Special Education Teacher
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1. What was your most difficult course in college?
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A very fast paced research class in which my computer broke down.
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I would say Kinesiology because I needed to develop a system for remebering names of bones/muscles.
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My most challenging class was math but it also taught me to develop strategies to learn mathimatical concepts and when to ask for tutoring.There are no stupid questions so ask if need help.
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Geometry. But I asked for help and learned to use tools to get the answers you needed.
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Geometry until I learn the tools needed to understand the problems.
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Geometry until I learned the tools needed to understand the problems.
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2. What do you do in your free time?
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I love spending time with my family and friends whenever I have free time.
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During my freetime, i do things which is very important in my life.
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I enjoying a variety of activities that allows e to help people.
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Spend time with my family and friends. Read , garden, walk.
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Spending time with my husband and special ed son Josh is most imortant to me.We enjoy simple plesures making dinner, walks and viewing movies.In the summer we tent camp for a week.
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I volunteer with a organization that helps people learn to manage their emotions.
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I volunteer with an organization that teaches people how to manage their emotions.
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3. If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
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I would have gone to college after high school rather than 20 years later.
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If I could do anything different in my education I would continue to go to workshops improve on and learning new teaching skills.
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If I could do something different in my education, it would be to have gone to college younger in life and pursue a higher education.
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I would continue my studies in the field of behavior supports and autism. I would also make sure that I continue to build structure and routine into my classroom so the students have clear and precise boundaries and know what is expected of them.
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Have more communication to developmy interestsand areasof strenths.
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I would take classes toward earning a masters in academic leadership.
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I would mark progress based on previous years as opposed to comparing school to school. Not every school faces the same academic challenges making AYP an impossible measuring stick.
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I always am reading about new techniques for special ed and regular ed students.I see the value of persuing a regular ed degre.
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I would have gotten my teaching credential earlier.
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I would have gotten my teaching credentials sooner.
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4. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?
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Confidence,patience,understanding.
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Confidence,creativity,passion.patience.
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Patience, understanding, organization and a sense of humor.
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Most important qualities in being a good Teacher are being able to differentiate instruction to cater towards all students learning abilities and being prepared for all lessons.
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Commiting time, collaboration, materials, planning,researching best practices to tailor instruction to specific student needs. Also, being willing to work as a time to ensure maximum benefit for the student.
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A good teacher is well prepared. She is patient, understanding and resilient. She knows how to differentiate instruction for the unique needs of her students.
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Patience, organization, versatility, and leadership.
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Patience, organization, and resilience
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Patience, humor, classroom management and communication skills.
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Being totally invested in their education. You have to love kids to want to be a teacher.
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Compassionate, patient, being able to teach to the needs of the children, sense of humor.
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Being patient, understanding and able to differientate.
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Being patient, compassionate and having the flexibility to adapt to students needs.
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Patiences, confidence and the ability to connect with students where they are.
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5. Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?
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My mother passed away 12 years ago and that was very difficult. I felt a lot of comfort in the support of my family, friends and church.
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What do you hope to accomplish in your career over the next five years?
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I had one customer she iwas yelling i tried every thig with her then i call my manager.
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I prayed
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When my husband went through some health issue, I went through some rough time but I was very calm and managed everything routine as normal for my children. I stayed positive because I wanted my husband and kids to know that everything is going to be fine.
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When my mother and father died, I prayed and cried a lot I even took a year off because they died with in 8 months of each other.
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Moving was stressful. I handled the stress by spending time doing work that I enjoy and becoming involved in community programs such as the Artist Studio Association and the VIsual Arts Center.
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When I had a student who was not identified with special needs, but who left the classroom at the slightest annoyance, I decided to llok into the triggers for that behavior. I came up with a plan that worked for her, by researching strategies that work with children with FAE. And by working together with the school team she became successful in the classroom.
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My father was very sick and was bed ridden with cancer. I was very stessed out and I decided I needed to be strong and help my mother get through a very difficult time in her grieving. I took charge of the planning.
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When my mom died. I learned to manage my stress through exercise and getting support from family and friends.
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When my mom died, I looked to family and friends for support as well mas other avenues to help me cope.
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6. How will you be able to help other faculty members with special needs students?
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I will able to help them make accommodations and modifications to meet the needs of students with exceptionalities.
