It's really not what you would consider a "regular interview" at this point.
Simply put, I'm just watching and listening.
Sure, I'm teaching my Reading Lesson, and my Math Lesson, and my Writing Lesson, etc. etc… but where I learn the most is when I'm not talking. There's a reason why I have 2 ears and only 1 mouth… to listen twice as much as I talk.
This is definitely one of those times where I try to be as observant as possible. Believe it or not, I haven't even analyzed what jobs they've applied for (which almost all of them have turned in).
The reason is simple:
I'm looking for what each student's strengths are (where probably a lot of teachers at this point in the year are noticing a lot of their weaknesses).
Strengths are what drive the world, and they will definitely drive how our classroom is run if I hire the correct students for their correct position at this point.
Certainly I'm noticing some of their weaknesses, too…. but I'm not going to focus on that just yet. We'll get to that once we hire all of the jobs.
Now that it's the long weekend, I have four days to contemplate everything that I've seen and heard over the past 3+ days… and the "drive by" interviews are now complete.
Come Tuesday (the day after Labor Day), is when I start to specifically ask them questions about what jobs they want to do.
I like the fact that I have some time to contemplate… because as you know, if you hire the correct people for jobs, things seem to go well.
On the flip side, if you hire people who might not have the correct skill set for something, it will take you more time in the long run to correct the mistakes that they might be making each day.
That's not the purpose of the P.O.W.E.R.F.U.L. PROGRAM.
Remember, it's to give you an opportunity to do what YOU were hired to do: