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Top 25 Special Education Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 26
What do you believe, makes you effective at teaching special needs students?
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Question 2 of 26
How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
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"In my current role I have had colleagues comment quite frequently that they are happy they can rely on me to be at work, complete what I say that I will, and fill in where necessary. I am a strong team player and will absolutely cover work for a colleague if asked. I also have perfect attendance in my current position."
"The parents of my students know that I'm always available to them between 7 AM and 7PM on weekdays. I'm very consistent. If they call me at that time with any questions or concerns, I pick up immediately if I'm not in class. If I can address them within 5 minutes, I do so. Otherwise, I ask them to send me an email if it's not urgent. No matter what, I'll get back to them within 2 days. I consider it my personal duty to make sure the parents feel that they can depend on me because it's hard enough to raise a child with disabilities, they need a teacher who's responsive and caring."
This is a great time to give an example of a time you have been recognized or complimented on your dependability.
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Question 3 of 26
What was your most difficult course in college?
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"One of the most challenging courses for me while obtaining my degree was Statistics. Because I am more therapy and behavioural based by nature, it was difficult for me to fully embrace the factual parts of this course. I did find a tutor for that class and was able to pass it with a good grade."
This answer can be concise but it is best to give an example of a specific difficulty and what you did to overcome that difficulty.
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Question 4 of 26
How do you handle yourself under stress?
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Question 5 of 26
If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
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Question 6 of 26
What makes you stand out among other applicants?
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Question 7 of 26
Why should we hire you?
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Question 8 of 26
When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
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Question 9 of 26
What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?
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Question 10 of 26
Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?
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Question 11 of 26
Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
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Question 12 of 26
How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?
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Question 13 of 26
Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?
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Question 14 of 26
What are your 2 weakest points?
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Question 15 of 26
Who is your greatest role model?
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Question 16 of 26
Do you have experience creating and maintaining documentation on your students?
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Question 17 of 26
What do you know about our educational program?
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Question 18 of 26
How would you describe your passion for teaching children?
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Question 19 of 26
How will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating these students?
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Question 20 of 26
When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?
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Question 21 of 26
To what specific area of special education are you most attracted and why?
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Question 22 of 26
What are your 2 greatest strengths?
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Question 23 of 26
Has their ever been an autistic or special needs child in your life that has inspired you?
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Question 24 of 26
What exposures have you had in Teaching?
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Question 25 of 26
How would friends describe you?
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Question 26 of 26
What do you think you will most like about being a Special Educator?
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Question 1 of 26
What do you believe, makes you effective at teaching special needs students?
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I am committed and I genuinely care that students are learning to use their unique skill base and grow in their confidence to become independent learners capable of applying learning tools.
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I have a unique way in taching differientiated instruction to all students and find a variety of educational activities that allows all students to be engaged in learning.
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I believe my desire to see students succeed, not only academically, but personally makes me effective at teaching special needs students.
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First and foremost, I enjoy working with children. Second of all, I want to help children with special needs achieve their goals and become members of their community.
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I have the ability to differentiate my lessons in order to accommodate the various learning styles in my classroom. By utilizing Universal Design learning, I can ensure that my classroom meets the needs of all my students through the use of technology, classroom arrangements and a variety of tools to accommodate my students.
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I believe that my knowledge of children with special needs makes me effective at teaching. They need positive encouragement and effective praise to learn new things. Their assignments need to be modified and know what they enjoy.
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I know how to modify assignments, teach in multiple ways and giving them praise and encouragement.
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I feel that my ability to relate to students and to encourage students to be motivated makes me effective at teaching special needs students. I have a passion to ensure that all students are confident and are passionate themselves to be successful, and I feel that that makes me a great candidate for a special education teacher.
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I believe being so big hearted makes me want to do the best for them. I really listen and observe student needs and try so hard to fulfill those needs.
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I am calm, I empathize with the students without enabling them.
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I believe that every student has unique challenges and understanding how to met those challenges and how to use strategies to.
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First, I have a passion for children. I think this is the most important quality necessary for special education teachers. I love children and I love watching them and helping them succeed. I also am a very determined person who will give my students every ounce of my efforts to make them successful in life and in the classroom.
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I get to know my students well so that I know what their strenths are to help me with their weak areas. I think that what is very important is not so much that we are just teaching content, but teaching strategies that these students need to learn the content. I differentiate my instruction so that it reaches students who learn in a variety of ways, and incorporate tools necessary to benefit students most.