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By understanding and hearing their concerns, sharing IEP goals, information regarding the students' disability, ask how I can help collaborate with modifications of work or ensuring accommodations are being provided, doing my best to provide literature and research regarding the disability, work with the student on procedures and policies for the general education teacher.
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Tell them he is your friend work as a team member.
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I would be able to helpnother teachers by providing assitcne t
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I would go over the students IEP goals with them and collaborate with them on what accommodations/ modifications the students needs to be successful in a full inclusion setting. I would provide a brief power point/handout on differentiated instruction.
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I can collaborate with teachers to pinpoint specific difficulties and then offer specific learning tools so that the student can learn.
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I will be able to Work with a faculty members, working together and discussing the lessons and creating and excellent learning atmosphere.
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I will help them understand the disability the student has and how to adapt their lessons to help the student.
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I will make sure that the other faculty members were aware of the students disability and how it affects their learning.
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7. How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
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I make sure to communicate at least on a weekly basis with teachers, record observations to ensure correct understanding of student progress, and I follow through.
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I am always 10-15 minutes early for work. I have a personal motto of under promising and over delivering. I take immense pride in my personal work and turn in nothing less than my best and I never make a promise I can not keep. If there is any doubt, I explain that up front.
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Describe a situation where his/her dependability showed through
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I am always early to work instead of on time. Being early is on time and being on time is late.
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I arrive to work every day 30-45 minutes early and work late to help students receive the extra help they need to be successful.
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8. Why should we hire you?
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Because I love children.
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1. I am very intuitive and observant. 2. Based on my observation, I can make changes and be flexible.
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I have worked in Learning support for 13 years as an aide before going back to school to get my teaching degree. I come with years of educational experience that means I will be able to step right in with little training.
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I am best candidate because of my communication skills and ability to get students to buy into ed by walking them through side by side.
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I work extremely hard and I am very organized. I like to be prepared for every lesson and differentiate my lessons that I am able to accommodate all students educational needs.
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I am ambitious and a self starter. I have 4 years experience in the Special Education classroom and two additional years working one on one with students with significant behavior problems. I am team oriented, collaborate well and I am willing to learn, as well as to teach my colleagues.
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I am passionate, patient creative, and dedicated in helping all students be successful.
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I am a self starter and I work hard to meet the needs of my students. I am not afraid to ask questions. I ask for help, input, or suggestions from others.
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Because of my excellent leadership skills and versatility. I am confident in my ability to represent the school/district in a professional and dignified manner. I pride myself in my ability to collaborate with others for the success of the students. My experience educating students with such a broad range of disabilities, across different environments makes me confident that I will be a great edition to your team.
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Your job description is suited for for my qualifications and my experience as an inclusive educator, i work hard as team playe.
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Because I'm Awesome. The question should why should not.
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I am a team player. I am efficient and organized. I am calm under pressure. I never lose sight of the vision or goal.
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Beccause i like the atmosphere i love kids beig around with me i love theor smile.
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I will be an asset to the profession. I am capable of helping individual students achieve their goal.
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yoy should hire me because i know how to work independently,knows how to prioritize and delegate important task.My skills will help you specially sharing and transferring my knowledge to your institution.
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I am the best candidate you have. I am knowledeable,, dedicated to the field, and I am totally invested into the community, the school and the students.
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Because I am pasionate about helping people.
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I am excellent at asking students questions about their work and tailoring instruction with student tools, reteaching, collaborating with other staff, or whatever it takes to see progress.
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Because I will try my best to make sure the students education goals and needs are met.
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9. When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
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My son has Special needs and he has some traits on the Autism Spectrum and then I was also able to work as an aide in the public school for several years and I enjoyed working with children who have Autism.
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I thought it would be challenging working with autistic children ever since I watched a program on TV and they found success with giving the autistic child a dog.
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Many years ago when I became a Special Education Paraprofessional.
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I realized that students on the autism spectrum are very unique and need a positive, dependable, creative, and organized person in there life to teach critical life skills.
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When I started working with a child with ASD as my first job.
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Several members of my family have similar disabilities and I saw how they struggled when all there needs were not met.
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10. What makes you stand out among other applicants?
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My positive attitude and genuine care about students will stand out the most compared to others. I hold high expectations of my students as well as myself.
