I have an interview on Thursday.

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  1. bros

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    That's what i'm planning on doing - in addition to getting a haircut and my dad wants to see if we can get a suit jacket - though that is unlikely - last time we tried (a few months ago). the big chains were like "Yeah, we don't have anything in that size, he's too skinny."

    "In addition to my student teaching, which concluded in December 2013, I have recently begun listening to lectures on Coursera on supporting children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties. I have also ordered some educational texts on literacy, which I plan on reading soon."

    It's complicated. I don't feel comfortable stating why in public. If you would like, I could elaborate in private message.
     
  2. a2z

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    No, bros. That's ok.
     
  3. TeacherGroupie

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    Find a store that sells boys' sizes, perhaps? They'll be skinnier. If the sleeves are too long, jackets made for women might do. One could also consider a nice cardigan.
     
  4. bros

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    The boys sizes are right in the chest, but have long sleeves.

    My dad insists that in order to look "presentable" at an interview, a guy must wear a suit jacket.
     
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    "Really-which educational texts? How will they help you prepare for this job?"

    (keep pretending I'm your interviewer)
     
  6. bros

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    "The Daily Five and the Cafe Book, both of which will help enhance my understanding of fostering literacy in students of all ages and to engage students in literacy instruction and assessment."
     
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    What have you worn to your other interviews?
     
  8. bros

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    Dress shirt, dress pants, and a clip on-tie.
     
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    That sounds perfectly acceptable for an interview.
     
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    "Ah, I see. Well, let's move on. As an instructional assistant, you will be working with students of all ages, under the supervision of several teachers. How might you approach a new teacher and classroom, and what information would you need to know on the first day?"
     
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    In your area, I would strongly advise investing in a suit.
     
  12. bros

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    "As I am not familiar with the school, I would need to know the locations of the classrooms to which I am assigned. I would also need to have some time to meet with the teachers to discuss their expectations and requirements of me while I am in their classroom. I would need to know the bell schedule, along with when staff are expected to arrive, so I can plan accordingly."

    The problem would be finding one that fits. I'm 5'6" and 100 lbs.
     
  13. a2z

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    Alterations, bros.
     
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    This. You can get alterations at a reasonable price.
     
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    "Well, of course you would be shown those things in your orientation. What I mean is, what specifically would you talk to the teacher about in regards to you assisting students?'

    Hint: IEP, MDT, 504...
     
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    I have a kid roughly that size and have no problems finding suits for him.

    ETA: I would have to get any new suits altered, because on top of being short and skinny, the bone disease he has results in shortened forearms, which means that any off the rack long sleeved shirts or jackets are going to be far too long. Still the alterations aren't ever more than ten bucks or so.
     
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    The site that was posted with adaptive clothes had some very nice things that did not look like it was for an elderly male and in men's small. After many years of working in a men's clothes store, I can tell you that a men's small is very close (less than an inch larger) to a boy's XL. All I have seen is excuse after excuse. You are very lucky to have your parents because you would be working and doing something productive even if you did not make much money if you were my son. Many people have disabilities but you dwell on them and think about how to overcome them but unfortunately you do not puts the thoughts into an action plan. I taught with a teacher who had lost his legs in an automobile accident and had little upper body strength due to the accident. He was an engineer and very smart but due to limitations was no longer able to keep his plant job so at 50 he embarked on a teaching career. There were adaptations made for him but he never let his disabilities get him down or keep him from accomplishing things. Before you say he was not born with his disabilities, he was 48 when he was disabled and it is much harder to change when you are older than if it is something that you had lived with all your life. I can see your dad' point of view--you need to do something productive with your life and maybe it is not teaching.
     
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    I don't understand. I teach 8th graders and some of the boys are around that height. They're tall and skinny. Buy a good suit (or even one from the boys dept. of a department store) and have it altered.
     
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    bro, my sons had suits from 7th grade on...for bar mitzvahs, sports dinners, family weddings, dances, proms, etc....they DO make suits in your size....
     
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    I'm still waiting for an answer to my interview question. :whistle:
     
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    Shortened? Ah: the story of my life. Get the jacket and take it to a tailor or dry cleaner that does alterations. You'll probably end up with sleeve buttonholes that are no longer real buttonholes, but since nobody ever unbuttons a jacket cuff, that's really not a problem. (Trust me: been there, done that, have the half-dozen or so altered jackets to prove it.)

    If you can get the jacket to a tailor early enough tomorrow, you might be able to pick it up Saturday afternoon.

    If you don't think you can get the jacket back from the tailor in time, you go get a roll of double-sided tape, which is sold at Target (though the double-sided tape sold at fabric stores works somewhat better). You fold the sleeves up to the right length on the INSIDE of the sleeve and use the double-sided tape to pin them in place so you can get through your interview, and then you drop off the jacket at the tailor on the way home so it'll be ready to go the next time.

    Double-sided tape is a very temporary repair, but it works for all manner of hems and repairs.
     