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I believe my patience makes me effective as a special needs teacher.
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I believe I am effective at teaching students with disabilities because I not only have academic and professional experience, but also personal experience. I have two younger brothers with special needs, so I can relate to parents and families while also understanding the school-side of things. I am also caring and empathetic but tend to hold high expectations for all students.
Question 2 of 26
How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
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Describe a situation where his/her dependability showed 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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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 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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I am punctual and flexible. I try to work with all parties as much as possible.
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I am punctual, have a great attendance record, I make my deadlines, and reliable in my offering of assistance to another colleague.
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I am always there when you need me. I arrive early so I know where I am supposed to be.
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The best way to illustrate it is to talk about this past school year. Despite living with a crazy family of five people I was always on time to school.
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I am always early to work, I complete all tasks that are asked of me and I go over and beyond my job requirements by taking on extra responsibilities such as covering for teachers while being a teaching assistant.
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I have been told by my supervisors that I can be depended upon and to engage students in learning.
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I realize people rely on each employee to complete their job at the best of their ability each and everyday.
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I always show up to work on time and finish my reports in a timely manner.
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I was always available. Came to school early, left late.
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The number of sick days I have accumulated in 12 years.
Question 3 of 26
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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My most difficult course in college was mathematics as I stuggled with it.
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Physics. It was more an astonomy class and the labs were late at night. The labs were from 11pm to 1 am. My notes were not the best. I found recording my notes helped alot.
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My most difficult course in college was Chemistry for nonscience learners. I struggled with the Chemistry concepts--spent many long nights writing detailed notes in order to grasp some concepts.
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My most difficult course in college was math because of all the formulas and fractions.
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My most difficult course was Literature Assessment because it stretched my thinking and completely reshaped the way I thought about data monitoring and assessment.
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My most difficult course in college was History of Western Art. My professor lectured and showed movies each class. When had to take a test, my professor gave me a list of words to study. Due to having this class, I was able to learn the importance of engaging all students and the importance of making sure that students are able to relate to the material.
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My most difficult course in college was learning about the history of education. This was challening for me because I was just beginning my education courses and was not fully aware as to what education was currently like, making it more difficult to understand the challenges education has endured.
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The most difficult college course for me was Elementary Mathematics.
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My most difficult course in college was Chemistry.
Question 4 of 26
How do you handle yourself under stress?
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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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Being able to stay calm and find ways of handling a hard situation is key.
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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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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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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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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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I handle it quite well, I really try to be calm and think things through.
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I handle stress verily well. I remained unflustered. I will assess the situation, develop a plan to handle the situation and seek help if I need it to work with a difficult situation.
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I read books and surf the internet. I also take deep breathes.
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I read a book, listen to music and take deep breathes.
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My current job requires me to analyze and resolve problems quickly. It is a high stress job. I try to just stay focused to get the job completed. Once the task is done, I take a few minutes for self reflection to analyze my approach, seeing is I could have done things differently.
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I handle myself well. I concentrate on the situation that has to be dealt with immediately.
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Under stress I handle my self very hard.
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Very well, I have a lot of patience.
Question 5 of 26
If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
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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 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 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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If resources were available, I would love to incorporate more hands on experiences and experiential opportunities outside of the classroom.
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I would take more classes in special education and spend more time in a school.
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I would spend more time interacting with children in a daycare or preschool setting.
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I would have changed my major for my Bachelors degree to education.
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The only thing I would have done differently in my education was to obtain my education at an earlier age.
Question 6 of 26
What makes you stand out among other applicants?
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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 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 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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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 a set of stilts at home.
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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 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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I stand out among other applicants bec. I believe having the experience working with children with.
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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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I have a diverse background of experience and the strength of age.
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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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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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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.
Question 7 of 26
Why should we hire you?
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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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Because I'm Awesome. The question should why should not.
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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.
Question 8 of 26
When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
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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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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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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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I saw a desire to learn in their eyes as well as fear. I wanted to make learning a fun activity not scary or difficult.
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I am believer in everyone being treated with dignity. Individuals with Autism all differ and deserve a right to reach their full potential and dreams.
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When I worked in a preschool that had a child with Autism. I also worked in a special needs summer camp and I saw the joy that an Autistic Child had. It was great seeing her enjoy her time at camp and having fun with me at all times.
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I was a para-professional in Autistic Support.