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I am an individual who is committed to making education a lasting experience rather than a lecture to be endured. I believe in a 'go to where the student is and walk with them' philosophy, as opposed to someone who expects students to come to where the educator is.I have a strong background in technology, differentiated instruction, and a communication-based environment.
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I have worked in the education and charity sectors working with children with diverse sets of children with wide range of needs. Therefore I am able to work with children of all abilities as I am flexable and adaptable to different settings.I am able to use my own intiative, organised and think on my feet in unexpected situations. I am able to build good relationships with all children, adults and parents.
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Even though I have been in this field for over 5 years, I am still very passionate about learing new strategies/reserches on working with students with autism. My experience working at the small NPS gave me great deal of opportunites to attend workshops and trainings. I have a great deal of experience with AAC, students with behaviors, analyzing/writing behavior support plans, etc. Worked for a small school, I got to have chances to work with different age levels of students. I worked with K through 8 with various challenges.
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Being a special needs teacher for more than 4 years, my experiences in this field contributed to the skill I possess by knowing how to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the students to maximize learning and make learning as meaningful to them as possible.
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Because teaching is a second career, I feel most schools would find me more mature and more experienced than most new teachers, bringing more life experiences and general skills to the table. I am an incredibly hard worker, highly organized, and skilled at building successful working relationships with all kinds of people. I also bring with me leadership qualities, all of which will bring success in the classroom.
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I am a hard worker, have the urge to help people, i am a leader
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I have a set of stilts at home.
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I have a diverse background of experience and the strength of age.
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I think what makes me stand out above other applicants is my positive attitude towards life and my overall passion towards student success. There are many qualified candidates in the field of education, but I am not only qualified, but also love being able to help others reach a goal that perhaps they thought was unattainable, and by helping students in any circumstance realize their potential in every aspect of their life.
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I have an undergraduate degree in art education. I use art lessons to reinforce what we are currently using in the classroom and to address iep needs. I am a hard worker and dedicated educator. I always put the students' needs first and make sure that are getting the most out of a day at school.
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I stand out among other applicants bec. I believe having the experience working with children with
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I stand out from the other applicants because I have a personal vested interest in special education, other than it being my career. I have my own child who has a learning disability and what this brings to me as a special education teacher is that I have a much broader perspective from the parent's point of view.
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The patience I havee to work with students with special needs.
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What a stupid question. How can I measure myself against the competition when I don't know who they are. It's not as if you will let me have a copy of their CVs (which is illegal) so I can highlight advantages over them. I can talk about me till the cows come home but thats not really answering the question.
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I have been impacting students life in a positive way for the pass 10 years by helping them to become productive citezens.
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My desire to create the best educational environment for my students, expecting the best from each one and helping them to achieve their goals is one of my outstanding qualities. I am always working to learn better ways to reach my students because education is a life long process.
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I love working with the special ed. Students,i am very flexiable,stay in close touch with the reg.ed. Teacher I can get along with anyone I want the reg.ed. Teacher to understand I am a resource for them.i have a great sense of humor.
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What makes me stand out among others is that I am very dedicated to students and their education. I work extremely hard to differentiate instruction to cater towards all students learning.
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My big heart, being patience, and my love for special need children.
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My experience makes me stand out among other applicants.
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I am committed to the special education field. I started an art program in the rehabilitation field and managers suggested I become a teacher because of my ability to observe individual needs of people with a variety of physical and mental challenges as well as show progress through appropriate curriculum adaptations.
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I have a strong background in Positive Behavior Supports. I use technology to help bridge the learning gaps. I look for the root of the problem and then focus on finding a solution. I understand the needs of students who come from low income families. I am focused on helping all students reach their full potential.
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If you decided to choose me would see that I am a very passionate, organized, and dedicated teacher who has a very diverse and strong background in helping all students achieve in a variety of settings.
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11. How often do you partake in social activities?
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I am involved in social activites that supports my school and community.
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12. How do you handle yourself under stress?
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Being able to stay calm and find ways of handling a hard situation is key.
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It depends on the stituation, but I always try to remain calm and get a grip on the situation and solve the problem.
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When feeling stressed or overwhelmed, I will give my students work to do quietly so that I can gather my thoughts and reflect on a positive way to handle the stress I feel.
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I take a moment, remove myself from the situation, reflect on what is occurring and formulate a plan to deal with the issue calmly and rationally.
