Well yet another day and another rejection letter! Boy it gets so hard to stay positive that one day I will get hired for a teaching job, I would actually be happy to just get an interview...but I digress.... I could use a hand with these Applitrack answers, I am just wondering if they are answering the questions, and if their is anything I should add or subtract in hopes of getting an interview! Any and all help will be highly appreciated! 1. Describe the skills or attributes you believe are necessary to be an outstanding teacher. I honestly believe that to be an outstanding teacher one must have several qualities. Compassion for the students is an absolute must. I also believe that a teacher must have a passion for what they do. I am very passionate about teaching and making it relevant to the students. The ability for a teacher to become very adaptable to many situations is also very important. Making sure that every student is getting the most out of every single lesson is very important. Teachers must also love what they do. I believe an outstanding teacher loves their job immensely and should be honored that they are able to teach the country's youth. I feel that teaching is not only a noble profession but also one of the most important jobs in our country. I also believe an outstanding teacher should have a deep knowledge of their content. As a history teacher, I am constantly learning more and more in order to incorporate it into my classrooms. I believe a teacher must be a great communicator, both verbally and non-verbally. Being able to pick up on non-verbal cues given by students can help to determine if there is some sort of issue plaguing a student. I believe that an outstanding teacher plays a vital role in the development of children. The future for these children depends heavily on the quality of work that their teachers provide. A teacher must be able to make their children believe in themselves and give their students the feeling that they can be successful. 2. How would you address a wide range of skills and abilities in your classroom? There are so many different things a teacher can do to address a wide range of skills and abilities. I think one of the first things that must be done is to get to know each student’s strengths and weaknesses. This will help a teacher to differentiate their lessons in order to maximize the amount of students who will comprehend that lesson. Being able to work with Special Education staff in developing IEP's for students is also an important way to ensure a student is getting the most out of each lesson. I think the best way to address these variations in abilities is to differentiate lessons. Trying to incorporate different lessons that touch on many different levels of Gardner's Multiple Intelligences. I also think it is important to discover each students interests and try to incorporate those interests into the classroom. It is very important to treat each student as an individual and work with their strengths and their weaknesses in order to achieve a high rate of success in the classroom. One of the most important reasons I have for becoming an educator is because I want to be that teacher who makes a difference in a student’s life. I believe by being a great teacher, I want to not, only help a student become successful in school, but also as a person. I want all students to believe that education can truly take them anywhere they want to go, and I am living proof of this! Another important reason is because I have a very strong passion for history. I want to find a way to convey the importance of studying history with how important and relevant it can be in each of our lives. I have many ideas for lessons that I hope will bring history alive and make it a favorite area of study for students. Lastly I became a teacher because there is nothing more exciting and satisfying than seeing the sense of accomplishment and pride when a student does well on an exam or earns a better grade than they expected. 3. From your point of view, how important is technology in education? What technology-related skills can you contribute to a school district? I feel that bringing technology into the classroom is an absolute must. With how fast technology evolves, students need to know how to use technology, and also be taught how technology can better their everyday lives. I hope that in the future schools will be able to provide such things as iPads or laptops for students. I feel as if teaching a history class while being able to use an iPad, not only opens up a wealth of knowledge but also makes lessons much more interactive with the students. By making these lessons more interactive will also make them more relevant to the students. Making a lesson relevant to a student can be a difficult task, but with the help of technology, I feel that lessons will be long lasting in the students memory. I have worked with SMART boards while doing my student teaching, and students seemed to enjoy being able to actively walk up to the SMART board and write on it etc. I feel that I can become much more competent in this area with more practice and learning the strengths and weaknesses of such educational tools.