Interview

Discussion in 'Job Seekers' started by smalltowngal, Aug 19, 2008.

  1. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    46

    Aug 19, 2008

    It's for an aide position at a middle school for special education inclusion aide. The interview is Thursday, kids come back on Monday! :eek: This is a school that I had an interview at the beginning of May for a teaching job, but didn't get it because of my lack of teaching in the middle school setting. I could really use some good vibes! I NEED to get a job this year even if it is as an aide just to get my foot in the door. So here are some questions:

    What exactly does an Sped inclusion aide do?
    What questions should I expect to be asked in the interview?
    What are some questions I should ask the P?

    :thanks:
     
  2.  
  3. JaimeMarie

    JaimeMarie Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 13, 2005
    Messages:
    10,120
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 19, 2008

    Sending some positive vibes and prayers your way STG.

    I'm running late email me and I'll give you more information when I get home.
    J
     
  4. anewstart101

    anewstart101 Cohort

    Joined:
    May 20, 2006
    Messages:
    667
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 19, 2008

    sending you good vibes. Usually an inclusion aide is assigned to one student or a couple of students who are fully included in a classroom. It all depends how inclusion is done as to what your responsbilities will be. In one school the inclusion aide went around assisting students in various classrooms.

    Sending you good vibes.

    Stephanie
     
  5. MrTeacher

    MrTeacher Rookie

    Joined:
    Jul 2, 2008
    Messages:
    32
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 19, 2008

    from what I've seen sp ed aide, like anewstart said, usually works with one or a handful of students. But even if you're mainly there for specific kids, they usually help out all the kids too. You might be looking at keeping a kid focused or on task, explaining directions, or modifying lessons to their ability.

    not sure what you might get asked, but I'd think they would probably ask you how you would modify the teacher's lessons to accommodate the students you're helping. Something along those lines.

    Best wishes!
     
  6. Upsadaisy

    Upsadaisy Moderator

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2002
    Messages:
    18,935
    Likes Received:
    679

    Aug 19, 2008

    I think it will depend on the nature of the disabilities of the student(s) you get assigned to. I hope you get it!
     
  7. drapes330

    drapes330 Companion

    Joined:
    May 18, 2008
    Messages:
    141
    Likes Received:
    1

    Aug 19, 2008

    I agree with Mr. Teacher, you probably will be asked how you would make modifications to the teacher's lessons. It would probably be a good idea to review your state's special ed rules and IEP procedures. You might also be asked questions on how you take instruction and how well you work with other staff. There is a lot of team work in special education!

    I would ask the Principal what types of disabilities you will be working with, whether or not the students receive services in a resource room and if so will you be getting instruction/guidance from their special ed teacher as well as their general ed teacher.

    Good luck!!
     
  8. mmswm

    mmswm Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Messages:
    5,621
    Likes Received:
    5

    Aug 19, 2008

    Sending good luck vibes your way.

    I can't help with your questions, since I have no experience with inclusion aides (but boy do I wish I had one for a few of my kids).
     
  9. catnfiddle

    catnfiddle Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Messages:
    8,347
    Likes Received:
    1,484

    Aug 19, 2008

    Every spare logic brain spell in my noggin is yours on Thursday. You'll be brilliant!
     
  10. fratbrats

    fratbrats Comrade

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2007
    Messages:
    463
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 19, 2008

    We began inclusion last year, too. The assistants who were always praised at our meetings, were the ones who were willing to help other students in the class. It helps the SPED kids from being "singled out" and scores "brownie points" for you, as well. :)
     
  11. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    46

    Aug 19, 2008

    Thanks everyone!!
     
  12. SciTeacherNY

    SciTeacherNY Companion

    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2007
    Messages:
    120
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 19, 2008

    Best of luck!
     
  13. Kangaroo22

    Kangaroo22 Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2008
    Messages:
    6,216
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 19, 2008

    Good luck, STG! You'll do awesome!
     
  14. BioAngel

    BioAngel Science Teacher - Grades 3-6

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2007
    Messages:
    3,644
    Likes Received:
    108

    Aug 19, 2008

    Good luck!!! :)
     
  15. Big Shirley

    Big Shirley Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Messages:
    168
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 19, 2008

    OOOOOO,Smalltowngirl,
    I just read your post. I am sending all kinds of good vibes, positive thoughts and prayers your way. My fingers and toes are crossed!!!!! You will do a marvelous job in the interview.

    Girl, I am so hopin' for you!!!!
     
  16. jw13

    jw13 Groupie

    Joined:
    Feb 13, 2008
    Messages:
    1,494
    Likes Received:
    1

    Aug 19, 2008

    YOU GO GIRL!!!
     