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It depends upon the situation in which I am feeling stressed. If I felt stressed in a classroom, to the point of which I concerned myself, I would either syep out of the room for a moment, leaving the students with an aide or - if I were alone - would tell the students that I needed a moment and ask them to read quietly for 5-10 minutes.
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I take a second to take stock of the facts and ground my actions based on what is actually occurring and I review the plan I have made.
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I am very good at handleing stress because I am able to use a variety of positive strategies that deesculates stress.
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I handle it quite well, I really try to be calm and think things through.
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13. Who is your greatest role model?
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My 6th grade teacher. She taught me a lot about being more than a teacher but also a role model. She allowed me to create a lesson and teach it in front of my peers and I was very excited to complete all teaching aspects of a lesson in 6th grade.
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Ms. Sage modeled investment in providing quality instruction through persistence and finding resources through research.
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The first principal I worked for as a teacher. She was patient, but firm.We knew what she expected and rose to meet her expectations. She supported us 100% and when we needed correction she was firm and forgiving at the same time. She was an authentic leader, a master teacher.
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My greatest role model was my teacher who taught me to be patient, organized and versitile.
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I have had several great role models in education over the last few years...some teachers and some administrators and I have learned many things from all of them. But, my greatest role models typically come from the students I work with. They teach me the greatest patience, courage, and resilience that I could ever hope to have.
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14. What are your 2 weakest points?
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Perfectionist to the point of exhaustion at times and sometimes I let my heart lead.
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Not being fluent is spanish and have a big heart for students.
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I do not had my own classroom as a permanent teacher.
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Sometimes I am too ambitious... I keep trying. Others may want me to quit, but I feel that I have to find a solution. Sometimes I carry the students home in my heart, especially after a difficult day.
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My inability to speak spanish fluently and working too long of hours at times.
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Not being fluent in spanish and
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Big heart and.
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Explain differentence instractions
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15. Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
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When trying to calm someone down, I have told them to take a time out. Once a sufficient amount of time has passed to discuss and reevaluate the situation calmly I will do so. Unless it is an extreme situation, I try to give everyone time to calm, if not things could get worse and yelling will not help.
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Yes, talk person through what is happening, and give support to him/her.
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Use a quite voice and try to remove them from the situation or a time out for them to calm down.
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A student became agitated. The student had math work in front of him. He started writing down random numbers. I asked him if I could show him a trick I had learned, a number line, to figure out positive and negative numbers. When he could successfully locate the correct numbers on a few questions I let him try to solve a few problems on his own. I came back and urged him to again use the timeline. It was very rewarding to see the student become more confident with the use of math tools!
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Yes, the child I worked with was very upset and ran from the classroom. I taught her to use Dots and Squeezies to calm herself down and helped her to learn deep breathing and asked her if it was okay for me to apply pressure to her shoulders. She was one that responded well to a quiet voice, a calm tone, and deep pressure. She settled right down.
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Yes, many times in teaching mild/moderate students. A student was yelling and cursing at me and other students and I calmly walked up to the student and asked him to take five outside the class to calm down. I talked to him outside with a aid in the room watching my students.
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I had a student start swearing at me during class. I did not get upset. I very calmly said "I can see that you are upset. Please step into the hall and take a few minutes and we can talk when you are ready. I did not send the student to the dean, and felt by not doing so I was not further aggravating the situation. I was also able to then get the student to calmy speak to me, which I felt helped me to earn trust with the student.
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Approaching calmly, and speaking softly aids in calming a person down. I have been in numerous incidents working in a high school setting and the one thing not to do is to come across yelling and judgmental. Take the student away from the issue and walk them done to the office.
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I've been in this situation many times. I tell them they are not allowed to hit me, the desk, others or throw things. They can go away from everyone to calm down and I will check on them. I have emotion charts where they can fill in how angry they are on a scale and write about what is bothering them. Many times I am able to help once I know why they needed to be calmed down.
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Yes I had to calm persons down before. the individual needed help in learning how to express their emotions by talking calmly instead of yelling.
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16. Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?
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Individual education program is put in place to meet the needs of the individual student and prepared by the educational team that includes the parents. CSE is the referral for services.