  23. bros

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    Any suggestions for a good place to start looking - we tried the suit stores Jos. A Bank, Men's Warehouse, and we checked Sears - the ones at Sears were made of rather... flimsy and irritating material, and the other two places were like "Nope, your frame is too small to buy a suit jacket here. Try somewhere else."

    Boys XL is too big for me - i'm more of a Boys M-L.

    With regards to your statement, you are correct - the older one is when a disability is acquired, the harder it is for the person to handle/manage it - but it isn't like being born disabled is a walk in the park or makes it any easier to deal with my disabilities.

    My dad is simply annoyed because he believes that nobody should do anything that they enjoy - he worked three jobs through college, even though it was paid for in full through his father's GI Bill. If you ask him why he worked, he'll tell you that he worked "because he wanted some extra beer money." He is the kind of person who will never let himself rest. He mows our one-acre lawn almost every weekend... even though nobody can see it (None if it is facing the street, and the deer start to eat the grass if it grow long enough). He'll get annoyed at my mom for watching a 30 minute show on TV that she wants to watch, even if he is just walking through the house on his way to do some other random activity around the house.

    I've never been to any of those things so I wouldn't know.

    From what I have encountered so far in the search for a suit jacket, the L & XL boys suit jackets are too wide around the stomach and too long in the arms - but right in the chest and loose in the shoulders.

    With XS/S mens suit jackets, I am swimming in them.

    Yeah, we were going to look for a tailor in a nearby town filled with all sorts of boutique stores and things of that nature.

    Sorry, I opened the tab before and didn't read it.

    "I would want to ask the teacher(s) about any students on IEPs, 504s and what their accommodations are and what their related services are, if any, and what the schedules for those are, in case I need to escort the students to them. I would also ask if there are any students that they suspect of having a disability who may be going through the district's I&RS process at this time."
     
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    Almost every large store here that sells clothing in boy's sizes has suit jackets--Walmart, Sears, etc. While they may not be the most comfortable or the best quality, they would more than serve the purpose for an interview. Put it on just before you walk in the door of the school and take it off as you walk out.

    Here's another question: In this role, you'll be working with many teachers throughout the day. How will you work to ensure that you and the teachers are able to share information about the students you are supporting?
     
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    Have you got a Burlington Coat Factory anywhere in striking distance, bros?
     
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    All of the jackets at sears were very, very low quality. The insides were like tissue paper. No walmarts here.

    "I would try to meet with them during their preps to keep them up to date on student progress. If I were unable to meet with them during their prep or after school, I would send them an email with a report on how the student did that day."

    We used to have one about ~25 minutes away, but it went out of business about 4.5 years ago.

    Nothing within 10 miles.

    Within 15 miles, there is a Burlington Coat Factory near a mall - which has a Boscov's, a Lands End, a Lord & Taylor, an "Express", an "H&M"

    The next closest one is in NY.

    I'll see if my dad is willing to go, then from there we'd have to find a tailor.
     
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    Enough with the dang suit already! If you can't find a place that sells your size, wear a dress shirt and tie and BE DONE WITH IT!

    Do you not see that you have more pressing issues to think about than a SUIT JACKET???

    For cryin' in the night, bros, this interview was supposed to be over by now!!

    You should NOT be worrying about this now. What in the heck were you going to wear to the last few interviews you had? You should have had this figured out and have one in the closet already. You.Are.WASTING.TIME.

    Ok...sigh. Let's continue.

    "How would you work with a student who was chronically unmotivated to do any of his work?"
     
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    edit: nevermind
     
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    Uh, ok.

    Again, bros:

    "How would you work with a student who was chronically unmotivated to do any of his work?"
     
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    What about Penney's?
     
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    This is stuff you need to figure out on your own. You are an adult man. I honestly don't know how you are going to teach when you can't even go about finding a suit or transportation.

    Teachers are problem solvers.
     
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    I have reached the point that I think we are enabling you, Bros, as much, if not more than your parents.
     
  33. bros

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    I don't know, my dad keeps pressing the suit jacket thing.

    "I would try to figure out why the student is unmotivated, then attempt to figure out a way to motivate them to do tasks - perhaps through a behavior chart."

    There's a JC Penney at another mall about 40 minutes away, I think.
     
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    What steps are you going to take to find out why they are unmotivated and what may motivate them? Be specific!
     
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    Bros, at this point the interview would be over. You haven't answered a question with enough specifics to know YOU.

    I'll try again.

    "What specific steps would you take to help an unmotivated student?"
     
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    "I would first attempt to establish a rapport with the student, then I would emphasize them for effort put forth and praise them for work put forth."
     
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    Although this is for a para position, it is wise to treat this as if it was a teaching position so you can have more practice.

    You stated that you would establish rapport. What do you mean by that? How would you establish rapport? Be more specific as your statement tells me nothing about what you would do. Think of what you would really would do.
     
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    Great question...
     
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    Be specific, bros. what are some ways you can do that?
     
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    And what are some ways you are going to exhibit a passion for this... Keep in mind there will be other candidates with experience,who know ABA, who may have connections in the district, who have experience working in schools...you always need to stand out in a good way..
     
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