  17. Master Pre-K

    Master Pre-K Virtuoso

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Messages:
    6,291
    Likes Received:
    279

    Aug 19, 2008

    Here ya go!

    Description:
    Under the direct supervision of the building principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher, the special education aide’s primary responsibility shall be to assist the classroom teacher in meeting the educational, social, physical and emotional needs of special education students.
    Job Summary:
    1. Assists the classroom teacher in working with special education students to reinforce instructional material initially introduced by the teacher.
    2. Assists the teacher with instructional and non-instructional classroom duties as appropriate, such as, assistance in the laboratories, washrooms, playgrounds, gymnasiums, lunchrooms, libraries, field trips and all other settings as determined by the classroom teacher.
    3. Participates in collaborative planning for instruction with the classroom teacher.
    4. Assists the teacher in preparing the classroom for school, storing materials and getting the classroom ready for the closing of school.
    5. Coordinates and maintains individual help and assistance to an individual special education student.
    6. Accompanies special education students to special area classes or to and from buses as needed.
    7. Attends school district and team meetings, when necessary or appropriate.
    8. Responsible for guiding any independent study, enrichment work and remedial work set up by the classroom teacher.
    9. Performs clerical, administrative and safety tasks for the classroom teacher, including making copies, preparing bulletin boards, filing, cleaning equipment and toys, setting up audio-visual equipment, etc.
    10. Maintains or modifies a student’s curriculum to the needs of the student as required and directed by the classroom teacher.
    11. Assists special education students in any testing and observes and records student progress as needed.
    12. Keeps the classroom neat and orderly.
    13. Assists with preparing and maintaining student records when requested.
    14. As needed, communicates with adaptive PE, social worker, parents, vision specialist, occupational therapist, speech therapist and physical therapist, or any other specialists to assure smooth transition of student.
    15. Assists the classroom teacher in maintaining behavioral charts as needed.
    16. Supervises students in the playground, lunchroom, buses and other non-instructional areas as required and requested by the classroom teacher, principal and assistant principal.
    17. Facilitates the interactions of a student cooperative learning group.
    18. Performs other related duties as may be necessary and assigned by the building principal, assistant principal and classroom teacher.
     
  18. trayums

    trayums Enthusiast

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2005
    Messages:
    2,424
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 19, 2008

    (((((((((((GOOD LUCK VIBES))))))))))))))))))))))
     
  19. Master Pre-K

    Master Pre-K Virtuoso

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Messages:
    6,291
    Likes Received:
    279

    Aug 19, 2008

    questions

    your questions:

    Is this a one-on-one aide position? will I be shadowing a student daily? (shadow means just that, when they move, you move... all day long!)

    If a student's IEP states he no longer needs help, or if the family moves out of the district, what happens to my position? :unsure: Will the district/school place me in another position for the remainder of the year?

    What are the skills, limits, and abilities of my student. Can he/she walk with out assistance? Am I expected to help the student in tolieting?

    Will I be only responsible for the care of my student, or will I be supervising others as well.

    Will I be expected to do other duties as an aide, such as lunchroom duty, bus duty, hall duty?

    Will I be expected to assist the classroom teacher with other duties, such as photocopying, grading papers, filing, storing materials, making phone calls?

    What are the district's standard procedures for working with sp. ed. children who become resistant to directions, run away from staff, and if they attempt to hit or injure themselves, others or staff.

    Will I be required to give this student any type of medication, injections, breathing treatments, etc.

    Will I have to accompany this student on the bus to or from school?

    Will I follow this student for the remainder of the year? For his/her entire time at the school. Will I be expected to do the same duties for each successive grade?

    Again, when the student graduates, will I be offered some other type of employment?

    If the student attends after school programs, remdial classwork, or suspension, will I need to attend these programs also?

    If the student attends summer school, will I be required to work during that time as well?
     
  20. Loretin

    Loretin Rookie

    Joined:
    May 5, 2008
    Messages:
    33
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 19, 2008

    Use the questions you will ask to your advantage.

    Use the questions to show what they could be missing if they don't hire you.

    For example, you can ask what extra curricular activities can I get involved with? Ask something that shows you will be active and will be an asset and not someone that might complain if more duties are assigned.

    Also, smile, smile, smiiile, show them you are easy going, show them they will like to work with you and that you will have no problems with your co-workers.

    I wish you nothing but the best!!!!
     
  21. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    46

    Aug 21, 2008

    Back from the interview. It went well. I should hear something tomorrow regardless. She said there were several overqualified people interviewing for the position so I just have to hope that I hit it off with them. I'll let you guys know as soon as I hear something. I have already sent my thank you email.
     
