teacher insight test

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  1. abk327

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    Has anyone ever taken one of these? two of the schools i am applying to require you to take them...one on the phone one on the computer. I have heard only bad things about these. What makes it hard? what types of questions are asked?
     
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    I've taken two before and done extremely well both times....don't sweat it! Are the people telling you it's hard because it was hard for them or do they think you will have difficulty? The questions really just test your professionalism in various situations as well as your understanding of "common sense" judgement situations involving the job. As long as you were well
    prepared to teach and you feel confident in your
    abilities as a teacher, you should be fine. People do well on this insight test all the time....why shouln't you? Trust me...if you don't do well on it, you wouldn't have been a good fit for their school system anyway so it saves you the trouble of accepting a job that wasn't right for you. Remember, you want to work for a school district that you want to be at not just some school that will give you a job! You'll be fine!!!
     
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    ABK327

    I took this last year before I could be accepted into my certification program. Mine was computer based and I remember mine being all multiple choice and the answers on a scale like strongly disagree to strongly agree or something like never to always.I remember it being long and I think you only had like a minute to answer each one so you want to make sure you are not interrupted. That was not a problem but I day dreamed on one and missed answering it. ANYWAY......

    A lot of my questions were similar- almost like they were trying to see how truthfully or consistently I was answering them. If you've ever taken one of those personality tests, it was like that. A few examples

    I think it is very important to have humor in every lesson.

    then later it might ask something similar like...

    I try to incorporate humor whenever possible.



    I think it is important for my student to know me personally,

    then later I got things like this

    I see no problem with my students knowing whether I am sad or happy.


    Sometimes I let my students know what problems I am having outside of school so they know I am human too.




    When I compare myself to other teachers I am
    much worse to much better spectrum

    I never put any extreme unless it was very obvious that I knew what they were looking for...Like "some kids will just never get it so at times you have to just quit trying"

    Oh and then there were some that dealt with honesty and bending rules....

    I don't remember anything that was specifically related to content. It was really more of a personality type thing. It wasn't hard at all it was just that I wanted to say "yes but" on a lot of them.

    Hope this helps in some small way.
     
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    Good memory! It WAS exactly like that....needless to say....it wasn't memorable for me so I must not have stressed it much. It did ask the same questions repeatedly and worded differently and the scale was strange to get used to but it WAS just like lemonhead said! Good Job!!
     
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    LOL Zoe

    I really have a bad memory but for some reason those questions just stuck out.

    Now, if I sould just remember what I did with that Kohl's gift card I got for Christmas!
     
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    so pretty much you aren't trying to say what you think is right...you are saying what you think "highly effective" teachers say...they sound terrible...the questions you gave examples for make me confused...I think you should try to incorporate humor into your lessons, but not all the time...it is not necessary...so what answer are they looking for and I talk with my kids about my life...but not everything I am sad about...I would hate to not get an interview because of a test
     
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    It happened to me. I thought I had a job until I took the stupid test. I felt like many of the questions needed clarification. I have taught many kids over the years, but because of the test I wasn't considered a highly effective teacher. I took another one the other day and answered the way I thought the school district might want me to answer. I haven't heard yet how I did. One teacher said she took it several times and sometimes she passed and sometimes she didn't.
    A link that helped me was:http://www.careercenter.ilstu.edu/downloads/pdfs/TeacherInsightBehavioralInterviewThemes.pdf
    Someone previously on the forum said to answer with Strongly agree or strongly disagree. And remember it is all about the kids.
     
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    Of course, you never know your results.

    One school I was interested in didn't interview me for one social studies position but did offer to interview for an adult ed position, so I suppose I didn't do terribly or they would not have considered interviewing me for anything.

    But, I despise the Teacher Insight.

    I have an excellent teacher philosophy, but being a person who thought the "well sometimes that would be okay"...humor etc....when doing the test I just don't know how well I did.

    I made sure I did not put the middle on anything and had a clear opinion..lots of strongly agrees and disagrees etc.
     
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    And then I did the opposite --never strong one way or the other unless obvious answer. I was afraid I would look opinionated or unfleixble.

    I did get accepted into my teaching program but that is not a JOB!

    I'm going to see if I can find more info out...stay tuned
     
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    ABK327- please dont stress about it. You are exactly right-it IS what high quality teachers do. It's all about the kids, being in it for the long haul and doing what it takes.

