How do you answer this question?

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  1. MsBee

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    Describe your classroom?
    If I were to walk into your classroom from the beginning to the end what would I see?


    I was asked that and I said you would see me greeting the children every morning, music playing, students will be working together and respectfully. Students will be engaged in hands on activities.

    I don't think I answered this right. The interviewers just kindof looked at me. I don't know if I didn't go into great detail or what.
     
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  3. TeacherShelly

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    From the beginning to the end of the day? Of the room?

    They usually want to hear that there will be student work on the walls, children will be working in different groups (small group, pairs, 1:1 with the teacher), that there will be a buzz of learning...
     
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    I had no idea what they wanted. I guess I can add student work on walls and student made charts.
    And flexible grouping.
     
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    I also think "student centered classroom" is something else they would like to see.
     
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    What do you mean by student centered?
     
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    The opposite of 'teacher centered' :) Meaning you won't be standing in front of the classroom instructing for the entire period. Students are given the opportunity to discover knowledge on their own through jig-saw, centers and other hands on activities. As the teacher, you provide the opportunites for learning allowing students to investigate, process the information and learn.
     
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    I don't like trick questions. :blush:

    I originally thought it meant from the beginning (as you walk in) of the room til you get to the other side. :blush: :haha:
     
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    LMAO!!
     
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    :lol: :lol:
     
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    Did they say from beginning to end of the day, or beginning to end of your literacy block?
     
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    The day!
     
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    Oh, okay. We have to ask a similar question..."If I walked into your classroom during reading, what would I see?" Regardless, the other posters are spot-on with the student-centered stuff. Reading groups, centers, conferencing, small-group activities, and technology are always good. If it's just reading, you can't go wrong with balanced literacy.
     
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    Always mention Differentiated Instruction..it's a buzz word they all want to hear nowadays.
     
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    Maybe we should create a sticky with important buzz words! ;)
     
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    :D My excuse is going to be this...it's been a very long day; it's almost 1:30 am and I'm still up! hehe
     

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