elem ed student needs a teacher to interview

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    dmcnebr New Member

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    I'm a student at University of Phoenix online and I had an assignment due on Sunday (26Jul) but the teacher I sent the interview questions to has never responded and my assignment is late! Help! I need one teacher to answer 5 interview questions regarding decision-making in the classroom. They are somewhat thought-provoking, so may take a little more than just 5 minutes to answer, but if anyone has the time, please help me to get this project in. Here are the questions; if I can get this turned in tonight or tomorrow, I'll still get a grade on it.

    o What are some examples of typical, quick decisions teachers make on a daily basis?

    o What were the 5 most difficult school-related decisions you made this week? What made them difficult?

    o What was the impact of those decisions on the classroom environment? Were the decisions effective?

    * What would you recommend a new teacher do (or what techniques should they use) to maintain control of the classroom and not let the students push the teacher's buttons?

    * What do you find the most effective method of dealing with students who have a different learning style from the majority of the class (as pertains to keeping the lesson flowing smoothly and having minimal disruption)? :thanks:
     
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    iluvteachin Rookie

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    I can only answer some of them but here goes:

    o What are some examples of typical, quick decisions teachers make on a daily basis?

    -how to adjust the lesson to make it more successful


    o What were the 5 most difficult school-related decisions you made this week? What made them difficult?

    it's summer so I haven't really made a lot of decisions... but I've done the following in the last 2 weeks:
    -decided what books we're reading this year - it's hard because I have a mixed class in my English class so the requirements are different for them all
    -decided on my math curriculum - it's hard because the students are below grade level and I don't want to overwhelm them but I want them to benefit from the class


    o What was the impact of those decisions on the classroom environment? Were the decisions effective?

    -can't really tell you since it's summer again :)

    * What would you recommend a new teacher do (or what techniques should they use) to maintain control of the classroom and not let the students push the teacher's buttons?

    -be firm - establish rules and adhere to them - do not let students take advantage of anything. it's hard at first, but they respect you for it later on

    * What do you find the most effective method of dealing with students who have a different learning style from the majority of the class (as pertains to keeping the lesson flowing smoothly and having minimal disruption)?

    -spending more time with them during individual working sessions... -allowing them to ask as many questions as necessary (as long as I feel it will benefit other students as well - if there isn't any benefits, I tell them I will answer them as soon as I am done with the whole class)
     
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    dmcnebr New Member

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    Thank you so much for your reply! You have saved my skin. I see you're in Massachusetts - may I ask where? I spent my first three years in the Navy at NAS South Weymouth, which is now closed. I miss the location but I don't miss the cost of living up there! :)
     
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    I hope this helps
     
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    iluvteachin Rookie

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    :) fortunately my job pays somewhat well! :) I'm up in the Marlborough area. I teach in Newton though!

    Hopefully next poster gave you some good answers as well but let me know if you need anything more. GL!!
     
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    czacza Multitudinous

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    dmcnebr: Next time, cover your bases! Don't wait until the assignment is falling apart and you are under the gun...You'll learn as a teacher, it's always good to have a 'back up plan'. :angel:
     
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    dmcnebr New Member

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    Thanks for the advice - I'm always a day late and a dollar short but trying to get better at it. It's so hard working full-time, going to school full-time and taking care of a house and kids as a single mom - I think I'm going crazy! I really didn't expect my old teacher to let me down, but even now, on Wednesday night, I still haven't heard from him, even after I emailed him asking him to just confirm that he had received the questions!
     
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    Lionteacher - Thank you as well for your response - you guys were both great in offering help on short notice. You make me look forward to becoming a teacher! It seems like there is a real camaraderie in the teaching community.
     
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    Teachers I have found tend to be some the most generous with sharing ideas and generosity with helping each other out.
     

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