    Here's a little that might help and use that link above...I think it lists the 10 or 12 areas that are key. (My adobe reader so I can't check it)

    The polling organization's open-ended and multiple-choice questions are designed to determine whether teaching applicants have such qualities as a sense of mission, empathy, innovation, focus and the ability to develop good rapport with students.

    To test an applicant's sense of mission, for example, one Teacher Insight question is: "Why did you want to become a teacher?"
    To explore an applicant's empathy, the program includes situations like this one:
    "After school, you come across a student whom you know who is crying. He's 16 years old. You ask him what is the matter, and he says he was caught cheating. What would you do?"
    (I remember this one- the answers were like 1) tell him stealing is wrong 2) call his parents 3) remind him he is a good kid that made a bad choice and something else)

    How TeacherInsight works:
    1. Candidates answer multiple-choice and open-ended questions online using a 5-point Likert scale.
    Questions focus on three areas:
    • Teaching philosophy - To what extent is there a mission to teach, to what extent is teaching not a job,
    but a mission, a calling?
    • Relationships - How does the candidate create relationships with colleagues, students and parents?
    • Instructional approaches - Does the candidate see a class or a group of individuals?

    2. Candidates’ answers are compared to Gallup’s pool of 400 high-quality teachers, identified nationally by teachers, principals and parents and a percentile ranking (0-99) is calculated based on his/her predicted potential for teaching success.

    3. Candidates’ scores are reported directly to the district’s central office databases where they are available to principals and Employee Services staff, but not to candidates or anyone else in the district.
     
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    My advice is if you really really really want to work for the district requiring the teacher insight test, give the answers you know they want to hear.........I think you do need to demonstrate strength and a bit of idealism...let's face it...we all know that in the real world of teaching, things happen differently but this test is like a college class in the college of education...deteached and idealistic. Play the game if you really really want the job. Before you take the district's test though, make sure to research the district and find out what their mission is. Find out a little about their best teachers and schools. What kind of people do they hire? What are their beliefs? See if the district has a web site. Visit the school, find out what you need to answer the questions in the way that will get you the job.
     
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    It's so funny that you say that because today I was listening to our student intern's teacher comment on her lesson. Everything she made criticisms about was idealistic and textbook perfect. I kept thinking the whole time, "she doesn't know the kids."
     
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    Thanks For The Info And Link

    I am changing careers into teaching and after completing an application this evening was directed to the TeacherInsight test. I assumed it was a sort of personality or character test but wanted to research it before I activated the testing. This was the first link I came upon when I searched for information and has been most helpful.
     
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    I'm in the process of taking the TEacher Insight & found this thread most helpful. Thanks for all the great info!
     
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    I had to take it as part of the online application process. I have no idea how I did, as they don't provide results. Also, for each county application, the results(whatever they are) are just transferred over to each application. So, I don't retake the test. Furthermore, I can only take the test once every two years. So, if I didn't do well I guess I'm up the creek for two years. Yippeeee...
     
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    One thing I noticed while taking the test is when you lean all the way to the right or the left of an issue, the same question shows up again later, just reworded. Also, if you answer in a way "they"
    (the computer program has been created by a person) think is too good to be true, the question shows up again, reworded. They do try to trip you up and see if you really meant what you said so be careful of contradicting yourself. That would not be good.
     
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    These tests always confuse me. By the time I get to the end of it and have had the same question asked, just worded differently, I forget how I answered it the first time.

    I'd love to hear what someone from a hiring panel would have to say about these tests.
     
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    "56. Do you seek private moments with your students? Yes, they need that time"

    I hate this question because I'm never sure what they mean. Are they looking for inappropriate behavior, or caring and connection with your students? Might be harder for me because I'm a male. I just don't know.
     
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    Incidentally, I hate these things, too. Just because you can't pass it doesn't mean you aren't a good teacher. I think districts have missed out on good teachers because of this test. I know for a fact that they've hired some flakes who did pass the test. I saw them when I working in public schools for ten years.
     
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    Not too good....

    Well, I don't think I did very well on that test b/c I haven't heard back from the school district who wanted me to take the test in the first place.

    Man! I just don't get this test! On most of the questions, I didn't agree with any of their answers. I just had to quickly choose one of them before the question was gone (they disappear & the next question pops up after the alloted amount of time).

    What ever happened to reading resumes and letters of recommendation and interviewing people in person? I have glowing letters of recommendation and 11 years of teaching experience in a private school, but I can't seem to get a job in a public school.

    I'm a good teacher, but I don't know if I'll ever get the chance to prove myself....

    It's so sad!
     

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