  22. catnfiddle

    catnfiddle Moderator

    Joined:
    May 8, 2008
    Messages:
    8,347
    Likes Received:
    1,484

    Aug 21, 2008

    Fingers and toes are crossed until they cramp! Don't your hate hearing "overqualified"? It's your enthusiasm that will qualify you regardless of your background.
     
  23. mmswm

    mmswm Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Messages:
    5,621
    Likes Received:
    5

    Aug 21, 2008

    I'm keeping all my fingers and toes crossed. Good vibes for tomorrow.
     
  24. Master Pre-K

    Master Pre-K Virtuoso

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Messages:
    6,291
    Likes Received:
    279

    Aug 21, 2008

    good luck STG!!
     
  25. 2kitties

    2kitties Rookie

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 22, 2008

    Good luck! I have decided to apply for some aide jobs as well. Maybe it will lead into a teaching position. Hopefully we will both get teaching positions here in Texas soon! :)
     
  26. lemonhead

    lemonhead Aficionado

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Messages:
    3,563
    Likes Received:
    4

    Aug 22, 2008

    Yeah STG!! I sent you a PM but this thread answered my questions.

    Oh I so hope I can add you to the list!!! Good luck and everything I can cross is crossed!

    :love:
    Lemon
     
  27. TemperanceFaith

    TemperanceFaith Comrade

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Messages:
    450
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 22, 2008

    I am waiting anxiously for a positive update:up:
     
  28. INteacher

    INteacher Aficionado

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2007
    Messages:
    3,765
    Likes Received:
    1

    Aug 22, 2008

    Good Luck STG - you know you are in my thoughts and prayers.
     
  29. MsMar

    MsMar Fanatic

    Joined:
    May 16, 2007
    Messages:
    2,771
    Likes Received:
    53

    Aug 22, 2008

    I'm sending vibes for a positive update! I actually logged in specifically hoping to hear good news from you :)!
     
  30. mmswm

    mmswm Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Messages:
    5,621
    Likes Received:
    5

    Aug 22, 2008

    Where are you STG???????????

    I'm having trouble waiting for news :D
     
  31. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    46

    Aug 22, 2008

    Well, here it is 5:00 and no phone call. Guess I didn't get this job either.

    *going to sulk in my corner now*
     
  32. mmswm

    mmswm Moderator

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2007
    Messages:
    5,621
    Likes Received:
    5

    Aug 22, 2008

    :hugs: stg

    I'm sorry. I'll still hold out hope that you hear something monday.
     
  33. scienceteach82

    scienceteach82 Cohort

    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2008
    Messages:
    688
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 22, 2008

    -hugs-
     
  34. MsMar

    MsMar Fanatic

    Joined:
    May 16, 2007
    Messages:
    2,771
    Likes Received:
    53

    Aug 22, 2008

    :hugs: So sorry to hear about no phone call :( :hugs:.
     
  35. TemperanceFaith

    TemperanceFaith Comrade

    Joined:
    Oct 2, 2007
    Messages:
    450
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 22, 2008

    Small, I was told I would get a phonecall on a Friday, and it never came, and I got the job offer the following Monday, so keep your hopes up.:up:
     
  36. Kangaroo22

    Kangaroo22 Virtuoso

    Joined:
    Jan 13, 2008
    Messages:
    6,216
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 22, 2008

    I'm sorry STG :hugs:.
     
  37. Master Pre-K

    Master Pre-K Virtuoso

    Joined:
    May 18, 2007
    Messages:
    6,291
    Likes Received:
    279

    Aug 22, 2008

    keep trying STG!!!

    :love:
     
  38. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

    Joined:
    Jan 2, 2007
    Messages:
    17,362
    Likes Received:
    46

    Aug 22, 2008

    I hope your right.
     
  39. fratbrats

    fratbrats Comrade

    Joined:
    Jun 2, 2007
    Messages:
    463
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 23, 2008

    That same thing happened to me. I was told that I'd hear rather quickly, but it was a week later. That brought me a 2nd interview and a phone call 3 hours later that evening for a job offer. Sometimes, I think that principals get so busy, they don't realize that someone's waiting for an answer.
     
  40. Big Shirley

    Big Shirley Companion

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2007
    Messages:
    168
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 23, 2008

    Oh Smalltowngirl,
    Keep looking. There still may be changes. I am so hoping for you to get something. Still sending positive thoughts and prayers.
    Hang in there.
     
  41. 2kitties

    2kitties Rookie

    Joined:
    May 21, 2008
    Messages:
    60
    Likes Received:
    0

    Aug 24, 2008


    I agree with the principal probably being really busy. Since a lot of schools in the D/FW area start Monday the principal might be swamped. I wouldn't give up on him/her yet, smalltowngal. :)
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

  1. futuremathsprof,
  2. RainStorm
Total: 594 (members: 2, guests: 569, robots: 23)
test