I have an interview! 1:1 position

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  1. MisterG

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    Hi all,
    I've been gone for a long time. The last time I logged in was back in September. I wasn't renewed for contract this time last year so I ended up moving with my wife and got a new job as a truck driver.

    Anyways, she has been talking up a position that now is open. Its a one-on-one spot. One student and thats it. Basically its out in the country and Id live out there. Housing is paid for as well as utilities...etc. I sent in my application and got a call on Friday for the interview which is later this week.

    But Im trying to think of some questions and I have a small list...will think more as time goes on.

    Anything I should think of to ask?

    One of my concerns is that this is a one on one position. We as teachers are trained to teach to groups of students and I really, as dumb as this sounds, don't know how to teach everything one on one. Im thinking of there being more hands on stuff...but Im trying to figure out how one would teach in this position.
     
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  3. Proud2BATeacher

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    Is this a job as a teacher or a teacher assistant/parapro?

    I would ask who is responsible for writing the IEP, where you will be working with the student, if the student will be integrated into a regular ed. class, what you are to do if the student is absent (1-day, extended period...do you have to go to the home), what teaching material will be made available to you, if there are any specialists that will be working with the student (speech, OT..), will you have a mentor...
     
  4. MisterG

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    Its a teaching position. He has a speech issue so I think that falls under the responsibility of the speech pathologist for the IEP. The district provides a trailer which is used for housing and another for the classroom. Not sure about a mentor either, lol...godd questions for sure tho. We would go in to town twice a month and during that time I believe he is also placed in a regular ed classroom...need to figger out what my duties are during that time as well. But I imagine Id have the resources available at that school as far as materials and such to steal / borrow.
     
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    Is there a reason why you guys will only go into town twice a month? You said this job is in another country, did you mean another county? I guess, now I would ask who would watch your student while you have to go to the restroom? What happens when you are sick - do you call a sub?,
     
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    Lol sorry for my bad typing...rough day. The student is in the same country, lol. As well as county. It's just a situation where the family is rather far out of town and it seems like they pushed hard to get it so he could stay out there. We would go into town twice a month for his speech therapy lessons at the school in town. During those days, he / we would be in a regular classroom with other students from what I understand.
    I don't know about the bathroom situation either or how breaks / prep time is done. As weird as it sounds...I don't think that is that big of an issue...as some things might just need to be bent in order to make it work out there. Basically I don't get any prep time during the day because the student is with me during the entire day.

    As far as subs...good question there too, I figure that they could send someone out there, or we would just cancel for the day, not sure.
     
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    I could handle 1 kid all day!

    I'd be sure to protect myself from anything that you might get caught up in regarding s.....e.....x....or any kind of touching issues, yes, I wrote it. It's the real world. I had a male Novice Teacher 2 years ago & I really talked w/him about being very careful. A parent can get mad at you & you'd be toasted. This happened in my district w/a P.E. teacher. Apparently a little girl plopped down and sat in his lap and he tried to pick her up to move her and she said he touched her in the wrong spot. His word against the kid. I've known the man forever and would NEVER have done anything so stupid. Ended up scandalous for him, district moved him to another campus.
     
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    i agree, that is a concern but Im not overly concerned about it at this point in time. Never had a problem with boys.

    Anywho...part of my question here is the 1 on 1 factor as far as teaching styles. This actually what Im thinking about the most, in regards to HOW to actually teach the child. To me, its weird to write up on a white board with just one child there, lol. How does one teach just one child? I mean, for example...when one has reading groups and such, they work with a group, and then let them go and read some more in that book while the teacher works with another group. Id only have one group and I would hate to have him burn out on reading, because ideally youd want there to be reading during the Guided reading time as well as some independant reading on his own for a while.

    So hmm maybe a better question to ask would be that...what if YOU had only one student to teach, how would you do it?
     

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