Discussion in 'Job Seekers' started by lemonhead, Mar 5, 2008.
Apr 16, 2008
yes, I'm sorry typo. I'm particularly asking about 3rd & 4th only.
3rd tests Reading and Math. 4th tests Writing and Reading.
Thanks STG, I thought it was something like that. I got a bit confuse about the testing when someone mentioned to me recently that 4th grade does not test in TX. I didn't think that was right.
The one that is the strength is the easy one. For me my weakness is science. I love science and it is one of my favorite things to teach because I can make it so hands on. The problem is I feel that I need a lot of fine tuning and reflecting to make sure I cover what I need to cover and not just focus on the hands on activities and experiments.
HAHA STG I agree with STG. You could say that you use them for laying out the overall plans for the year. Then, throughout the year as you plan in greater detail, you refer to the TEKS and align you lessons with various strands in the content area. As a good practice, you always include the strands covered in your written lesson plan. This helps you and other teachers who use your plans to know which lesson aligns with which TEKS. Of course you also do TEKS check periodically to make sure your kids are mastering what is needed for their grade level.
See lemon? I knew you would come in here and fine tune my answer!!!
Teachling, 4th grade students don't have to pass their tests in order to be promoted like they do in 3rd and 5th.
Apr 17, 2008
Third tests reading and math. Fourth tests reading, writing, and math. But in about 9 school days it will all be over. *Huge sigh of relief.*
Thanks Lemonhead and STG- You've put what I ramble on about it a few concise sentences. Just what I needed!
I'm totally confuse now. Are you saying that they take the test but don't have to pass?
Yes. In 4th grade. In 3rd and 5th grade, they have to pass both the Reading and Math tests to go onto the next grade.
So what is the point? Practice run? I'm assuming that teachers still have to stress this exam to 4th graders & make every effort to help them pass it. What's been your experience?
Really, I don't know the point in testing them in reading and math in 4th grade since they've already been tested in 3rd and will be tested again in 5th. Maybe its just to ensure that students are on track in reading and math. They also test Writing in 4th, and I'm not sure the point of that either. It's too much testing IMO but I won't get on my soapbox.
Yes, 3rd and 5th grades are SSI years. For third grade, a student has to pass reading, and for fifth and eighth the student has to pass reading and math to be promoted. However, just because a student does not pass the TAKS test does not necessarily mean he or she does not go on to the next grade. If there is a unanimous decision made by the grade placement committee that the student is likely to perform at grade level with some additional instruction, then he or she is promoted.
The TAKS is just another form of a standardized state test, and it's purpose is to keep schools accountable for teaching students what they need to know. I've never known a teacher or student to try less hard just because they didn't teach an SSI grade. TAKS scores are looked at very seriously even if it doesn't directly affect a student's chance of being promoted to the next grade level.
I'll be ready for May when I don't have to think about this anymore!
Dumb question: what is SSI?
Not a dumb question! SSI = Student Success Initiative ... the years when there are grade advancement requirements based on the TAKS tests are sometimes referred to as SSI years.
Here are a few that I have been asked:
What assessments do you use to determine if students have learned anything from your lesson?
What workshops have you atteneded and what did you take from them?
How do you incorporate technology into your lessons?
Apr 19, 2008
Question: Tell me about yourself professionally?
For some reason I got stumpted on this question. I just started talking about things I do in my classroom, how I am with my collegues and administration. I also included how I am with parents. I kept going on and on...lol...next thing I knew she started writing down what I was saying under other questions I guess she was going to ask me.
How would you answer that question?
Apr 20, 2008
I think it means rather than tell me about "I am married with 2 kids and have lived here for 13 years...blah blah" tell me about what you have done professionally. Example: After I completed my student teaching at Blah and graduated from Harvard, I became a 3rd grade teacher at Blah blah. While there I... insert accomplishments here....Then I guess you would just talk about any other teaching jobs and what your accomplishments were there including extra activities in which you participated.
I like how you make things so simple lemonhead! I guess I was getting nervous after I sat down to talk and that was my first question. I can't even remember the other questions I had after that. But it still went good. She said I can come anytime to the school and look around and ask any questions about anything. So I guess that's a good sign...right?
Below you will find several interview questions, I was give at my last interview.
Interview Questions: 1. If students are having difficulty learning a skill or concept, what do you do?
2. what techniques would you use to keep students actively involved and motivated during a lesson?
3. some of your students always finish assignments early. How do you deal with the free time that they have?
4. describe your balanced literacy program
Hope i can get some help in answering the above questions...
Apr 21, 2008
Hi MissWull Just wondering... what district was this for?
Others will disagree with me but I think it is more important to answer the question correctly on an online app or paper app than it is to answer them correctly in person. What I mean is, you may have not been right on the mark twhen you answered the question but she was still able to connect with your tone, body language, facial expression, personality etc. She was familiar with her questions so she was able to fill in some of them. If you would have answered a written question that way, I believe it would have been more of a negative.
I was going through my online app the other day, which I had already submitted, and I realized I didn't not even answer the first half of a 2 part questions!
I think you probably did great The fact that she said you could come back anytime to look around or ask questions is a positive. Did she mention to you when she will make a decision? Which grade was this??
