November 05, 2006

How Would You Move Mount Fuji?

One of my favorite books to read and re-visit is by William Poundstone. It's called How Would You Move Mount Fuji? The slogan on the back of the book says, "The answers to these and other mind-bending puzzles from Microsoft's legendary interview process are inside."

I've been reviewing the book for a couple of weeks as we prepare to hire a new teacher at Sheridan Elementary. Part of Central Montcalm, Sheridan Elementary and our other lower elementary, Stanton, are using 31A funds to help reduce class sizes.

We had a committee of six people during the process. We also included the following: the candidates all taught a lesson in a first grade classroom, they all took part in the Perceiver, they took part in a 30-minute interview, and they completed a writing task. In addition, I spoke with several references for each candidate. The process has been time-consuming, energizing, and fulfilling. Tomorrow, the final three candidates will return one last time.

I'm considering finding a question from Fuji? that I could challenge the candidates with tomorrow. I plan to ask five to seven questions to get to know them better and see how they would handle a scenario.

As you read this ... what do you look for in a teacher?

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