that I could pay off student loans much easier and quicker. But a lot of other jobs do not have passionate people employed. I want to be a teacher because I love children, I care for their education, and I want to be a part of their success in the future.

P.S. Summers OFF! (lol)
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Solution 4
Posted October 17, 2016 2:08 am

qunumy
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I think this is a fair question. There are more and more candidates as more people are becoming teachers. I would be looking for someone who is compassionate for teaching.
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Solution 5
Posted October 9, 2016 2:07 pm

eTytun
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I definitely agree this is a fair question. We hear about all the teachers become "burnt out" quickly and lack of passion will definitely do that to a person. If teaching isn't in your heart, you don't love your students and seeing the spark in their eye when they finally master a task you are in the wrong profession. It's not about the money, but the minds and hearts we impact everyday. The students are the reason we go to work everyday and love what we do.
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Solution 6
Posted October 12, 2016 7:43 pm

jaDehy
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I believe that this is a fair question to ask during an interview. The purpose of the interview is to weed out who really wants to be there and for what reasons.
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Solution 7
Posted October 8, 2017 3:17 am

Maritza
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I think that it is fair questions because teaching is a difficult profession. You need to be physically and emotionally prepared to face some difficult challenges in the classroom. I often hear people make comments such as: being a teacher is so easy, teachers get too much vacation. The truth is that it is a demanding job. Some people change majors from other jobs thinking that teaching will be easier. The administrators have the right to question the candidate who is interviewing for a job.
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Solution 8
Posted July 10, 2017 1:56 am

eSaTag
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I believe that if you want someone of a certain quality you have the right to ask them this question.
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Solution 9
Posted February 24, 2018 2:19 am

Wendy
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While I do not necessarily care for the way the question was phrased, asking a person why they are qualified and why they want the job are valid questions no matter what the field is.
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Solution 10
Posted October 7, 2018 10:41 pm

eVeQat
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I believe that this is a fair question to ask during an interview. The purpose of the interview is to weed out who really wants to be there and for what reasons. I would have responded that there is no career that is more rewarding out here than being a teacher.
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