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An IEP is an Idividualized Education Plan, which is created to meet the needs of a child with a disability. It explains how the child learns and how we can help the child to learn more effectively. A CSE is the comittee who decides if the child is eligible for services based on an evaluation of the student's abilities and needs. If a student is eligible, the CSE will implement an IEP based on the evalaution to best meet the needs of the child
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Iep is an individualized educational plan.
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Individual educational plan child study evaluation.
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An IEP is an Individual Education Plan which is designed to meet the unique educational needs of a child with a disability. It describes how the child learns, demonstrates learning and how we can help the child to learn more effectively. the difference between IEP and CSE is that CSE is when parents have chance to input in the education of the child .
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An IEP is provided for student with disability under the IDEA guideline. Student who after careful evaluation cannot function adequately in regular a classroom. IEP allows for modification and accommodation.
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Iep is a plan of strategies and goals while a cse is a committee of person who make up the plan.
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An IEP defines the individualized objectives of a child who has been found with a disability, as defined by federal regulations. The IEP is intended to help children reach educational goals more easily than they otherwise would. All special education services are described in a document called the Continuum of Special Education Services.
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An IEP is an individualized education plan that addresses the students needs and goals. The CSE is the team of teachers and professionals that collaborates to assess the student and write the IEP.
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Indidualized Education Plan. CSE determines how that student qualifies for special education services.
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17. When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?
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After spending several years as an aide, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher of this special group of students.
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At 8 yrs old after learning about a neighbor born with downs.
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When working as an assistant in a behavioral classroom. I decided to go back to school to get my special education degree.
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When I worked in the Public Schools as an aid, I found out that I love being with the children who have special needs. I heard a child refer to the teacher one day as the "one who makes the hard things easy." It was then that I decided I want to be that teacher.
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I realized it when I started working with students in the Special Olympics.
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I realized I wanted to be a Special Education Teacher after becoming a Student Helper to a child with Autism. I worked closely with the child, developed progress monitoring and instructional tools to assist the student.
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18. What was your favorite course in college?
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My favorite course in college was cooperating traching.
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My favorite course in college were Instructional Strategies, Applied Behavioral Analysis and Inclusionary Practices.
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19. Do you have experience creating and maintaining documentation on your students?
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I did progress monitoring on my students in reading and math. I also was on the Dibels monitoring team that did screening on students in reading three times a year.
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Progress monitoring and six minute solution programs.
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As a teacher you should keep all records of students academic achievements and areas of concern. I even keep documentation of parent/teacher emails and phone conversations.
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I do have experience observing and recording data about the classroom environment, student assessments, and social interactions.
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Yes. I have used computer based programs, charting, checklists and goals. I have reported to my parents in writing notes, report cards and by documentation according to their IEPs.
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I am very experianced with maintaining daily documentation of all my students and parent collaboration. I use a informal behavior/academic checkilst to rate students.
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Yes, I progress monitor on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis depending on the needs of the students. I have parent communication logs and I send a Report of Progress on a quarterly basis to the families of my students.
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20. How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?
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I feel it is important to think out a plan for assisting students going through crisis and ensuring that a meeting with other staff takes place to collaborate on strategies to support that student as well as follow through.
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These are the students that intrigue me the most. I want to find out what underlies their behavior and help in whatever ways I can, to remedy the problems. Sometimes the problems are so deep and so personal, that I know I wont be able to undo the hurts that they have experienced but I can offer them a safe place, a nurturing place to learn.
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All students can have moments when there behavior is challanging. The key is to find out why the behavior is occuring and when.
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Every student can be difficult at some time. The key is to look beyond the actions and find the reason.
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I feel confident that I can offer help and support to them to help modify their behavior.
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Be patient.
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Listen. Be Compassionate, sometimes they just need someone to understand them.
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I feel all children need a chance to be heard. They need to be in a safe and caring environment, in my classroom.
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It can be unnerving sometimes but we're all humans. We can't be perfect all the time. I'm sure children with disabilities get so frustrated when they try so hard
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I find it to be challenging but rewarding.
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I think is especially rewarding because of this and I feel that having a lot of patience is necessary.
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I think is especially rewarding because of this and I feel that having a lot of patience is necessary.
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I keep their difficult circumstance in mind when students exhibit difficult behaviors because it will more than likely influence the behavior. I enjoy working with children and helping them to do their best in spite of any negative circumstances they may face by maintaining a positive and nurturing attitude toward them and by being flexible. If a student is having a particularly difficult day, I may give them a bit of a break or extra rewards.