A while back I researched the concept of a balanced literacy for understanding. I found this & wanted to get input as to whether this covers it. In a balance literacy program you have to ensure you address all the components as follows:
Read aloud - teacher reads aloud - this serves as a model of fluent reading, develops sense of story & vocabulary, encourages prediction, buidls a community of readers, develops active listening
Share reading - student/teacher - this demonstrates awareness of text, develops sense of story or content, promotes reading strategies, develops fluency & phrasing, increase comprehension
Guided reading - promotes reading strategies, increase comprehension, encourages independent reading
Independent reading - encourages strategic reading, increase comprehension, supports writing development, develops fluency, promotes reading for enjoyment & info
Model/share writing - develops concept of print, writing strategies & supports reading development, provides model for a variety of writing styles, models connection between sounds, letters & words, produces text that students can read independently
Interactive writing - provides opportunities to plan & construct texts, increase spelling knowledge, produces written language resources in the classroom, creates opportunity to apply what has been learned
Independent writing - strengthens text sequence, develops understanding of multiple uses of writing, etc.
Thanks so much for your answers Teachling and Lemonhead.....I will post more questions when I can remember what i was asked.
i'm trying to come up with some questions to ask the principal during my interview...
-What type of support does the library have? (i.e. library secretary/volunteers/etc)
-What do you feel is the main goal and function of the library?
-What type of schedule does the library operate on?
-Why is this position currently available? (this is one I'm not sure about)
-Are there any aspects of the library you would like to see improved?
any other ideas?
On some of the postings for my district, it asks that you have Best Practices in Instruction. Does this mean, balanced literacy, technology integration, small group instruction, etc.?
From what I gathered, it encompasses a wide range of attributes that include what you have stated as well as early intervention, differentiated instruction, campus instructional plan. Would like to hear what everyone else knows about best practices.
Hi all! I've been reading this thread and found many great interview answers. Thank you all for taking the time to help others. I am now also a job seeker, and will be going to job interviews and job fairs soon.
I have one question which I stumped on:
How would you handle a conference with a parent who does not think there is a problem with the student?
Any answers will be appreciated.
I would make sure that I had documentation of the students struggles and problems to present to the parent so they could be aware that there is a problem.
Just a thought...
Hi I'm fairly new, I just happened to have an idea on this topic...I would imagine a good answer would have something to do with having excellent records/class work to show the parent and educate them on where their child is vs. where he/she should be...
Okay, I have an interview in 2 days, I can't sleep, because all of the education terms/ interview answers keep swimming around in my head! I'm afraid I have to know everything, and afraid the interviewers will expect me to know the developmental stages of every subject in every grade!
Anyone else worried like this?
Apr 22, 2008
How would you handle a conference with a parent who does not think there is a problem with the student?
Aside from documenting all behaviors and keeping records of work, I would make sure that you mention the fact that you also talk to the parents about the good things that the child does so they won't feel like you are attacking their child. (Hopefully regular communication between the parents and teacher has already occurred.) Then, when it is time to talk about the behaviors that need to change they will be a little more open-minded. Always start with a positive!
Keep in mind it might not just be behavior, it could be academic issues that the parent doesn't think are a problem.
In either event, I agree with what previous posters said. In regards to addressing the parent, I also think you need to say that you will absolutely positively hear the parent out and stay open minded. I think that if you know you are in the right, one of the things the parent should be made aware of is what this continued behavior or academic struggle might mean in the future if left unaddressed. I am talking more about natural consequences like loss of friends on the behavior side or being pulled out of class for academic issues, or possible failure in class. Then I would quickly follow up with some suggestions that have worked in the past with student with similar issues.
Apr 24, 2008
I have gotten this questions a few times and I never feel comfortable how I answer it?? It goes something like this
Question: How will get and "go about" parent involvement?
One of the first things I do is contact the parents within the first few weeks of school, just stating how excited I am to have their student in my class. Making that first contact a positive one will make contacting them in the future for any negative things easier. You could talk about how you plan on bringing parents into the classroom with career days, student readings (poetry, readers theater).
Apr 25, 2008
I posted this question earlier, but I think it got lost in the shuffle.. I've been asked this twice and I want to make sure I answer it correctly if it comes up again.
What area of the curriculum are you the strongest in?? What area of the curriculum do you need refinement in?? It's that annoying strengh and weakness question, but they specifically ask about subject matter.
How should I respond?? I'm strongest in math and I need to improve in writing, which I already have a plan. Should I not even mention my weakness in writing? If not, how should I respond?
GEG-if you have a plan for it, then by all means mention writing as your weakness, but be sure to bring up your plan to improve on it. That's what admin want to hear. We all have weaknesses, but they want to know that you have a plan to improve on it.
My strength is my flexibility, and being able to see when a lesson is not going right and change gears to get it back on track. Also technology integration, I try to incorporate technology in lessons that lend themselves to the use of technology.
My weakness would be time management. I've had lessons that haven't taken as long as I thought they would and lessons that have run over the time I thought they would so I have learned to adapt my lessons to include more activities and on the lessons that have run over, I've made sure to keep discussions and activities on track.
So what do you guys say for the typical Strength and Weakness Question?
Q: What is your greatest strenght and your greatest weakness?
I don't know what to say for Strengths but I one for weakness.
A: Weakness: There are so many a creative activity that I plan for my student’s and class time is limited. It is difficult to incorporate all of the activities that I would like my students to learn from. Over time, I have realized that to prioritize my lessons are most important in order enhance student learning.
It probably could be answered better but, it kinda makes it seem as if it hardly a weakness? Any ideas for Strengths