Interview questions (2008)

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  1. kass

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    Thank you very much! :)
     
  2. kass

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    Wow, you are good! Excellent answer, thank you!:2up:
     
  3. Master Pre-K

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    Thanks..and you are quite welcomed!!
     
  4. mkmaxwell

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    How about these?

    1. You have an autistic child in your classroom who has a hard time with transitions. How do you accomodate this child?

    2. What 3 words would your students use to describe you?
    What 3 words would parents describe you?

    -I said students: 1. fair, I maintain consistency and respect 2. fun or in a students own words: cool-- that I do fun projects,etc 3. patient, they feel I listen to them,care, and value them as a person
    - I said for parents: 1. good communicator 2. caring about their individual child, that I do what it takes so their child learns in the best manner, 3. That their child enjoys being in my class!

    3. How do you know that your students are learning?
     
  5. Master Pre-K

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    First, I have to contain myself and try not to make a face when they say 'autistic child'. It seems to me that a professional educator word use the appropriate language and say, 'a child with autism."

    Once I get by that, I would say. "It would be my hope that my student with autism is assigned a one-on-one aide, who would be able to shadow him/her and be prepared for transitions. As a team, we would work on strategies that provide the most effective way of improving his skills and increasing his abilities to deal with change. One of the things I would suggest is having my aide take the student to the door to be the line leader, or head out of the classroom before we line up. In that way, the student will not be overwhelmed by the sudden movement of the rest of the class."

    (still steaming over this. :mad: Word to the wise..when they use language like this, it shows me that are not very accepting of special ed. students.)

    #2

    "I feel my parents would say I am supportive, understanding and resourceful. I believe they would tell you that I stand up for the rights, and listen to their needs. I also feel they would say I make an effort to understand their concerns. In addition, I believe my parents would tell you that I offer a wealth of information, and provide them with the direction to get the help they need."

    #3

    "I know my students are learning when they are able to teach back to others. When my students make observations, use vocabulary words in the proper context, and ask me questions related to the themes that are presented, I know they are learning. The best example of student learning is when they explain a concept to another student."

    How can we prepare to answer questions about our skills, background and abilities, without secretly trying to decipher what the interviewer really wants...and what type of person they are??

    I find that more challenging. I may blow the interview, but it may the best decision I made at the time.
     
  6. Master Pre-K

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    From the Suburban Cook County (IL) online consortium...

    This is really cool, because when you complete one district online application, you can automatically download your responses to as many schools that are in the online database! :cool:

    Describe the skills or attributes you beleive are necessary to be an outstanding teacher.

    How would you address a wide range of skills in your classrom?

    Please explain how your past personal and professional experience make you a quality candidate for the postion for which you are applying.

    These two questions are for teacher aides...

    Describe the skills or attritibutes you believe are ncessary to be outstanding when working in student support services (teacher aide)

    How would you address a wide range of issues in your group?
     
  7. lilmisses1014

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    Me too! Thanks for providing great responses to these questions!! :)

    And Kass, I really must apologize to you since I royally messed up my response regarding the unit plan! After answering your question I looked back through my lesson plans to see what we did and realized that I got some information wrong. We did delay the next unit by two days and we reviewed the information. However, we re-wrote the test and only administered the first part (the part that they all seemed to correctly answer). For the second part, we decided to wait until the next social studies unit came up (in this district, they have a social studies unit, then study a sciene unit, then back to SS, etc...). The information the students messed up was going to be discussed in the next unit (economics) anyway, so we just combined units. Fortunately it worked well for them and they ended up doing well on that unit test.

    I also wanted to mention that my team reflected on our assessments and lesson plans to come up with different approaches/strategies for teaching the upcoming unit. In addition, during my guided reading time, I set up a learning station dedicated to their old social studies unit (though I always had a station that reviewed old information).

    Hope that helps! Sorry for messing that one up-- I feel like such a buttmunch! :eek:
     
  8. Rebel1

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    Here's a tricky one......WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE ABOUT YOUR LAST BOSS and the WORKING ENVIRONMENT THERE?
    Now! You definitely don't want to bad mouth your last boss so you have to be careful about your answer.
     
