I recently had an interview for a position that I was qualified and experienced to do.

I was confident and prepared, until the interview process began…

I was given 15 minutes to peruse the interview questions and watch a video.

Next, I was introduced to the three panel members and instructed that I had 30 minutes to answer the questions, the panelists would be writing so minimal eye contact would occur and the bell would ring when I had 5 minutes left.

Ready, set, go!


This was a position within the Early Childhood field . Minimal eye contact, minimal conversation? It threw me and I stumbled, more than once.

It made me consider how often our students stumble. Is it because of the learning space or assessment space we provide?

Do we provide a space in which they can be comfortable, confident, at ease, able to be themselves, demonstrate their abilities not their insecurities?