1. What were two challenges you faced? 2. How did you feel during those challenges? 3. How were you able to overcome those situations? 4. Would you have done anything differently? Why or why...

1. What were two challenges you faced? 2. How did you feel during those challenges? 3. How were you able to overcome those situations? 4. Would you have done anything differently? Why or why not? 5. What did you learn from those experiences?

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sciftw | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

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One challenge that I have faced was obtaining my first teaching position after graduating college.  It was a nerve wracking experience.  There was always a worry that I might not get hired or hired at a position that I was excited about.  The entire process left me anxious quite often.  I did get hired by exactly the school that I wanted to work for, so the result of the process was a good one.  

How I achieved that goal was through hard work and preparation.  Before getting hired, I sent out resumes and applications to any school that was hiring for the position that I wanted.  I sent my information to dozens of schools.  I even sent applications to schools that were out of the country.  What that did was net me quite a few interviews.  Interviewing is a skill, and the best way to develop a skill is through practice.  I interviewed a lot, so by the time that I went into the interview of my school of choice, I knew exactly what they were going to ask and what my answers needed to be.  

No, I wouldn't do anything differently.  The entire process reaffirmed my belief that preparation is key to overcoming obstacles.  

Another challenge occurred soon after.  It was my first year of teaching.  My process in overcoming that challenge was the same as my process for the interview.  I made sure that I was as prepared as I could be each day that I went into the classroom.  

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