  9. Beth561

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    I would probably start off with something positive like it was extremely beneficial to have weekly staff meetings but I would have appreciated if we could have had a 15 minute brainstorming activity.. and the same for the working environment... the planning hour added much needed time to better prepare us for each lesson yet I would have enjoyed a synchronized period to meet with my other team members...:whistle:
     
  10. lilmisses1014

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    Wow, rebel1, that's quite a question!! I've never been asked anything like that before and hope I never am!

    Would it be wrong, though, to say that there is nothing I would change about my last boss and working environment? I was a LTS at the most wonderful school and treated like one of the faculty the day I was hired; all faculty and staff at that school were valued and treated well. My principal was amazing: supportive, excellent leader, thankful/appreciative. I would have loved to have had a job there, but there weren't any openings for the fall. :(

    If I talked about where I student taught, my response would be quite different...
     
  11. glitterfish

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    My interviewers (4th grade position) graciously gave me a copy of the questions so I could follow along during our meeting. I'm sure several of the same have already been posted here so I won't type all of them out, but here are some of the more unique ones. (PM me if you'd like the entire list of 12 qu's.)

    What does it mean to be a teacher?

    What is the ideal relationship between a teacher and student?

    What motivates you to achieve your goals to be successful?

    How would you describe yourself as a team member?

    How would others describe you as a team member?

    Why should you be selected for this position?
     
  12. mrhoug

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    More Interview Questions

    Thanks glitterfish for posting the interview questions. I added them to my website.

    Could you post or email me eric@road2teaching.com the other questions? Also, do you have any additional elementary-specific interview questions?

    Thanks!
    Eric
    www. roadtoteaching.com
     
  13. mkmaxwell

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    I GOT IT!!!!!

    Well, after my interview from last week, I thought "NO way did I get the job!" :( They had over 250 applicants, and interviewed about 20 people....so I was really just happy to have been interviewed! Anyway, they called yesterday and offered me the position!!!!!
    5th grade! I am super excited and (nervous too!) and wanted to thank you all for all the great contributions, this was a great help in my interviewing process.
    Now if you could just all help me set up my classroom in the next 2 weeks.... hehehe. :2up:
     
  14. Business_Tchr96

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    Beautifully stated.

    I am currently wearing my "Teachers Make All Others Professions Possible" t-shirt. Perhaps, you can tie that in to Number 1. The others were great. They seem "sincere." I've been teaching so long that it has become second nature. I often wonder how I would answer that question today. I would answer just as you did.

    Your classroom awaits you
     
  15. Business_Tchr96

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    MKMAXWELL,

    As I tell my friends who worry about their inexperience or their competition, "God already knows where your classroom is and what he has for you, is for you!"

    Congratulations

    This is why we teach--to encourage children to dream. You're living proof that they come true.
     
  16. lilmisses1014

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    MKMAXWELL, just wanted to wish you a big-time CONGRATS!!!

    I hope we read more posts like yours!
     
  17. smalltowngal

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    Congrats, mkmaxwell!! Sometimes the interviews we think we bombed are the ones that end up with offers.
     
  18. Master Pre-K

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    ditto lilimisses and smalltowngal!!

    and I am available... will set help set up classrooms for food...

    but not today...... :D

    congratualations!!!
     
  19. Master Pre-K

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    That is a total trip up, tick you off, make-you-wanna-get-up-and leave question!!!! :mad: You are sooo right. They want to strike a nerve! Relax, smile, and.....

    Here ya go!

    "Why would I want to change an environment which I could not control."

    "How can I change a person? I can only be responsible for my own actions."
     
  20. Master Pre-K

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    I believe I have the skills, ability and knowlege you are looking for. You want a team player who listens well and supports parents. I mentioned that I am resourceful and have experience with parental support. You want a qualified staff person who is willing to learn. I am certified, and I in the process of earning my Masters degree, to improve my understanding of the field. I want to be part of your team.
     
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