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Everyone can learn and everyone needs the opportunity to learn. I am patient and determined to find a way to figure out the way a student learns whether autistic or not.
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While working on my Masters degree.
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When I met a student that was on the spectrum last year. Something about him just made my day that made me want to work with others like him.
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I have always worked with students who had different needs, it just happened.
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Its natural, I was driven to it,
Question 9 of 26
What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?
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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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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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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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I think we need to be a "Heinz 57" teacher. We need to have 57 ways to teach each concept, thats not always easy. It takes alot of research to find visual and hands on ways to teach some lessons. As teachers we need to pay close attention to how each individual student learns best then make sure we proved examples of theat method in our lessons.
Question 10 of 26
Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?
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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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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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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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The most stressful time was when my father died. I would need a moment to think. We are faced with stress at times. I teach my students to take a deep breath, let it out slowly and make a list of what needs to be done, then prioritize it, then start at the top and get one thing done at a time. Only focus on one thing. As you begin checking things off you feel the stress fall away and you gain the sence of accomplishment.
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Preparing for multiple special Olympics tournaments for a variety of skilled athletes. I forecasted what duties need to be accomplished first, and prioritized my time and job list.
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I was stressed when I had to do math homework. I took a break for awhile then went back to the assignment.
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I was stressed with homework and took a 20 minute break away from the work. I went back to work after I was stress free.
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First year nannying a student with special needs or student teaching experience.
Question 11 of 26
Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
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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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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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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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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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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 did have to calm a student with Oppositional Defiance Disorder. I remained calm, and restated the rule Just acknowledge the behavior, state it as I see it, explain how it will need to change and then remove yourself from all arguments. Follow the plan as written in the Behavioral Plan.
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I have calmed a child down. I hugged, rocked, and talked to the child. She calmed after five minutes.
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As a Special Education teacher, I have had several instances where I had to calm a student down. Some instances that I have experienced is when a student had severe anxiety over an assessment. At this time, I would talk with the student to relax him, and follow a plan that I created in order to ensure that the anxiety was reduced and the student was in a more comfortable mind frame.
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I have worked with behavior students. I have had to chase one of my students down the hall and stop him. We would chat. I would steer the conversation to something that he was interested in. Then when he was calm, we would address the issue.
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Yes able to calm student down and turn the behavior into a learning experience.
Question 12 of 26
How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?
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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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I feel confident that I can offer help and support to them to help modify their behavior.
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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 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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Listen. Be Compassionate, sometimes they just need someone to understand them.
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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.
Question 13 of 26
Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?
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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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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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Individual educational plan child study evaluation.
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Iep is an individualized educational plan.
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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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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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An IEP is the Individual Education Plan for a student that outlines the Specialized design instruction that a particular student requires. A CSE is Committee for Special Education that for children ages 5-21 who may identify and determine if a child qualifies for an IEP
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An IEP is a written plan for children aged 3 and older that provides services to the children that broadens the collaboration beyond family members. A CSE stands for the committee for special education is responsible for students in school by identifying children that needs services by eligibility.
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An IEP is a written plan for children three and older that broadens the collaboration beyond family members and people providing services to the child. It determines the appropriate educational goals and objectives for the child. The CSE is the committee that decides if the child is eligible for services based on the abilities.
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An IEP is an individualized education plan. It is a plan for one year that addresses the present levels of performance of a student and then goals that the student will work on throughout the IEP. A CSE is a child study team. They meet to discuss the student and then address the educational needs.
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An iep is a legal document that sets the goals and objectives of the student. It offers accommodations and sometimes modifications in which to help level the playing field for the student. The cse is comprised of people that work together to create and put the iep into action.
Question 14 of 26
What are your 2 weakest points?
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My little toe and being ticked.
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Explain differentence instractions.
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Not being fluent in spanish and.
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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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Two areas that I would like to develop more within my instruction would be preparing students to participate in assessments, and retrieving/translating and generating data from assessments.
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There are so many creative activities I plan for my students and class time is limited. It is difficult to incorporate all of the activities that I would like my students to learn from.
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My two weakest points are communication and mathematical skills. I am getting better at communicating with people and will have it done. I am getting help on my math and doing better.
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I would have to say that not asking for help and time management.
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I would say two of my weakest points are being a perfectionist and.
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Perfectionism disorganization.
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For the most part I always over prepare I have too many things I would like to use to teach hard to narrow things down.
Question 15 of 26
Who is your greatest role model?
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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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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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My cousin darren. He was diagnosed with autism in a young age. Darren has overcome a lot of struggle with communication and language in school. In late highschool he was nominated for homecoming court and took the star lead in his school production. He received a tremendous amount or support and interventions and continued to believe in himself to become the amazing young man he is today.
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My father is my greatest role model. He is an amazing Dad, friend, and teacher. He recently retired from his career of education at the university level and was able to have a very successful career as a Doctor in Theology while also emphasizing the importance of spending time with family and friends along with pursuing his interests both inside of and outside of his career.
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My greatest role model is Eunice Kennedy Shriver. She stood up for her sister, Rosemary, who had an intellectual disability during a time in our history that individuals such as Rosemary were institutionalized. She started a movement that recognized the strengths and the offerings that individuals with disabilities had.
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My greatest role model is my mom because she gives out great tips and helped me know that special education was the career for me. I helped out in her preschool class and got to see the children with special needs thrive in their development.
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My daugher, she has overcome so many obstacles and keeps plugging away,
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My greatest role model is my Kindergarten teacher. He love and passion for teaching is what made me want to be a Kindergarten teacher. I still speak to her to this day and I have wanted to grow up and be just liker her since I was in her Kindergarten class.
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It's sounds cliche, but my husband is one of my biggest role models. He's been through heart surgery, losing his first wife to cancer, being a single father, and he's a police officer. He's postive, loving, hard-working and he encourages me to be better, keep going, and enjoy life.
Question 16 of 26
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 experienced 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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Yes, I have experience writing IEPs, Positive Behavior Support Plans as well as Functional Behavior Assesments. In addition, I document training plans based of task analysis for an particular skill that the student is working on.
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I have some experience maintaining documentation on children. I wrote down when children took naps, ate food and needed diaper changes.
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During my student teaching I kept records and documentation on all my students with IEPs in their file. I wanted to have access to their progress, especially in regards to their IEP and behavioral goals.
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Yes, I have created behavioral charts for my students that have been successful. I have also created goal charts that my past students and I have worked on together. I also have taken a large share of notes on specific students and needs while being a teaching assistant.
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Yes, in my classroom I take assessment data on everything we do. I document their academic progress as well as their behaviors. Additionally, I document student specific things such as bruising logs, bathroom trips, seizure logs, protective holds, service delivery, etc.
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I have done progress monitoring, daily behavior sheets, a spreadsheet/checklist for tracking all documentation in and out. I file all documentation and keep a journal on student behaviors.
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I do not have a lot of expereicne, I have done teacher made assessments, Behavior Documentation using timed intervals, incidents and action teacher took Behavior Documentation Form.
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In the past I have keep running records and notes on students that I have used for report cards and conferences. I like to keep clipboards around the room to write down data and notes during the day for each and every student.
Question 17 of 26
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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I am aware that Kennewick School District achieves to increase student achievement through authentic partnerships through family and community partnerships. The district values specially designed instruction for students.
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I know that you do activities with the children and make crafts. You deal with special needs children and give services that help them like speech therapy and occupational therapy. You collaborate with therapists, general education teachers and parents to talk about their progress.
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I know your education program encompasses 2400 students roughly with 18% in the special education department.
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I am very familiar with the 8:1 program and the green, red and yellow behavioral and emotional program that is used. I am also familiar with the RTI classes and the routine that is asked as well as, the CT program and the study skills classes that students have.
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I read you handbook and I appreciate your goals. 1. Each student should be seen as an individual, 2. Not every student has the same learning style. 3. Its ok to take risks .4. Each student should love to learn and have a desire to reach their potential.
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The district strives for constant change and learning never stops.
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I know you have students who have IEP,
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I know that you have a wonderful educational program and from what I have seen at my current position, there is a passion for teaching and learning and great staff behind it.
Question 18 of 26
How would you describe your passion for teaching children?
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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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My favorite class was multicultural education class. It helped to think out of the box in creating lessons that addressed everyones background.
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My favorite course in college was Observation and Planning assessment because I got to spend time in a preschool observing children.
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My favorite course in College would be Observation and Planning because I got to observe children in a program.
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My favorite course in college was Ethics 101 with Dr. Mackenzie. Not only was my professor energetic and brilliant, he allowed for us, the students to be in charge of our own learning and when we held debates on current topics, we had the opportunity to run the class. Besides the independence that he taught, I really began to understand the importance of valuing others opinions and respecting differences. That is why I feel special education is a perfect fit for me because within one classroom there is going to be a wide range of differences and there are going to be a wide range of opinions.
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My emotional disturbance class. I learned a lot in that class.
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History of religion due to the great discussions and debates.
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I am 53 I got my degree/certification.
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Since Kindergarten I have had my passion for teaching. I have always wanted to help children reach their full potential. Seeing a child get that lightbulb moment gives me goosebumps. I want to be the one who helps that light go off for each student.
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I would describe it as my calling. There are certain things people feel called to in their life and I've known I wanted to be a teacher since I was 13.
Question 19 of 26
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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A fundamental piece of education and special education is the need to collaborate with faculty members. I plan to work closely with the faculty to increase opportunities for students within my classroom to mainstream and interact with students and teachers within the larger school wide community. These opportunities are extremely important not only for myself and my students but also for other faculty and students within the elementary school. By creating these opportunities, my students will have a larger sense of belonging within there school wide community.
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I will meet with the other staff involved on the IEP. Reach out in person through email to see how the student is doing in class, and what help they may need if academics is down or behavior is low.
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I will give them tips on how to handle bad behaviors. I will help them modify assignments for the special needs children. I will communicate a lot and be a asset on helping them out.
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I will be sure to address the staff that my students will be working with by holding a meeting and discussing the needs of each student and items that will be important for the teachers to know while working with each student. I will also be sure to state clearly my strategies to ensure success so that as team we can work together to help each student be successful.
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I will meet with the other teachers, I will also make myself available as a resource for my co-workers.
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I would love to work as team and share information and ideas.
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I work well with other teachers, We are a team.
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I will work closely with other teachers to ensure that the communication lines are open and everyone is on the same page with what is going on for each and every student. I will have meetings to discuss any issues that arise and how best to deal with any situations that may come along.
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I would consider myself very respectful of my co-workers and a team player. I work well with instructional aides and expect my students to respect them as other teachers in the classroom. I have participated in weekly team building meetings to help discuss students needs and upcoming events.
Question 20 of 26
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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I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I did a long term substitute teacher position and I was successful at it. I loved working with the students and the aides. I had learned a lot from that position and felt that I could contribute my skills and talent best through it.
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I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I was getting my Masters in Teaching. My Masters thesis was working with At Risk Youth--teaching using Authentic Instruction. I made great connections with the students who were in my practicum classes of US History and American Government. I saw them blossom when I used their strengths to learn the subject at hand.
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I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher was when I helped out in the preschool. I saw how they developed in their learning and did a lot of hands on activities.
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I realized that I wanted to be a special education teacher when I was a preschool aide for special needs children. I like watching them thrive in their developmental skills and watching them smile when they get it right.
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Since I was in second grade, I had the dream to be a teacher. My teacher Mrs. Dragone was a teacher the possessed only the best qualities. When I entered second grade I was shy and timid. I knew that my reading levels where low. From the time I walked into her class, she provided me with the skills I needed to succeed. Her skills and daily guidance encouraged me to be most like her. At the end of the day, I ultimately want to help students succeed and have a role model guiding them throughout the most important aspects of their lives.
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1996. I worked in a Lifeskills classroom. I watched how even with the littlest gains it was exciting and fulfilling.
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I realized I wanted to be a special education teacher when I was a substitute for a learning support classroom, which I had never done before. I felt like I made a difference to those children and it felt wonderful.
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When I moved to AL 10 years ago.
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I realized I wanted to be a special education teacher after my summers at the Wisconsin Early Autism Project. I felt that I had a connection with the students I worked with and wanted to continue working with students who have autism specifically.
Question 21 of 26
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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The more severely disabled. It seems they are forgotten or overlooked because of a disability. Their minds may be strong but because they lack a way to communicate effectively they cant let us know what they are thinking. I want to help them contribute and live their lives to the fullest.
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I truly enjoy helping students in resource room as well as teaching functional skills.
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The specific area of special education I am attracted to is the physical disabilities. They are special and can do things that surprise you. The joy on their face when they accomplish something makes my day.
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The specific area I am most attracted to is physical disabilities. I like to watch the children in wheelchairs and walkers go through their development and see them accomplish things they never have before.
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I have spent time with students with learning disorders, behavior issues, ADHD, ADD, mental handicaps, autism and many other challenges. I am attracted to helping students reach their potential. I was overwhelmed when a non-verbal student with autism finally said hello to me and I was inspired when a boy who struggles with ADHD showed up to school with his homework completed.
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I am most attracted to the role of consultant teacher because I feel that in this position not only can I assist students in academic situations but I can assist with social skills.
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My primary training and area of interest is in applied behavior analysis. ABA is everywhere and it is a method that can be used in a variety of ways in a variety of settings. Specifically I work with students with severe cognitive disabilities. I am most interested in helping students with signiificant needs. I am able to provide the students with compassion, care, and meaningful education.
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Behavior students. These children are some of the hardest to love, but when you figure out what makes them tick it is amazing to watch them grow.
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I like working with students who are SLD
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I am attracted to autism the most. I have most of my experience in that area so I feel the most comfortable there at this time.
Question 22 of 26
What are your 2 greatest strengths?
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I lifted a car once and another time picked up a grand piano.
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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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Hard worker nad flexilble love working with kids.
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I am hard worker puncutal flexible.
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Collabaration and differentiation.
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My greatest strengths are flexibility and professionalism.
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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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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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As an instructor, I believe that my two greatest strengths are collaborating with others and creatively finding ways to meet the needs of various student populations.
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I am passionate about teaching--I teach from the heart. I am very organized.
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My two greatest strengths are organized and patience. I organize things by last name and have a place for everything. I have tons of patience by my experience with children of all ages and how to handle stress.
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My two greatest strengths are being organized and being a fast learner.
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I think my two greatest strengths are my ability to develop meaningful relationships with students and my attention to detail.
Question 23 of 26
Has their ever been an autistic or special needs child in your life that has inspired you?
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I had my friend son who is autistic and I do volunteer at my kids school.
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Every single one has inspired me. Their tenacity and strength. Their individuality and resiliance. And their big hearts. Awe inspiring.
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Yes. I was working as an aide.
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Chanel, a friend of the family, has been hesitent to learn new things due to confidence but I loved seeing her learn to take risks.
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Yes, a had a student who was verbal and had severe difficulties with getting along with others. I helped him overcome these challanges and he went on to graduate with a diploma.
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Yes, my first student when I began to work for the district as a one-on-one inspired me to want to work in this field as a Special Education Teacher.
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Yes, Big Jim. He always had a great attitude no matter the situation. He made you want to help him. I strive to be the kind of teacher that kids want to help. The lessons are for the students but if they feel needed and important, that sense of purpose carries them a long way when things get tough.
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Yes, she had cerebral palsy and she was always smiling. She enjoyed her time at camp.
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I nanny a young boy with ADD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Anxiety, and severe anger. Working with him has given me a whole new outlook on education and teaching, and has taught me many new strategies for self-regulation and monitoring his own behavior/anger.
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Yes, there was. a student at my current job hard a time socializing with other students. he worked really hard at being a person with better self co....,
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Practically everyone of them inspires me to be better, but the one that truly does are the children physically disabled yet they still make it to school with a smile on their face. It makes realize how blessed I am and to be positive like them.
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The first autistic boy I ever worked with inspired me. When I first met him he hardly talked, but after working with him for 3 summers, we formed a bond and he began speaking a few words here and there. When it was time for me to take my first teaching job, it was hard to leave, but I have never forgotten my time with him.
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Yes, a student I worked with while I was doing observation hours in college. He had autism and was fully mainstream in a gen ed second grade classroom. He was so excited to learn and I saw him outside of school one day performing with karate group in a parade and I was so proud of him.
Question 24 of 26
What exposures have you had in Teaching?
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I have taught 2 yearsin a public school.
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Student teaching in a Humanities classroom combining Language Arts, Geology, Geography, and Science in projects utilizing a standards based proficiency system and a high school art in grades 10-12. I have been a long term special education substitute as well as repeat substitute focusing on special educatin classrooms where I built significant relationships with students and staff to witness progress as well as tutoring students with special needs and volunteering.
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I had been exposed to a variety of academic settings. I started out teaching in a non public sector working with EBD students and then went to a public sector -RSP and finally SDC -EBD self contained environment.
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I have worked with Learning Support and Regular Education Teachers when I was a Student Helper in an elementary school. I worked as an Instructional Aide in an Emotional Support Classroom; K - 2nd grade, at the High School Level as an Instructional Aide in Inclusion Classrooms, as a Reading Specialist Aide at the elementary level, and as an Itinerant Special Education Teacher at the High School level.