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I enjoy helping children to be successful and to do their best. I try to get to know the children that I work with as much as possible so that I can help them as much as I can. Helping children to overcome difficulties and be successful is something I have been doing for most of my professional working career. I find it rewarding. The challenges that students bring with them inspires me to do all that I can to help them.
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I find it a challenge in a positive way. Working in this kind of circumstance will allow me to use my determination and willingness to persevere to be an example to my students while guiding them through the difficulty they are experiencing.
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Working with such might be challenging but understanding and empathizing with them, and not feeling sorry for them and makes teaching them.
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Ok. i will what is is their problem first before i can do something.
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I feel good when i can help those students because we all sometimes need help in learning something while dealing with a difficult situation.
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I don't consider it as a difficult situation, instead I consider it as a challenge that I need to surpass
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Working with difficult students is no different because you can gain trust and communicate with them.
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I feel that the students who can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstances in life are the ones you can most positively assist.
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21. How will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating these students?
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It takes a team to education students and special needs students are no exception. I would include as many professionals in my class as possible to give my students the best program they can have. Mentor teachers can help support with ideals to create a positive education experience.
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Working cooperatively and creating an excellent learning atmosphere is key to being a teacher. Discussing lessons and creating ideas together that will enhance students learning will be a successful teacher and classroom.
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Collaboration is an ongoing respect based relationship in which we learn to work together using our strengths to maximize student progress.
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I would listen to there concerns they have and go over all of the IEP goals and accommodations that would help the student achieve more successfully and give a inservice/ suggestions using a power point or handout. Open communication with all personel involved.
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22. What are your 2 greatest strengths?
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Organizational skills and determination to level the field for my students to succeed.
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I am reflective in order to provide the best supports I can and I follow through on a daily basis.
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Collaboration with the team including the parents, and problem solving.
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I believe I am very good at building positive and successful working relationship. I am also highly organized.
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Collabaration and differentiation.
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Hard worker nad flexilble love working with kids.
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My greatest strengths are flexibility and professionalism.
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yup
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I am hard worker puncutal flexible.
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I lifted a car once and another time picked up a grand piano
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My two greatest strengths are my dedication/commitment to doing the best job I can and my genuine passion/compassion to make a difference in the life of others.
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23. To what specific area of special education are you most attracted and why?
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I like most every area of special education. In my experience, my favorite class has been the life skills class I was teaching.
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I am flexible as I have worked with students with a variety of special needs and I really enjoy tailoring instruction, matching tools, and collaborating to support different levels of students.
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Learning disabilities and emotional behavioral disorders. They are the ones who need to be understood and they are as unique as a fingerprint. Solutions also need to be unique.
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I was interested in working with all students who had difficulties in learning. I wanted to help students alternative ways in dealing with there disabilities.
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I am most attracted to students with autism because assisting this population toward self-sufficiency is very inspiring.
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24. What do you think you will dislike the most about being a Special Educator?
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Not being able to see all the successful moments students have in a full inclusion setting.
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I like being able to see students achieve. Often times, special education students are left out and being able to see them progress is a great reward.
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Nothing...I look forward to the rewards of seeing my students achieve.
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I want to see every student succeed in some way, no matter how big or small. If I fail to see that happen, despite my sincere best efforts, I will take that very seriously.
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nothing i love kids
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I think not being able to effectively reach each and every child I encounter, or assist each and every child in succeeding/achieving to their fullest potential is what I will dislike the most about being a Special Educator.
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25. What do you know about our educational program?
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Your program is an inclusion based program in which students need specific supports unique to their education level changes.
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I know that you have a great full inclusion program that needs a special education support specialist to assist students with learning challenges and difficulties.
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I know that in this district we are working toward full inclusion with a co-teaching collaboration of team-teaching.
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Special education is the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students' individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community than would be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_education Last Updated: February 28, 2014, 8:33 pm
Education Requirements

Special education teachers in public schools are required to have at least a bachelorís degree and a state-issued certification or license. Private schools typically require teachers to have a bachelorís degree, but teachers are not required to be licensed or certified.

Work Environment

Most special education teachers work in public schools. Some teach in magnet, charter, and private schools. Some also work with young children in childcare centers.

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