So, what are your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher?

Discussion in 'General Education' started by mkate, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. WindyCityGal606

    WindyCityGal606 Enthusiast

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    My strength is engaging students in discussions. I love leading classroom discussions where we discover connections, share ideas, and create a better understanding of the material at hand.
    My weakness is dealing effectively with whiners! I just want to knock their heads togehter three stooges style! I can dream, can't I?
     
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    Weakness: I talk a lot (and I write books instead of newsletters and emails).
     
  3. HeatherY

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    mkate: I say the same thing but I pose it like this: "Well, like any new teacher I am still learning classroom management....... However, since I am a new teacher I am also good at reflecting and evaluating myself and changing what needs to be changed. I am flexible and not set in my ways yet, so I am free to try new things. I really want to try out (WBT). Oh, you haven't heard of it? Well, it is a management process........." The interviewer was interested and could tell I was keeping up with new techniques because I had not done it yet either!
     
  4. leighbball

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    Good thinking, HeatherY! :)
     
  5. mkate

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    Yes, that is a great answer, HeatherY! I had the interview yesterday and it went very well. They didn't ask me the strengths and weaknesses question at all! I was able to show that I have been keeping abreast of new techniques and approaches, and it so happens that one of the things I mentioned is a key issue for them. I'll hear soon if they want to hire me.

    And it's funny, because I had also been meaning to start a thread asking if/how people's perspectives as both parent and teacher have changed as a result of having both roles. I think that as others have said, being a parent gives me more empathy towards my students. My own 7yo can be a challenge, and when I was student teaching there was a student with similar issues and it really bothered me to see how his classroom teacher dealt with him. It doubly confirmed for me that I would never ever use sarcasm or belittling as a discipline technique...

    Using my parent perspective, I am doubly motivated to find ways to help kids succeed in the classroom, not just reprimand them when they don't.
     

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