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Question 1 of 12
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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I worked with a teacher who did not like change and wanted teach as she taught children. I offered for her to observe my class and the students. In addition, we planned lessons and activities together until she felt comfortable to try new things.
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Working in a team, identifying needs over a large geographic location.
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Getting students to focus on the subject matter, helping them to refocus when they arrive in the classroom.
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I solve students problems.
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Convincing teachers that Standard Based Instruction was the best thing for students.
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The biggest challenge in working for a university was learning to navigate the bureaucracy involved in every aspect of my job as an administrative assistant.
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I worked with a teacher who was not comfortable with technology and change.
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Paper work and students who finished their assignments too early.
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Question 2 of 12
Why do you want a career as an adult basic education teacher?
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I e been teaching adults for two years and I enjoy the challenge of it.
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To teach them how to read and write, so that they will become retrate.
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Many adult learners were unsuccessful as young learners. I would like to help them achieve success and become lifelong learners.
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Empower them to be more than they expected they could be.
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I like to teach people. Especially adults because they know why they come to school and they try to do their best.It's really rewarding to see the students learning and progressing.
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The bureaucracy and red tape that stemmed from administration and its implementation of the new standards and new teacher evaluation system.
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To share the knowledge I have to learners so that they can succeed in life.
Question 3 of 12
How do you handle stress and pressure?
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It's motivating at some point and I get excited to get things done.
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I try to avoid it by completing work in a timely manner, and planning ahead to avoid problems. But in them event that stress finds me, I breathe deeply, and remember what I do, and who I do it for.
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I take breaks and breathe and turn to others for help and encouragement.
Question 4 of 12
How do you evaluate success?
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By seeing the students growth, learning from their mistake and enjoying the classroom environment.
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Good perfomance, good communication and good hygienic.
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Success for me as a teacher is helping students master subject material, and inspiring them to try. For my students success is trying, attempting to learn, grow, and achieve.
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By the success of the students.
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Sucess is building relaitonships and rapport and celebrating baby steps toeard a goal.
Question 5 of 12
What made you choose a career as an adult basic education teacher?
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I tried it as a part time job and I love it. So I would like to keep doing it. I love to counsel students about different path that they can choose. I really enjoy being with the students. I came here at 18 and I didn't know anything about this country. Now I can be a role model and help others.
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Because I realise lots of adult people are illitrate in our community.
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The desire to work with students that are more mature, and have not had the opportunity or willingness to take advantage of past educational opportunities.
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The rewards of giving someone a second chance are very great.
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I enjoy helping people who are often stigmatised through no fault of their own.
Question 6 of 12
How well do you work with people?
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Very well I think. I try to be professional with others and meet the expectations from my workplace. My students usually love to be in my class. I am very open with them.
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Communicate with them freely and in a friendly and matured manners.
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I work well with people, often collaborating with several colleagues to develop lessons.
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I am flexivle, encoraging and positve, accepting of differences and diversity with students, staff, adminisrtors and parents.
Question 7 of 12
Give an example of a situation where you did something that helped others to be more enthusiastic.
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I shared real life stories about people who became successful. I always let them know that's it's ok to fail, but it's not ok not to try to get back up.
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Helping my fellow colleagues in studying history test where they dont understand.
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I provided a useful tool for them to use to learn the subject matter, and shared my enthusiasm for the subject matter. I have used the example of NASA and space flight to deliver many lessons, from what are the characteristics of life, to how the body changes in space.
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Giving the thumbs up gesture when a writing starment was compltere or key terms were circled. I frequently say, "Good job!"
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The way I help others be more enthusiastic is to be enthusiastic myself. This helped me to make the review for the State Biology test more interesting and enjoyable for my students.
Question 8 of 12
How do you handle your anger?
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I will act ethically and control my anger in a mature manner.
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Taking deep breaths and meditation, and then moving away from the situation. If necessary, the situation can be addressed later, without bad feelings or emotion.
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I reflect and channel it it to be more flexible, passionate and effective. How can I improve?
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I breath in and out, then I smile. Then, I continue with my work. If I'm still angry, I'll wait until I'm in my car to deal with my anger.
Question 9 of 12
What makes you passionate about being an Adult Basic Education Teacher?
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I love to see how the face of the students light up when they finally understand a new concept. I love having good discussions with them, and share everything that I know. Class never gets boring with adults.
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Wishing teaching adults to read and write.
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I am passionate about teaching, and I look forward to working with students who may learn in a different way, one need a different amount of time, or different types of assignments.
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Learning from the students.
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I like the reqrds and challenges in making a true difference in the learner's quality of life.
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I am passionate about teaching in general, but am especially passionate about Adult Basic Education because it may be these students last chance to make their lives better.
Question 10 of 12
Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?
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Group work, observing them, check out how they do their classwork.
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Give them class works as well as home works to go do them at their homes.
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I assess student learning by their questions, their responses to my questions, their willingness to start work, and their questions to their peers. Also I use quick writes, and summaries, or a verbal sharing time with their neighbor.
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Watching them in class and seeing what they do naturally.
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I look for clues like eye contact, circling key terms, communicating to other students, quick writes and quick summaries at the closoure of a lession.
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In addition to tests, I like to use observation and activities to assess student learning.
Question 11 of 12
Do you ever feel angry towards your students?
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No. Not angry. Disappointed sometimes, when I see that they can't remember what I taught them just few days ago.
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No, not really because most really try to understand and learn material. Getting angry at the ones that need more time or help to comprehend the material is counterproductive.
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Not angry. Maybe frustrated but. I assess the situation and find a different solution to help them learn and understand.
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I dislike some student behavior, but I try to separate their behavior and the issues causing it from the person. I realize everyone has issues.
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I attempt to not get pulled into their emtions and try to maninatian passion and empathy at all times.
Question 12 of 12
What three words would your students use to describe you?
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I have fine ears, I'm nice and I like to make them work.
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Tough, smart, consistent.
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Passionate caring supportive.

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