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I have been teaching indivdiduals with disabilities for over 18 years and I am a tutor as well as substitute teacher.
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I was a cadet teacher and helped the children with assignments and made activities. I am an AmeriCorps member that supervises the children at recess and helps the presenters with the activities they are doing. I was also a preschool aide that incorporated technology into lessons like the alphabet and colors.
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As a new graduate, my most extensive teaching has been during student teaching.
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I was substitute teacher for one year, a learning support paraprofessional for 6 years, a emotional support paraprofessional for one year, am a SpellRead teacher, and a Sunday school teacher.
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Test giving, differentated instruction, small group read,
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I have had the pleasure to teach kindergarten for 2 years in Illinois. I have also taught preschool age children for 3 years. I was a paraprofessional for 2 years and am currently a 1:1 aide for a boy who has adhd.
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Classroom observations during college, organizing and teaching at VBS for mission trips and at the church, teaching in africa, student teaching in 1-2 combo SDC class and middle school RSP, teaching as and education specialist at david and margaret, and teaching as a long term sub in k-1 SDC
Question 25 of 26
How would friends describe you?
User-Submitted Answers
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Friends would describe me as caring, compassionate, helpful, trustworthy, reliable, dependable and determined.
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I am tenacious in regards to what I am passionate about. I may be a bit reserve at first--taking everything all in, before I take the big leap. I am an advocate for family, friends and those who are work with.
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My friends would describe me as caring, dependable, reliable and honest. I am a great organizer and that I love children.
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They would describe me as positive and hard working.
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My friends would describe me as energetic, happy, passionate, punctual and a go getter.
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My friends would describe me as kind, empathic, and brave.
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Friends would describe me as hilarious, comforting, religious, a true friend, someone is there in a heart beat when needed, and giving.
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My friends would describe me as passionate about what I do, loving, caring, patient and a great listener.
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My friends would describe me as kind, loyal and passionate.
Question 26 of 26
What do you think you will most like about being a Special Educator?
User-Submitted Answers
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I like seeing my students achieve. Oftentimes, our students are left out and seeing them progress is a great reward.
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The ability to work with all studnets in a full inclusion setting and teach valuable life coping skills.
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I will like seeing student confidence, performance, and achievement increase when specially designed instruction and modifications are given in order to assist the students in succeeding.
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Being able to make a difference is the lives of those who have a disability.
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I will love seeing the children develop in their learning and accomplish things they never have before.
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I will like seeing how special needs children make friends and thrive in their development.
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Enabling students with a variety of learning difficulties.
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Helping students reach their goal. playing apart in a students success.
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Teaching and working with the students. I love it when a student "gets it" and they learning that new task that they have been working on so hard.
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I think I will like most is getting to know the children, helping them with their work, listening to their stories, and being proud of them when they do well or at least try to do well.
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Helping studnets be the best they can be.
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I will like knowing that I helped someone to succeed. My goal in life is to help others so this would be a step in the right direction.
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I love that moment when a student gets it. When I spend time making accommodations to the lessons so my students can better understand the material and then I see it click. I love the mone.

About Special Education Teacher

August 26th, 2017

Special education teachers receive special training that equips them to work with students who have a wide range of mental, emotional, learning or physical disabilities. These specialist teachers may adapt general lessons or develop personalized teaching plans for their students after assessing their skills and determining their educational needs. They may teach their students as a class or they may mentor them in small groups or on a one-on-one basis. Liaising with parents, counselors, and teachers and updating all carers of their student's progress is a big part of a special education teacher's responsibilities.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum educational qualification required to become a special education teacher. This could be a degree specifically in special education or in elementary education with a minor in special education. Some schools may also require their special education teachers to be certified or licensed. Patience, resourcefulness, empathy and excellent communication, interpersonal and critical thinking skills are essential attributes for this role.
At the interview, your interviewer will listen carefully to your replies to determine whether you have what it takes to work with children with different types of disabilities. It is a challenging role and very few people can measure up to it. To get the job, you must be able to convince your interviewer that you have the skills, the experience and most importantly, the resourcefulness and aptitude necessary for this role. At Mock Questions, you will find a list of interview questions that are typically asked at interviews for special education teachers. As part of your interview preparation, give some thought to how you would answer these questions.


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