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Top 10 Adult Basic Education Teachers Interview Questions

Question 1 of 12
What major challenges and problems did you face at your last position?
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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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Convincing teachers that Standard Based Instruction was the best thing for students.
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Working in a team, identifying needs over a large geographic location.
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I worked with a teacher who was not comfortable with technology and change.
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Question 2 of 12
Why do you want a career as an adult basic education teacher?
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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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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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Many adult learners were unsuccessful as young learners. I would like to help them achieve success and become lifelong learners.
Question 3 of 12
Do you ever feel angry towards your students?
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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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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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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 4 of 12
Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?
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In addition to tests, I like to use observation and activities to assess student learning.
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Watching them in class and seeing what they do naturally.
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Group work, observing them, check out how they do their classwork.
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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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Question 5 of 12
What makes you passionate about being an Adult Basic Education Teacher?
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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.
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Learning from the students.
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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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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.
Question 6 of 12
How do you handle your anger?
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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.
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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 will act ethically and control my anger in a mature manner.
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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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.
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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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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!"
Question 8 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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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.
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Communicate with them freely and in a friendly and matured manners.
Question 9 of 12
What made you choose a career as an adult basic education teacher?
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I enjoy helping people who are often stigmatised through no fault of their own.
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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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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.
Question 10 of 12
How do you evaluate success?
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By the success of the students.
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By seeing the students growth, learning from their mistake and enjoying the classroom environment.
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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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Sucess is building relaitonships and rapport and celebrating baby steps toeard a goal.
Question 11 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 12 of 12
What three words would your students use to describe you?
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Passionate caring supportive.
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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.

About Adult Basic Education Teachers

August 17th, 2017

Teachers of adult basic education instruct adults in basic reading, writing, and speaking skills so that the students can earn an educational credential that's equivalent to a high school diploma. Adult basic education teachers work in classroom settings during mornings and evenings to accommodate working students. They may also work for or in con-junction with social service agencies. Adult basic education teachers need to have good communication and teaching skills, patience, and adaptability. Most employers will require a bachelor's degree and prefer those who have teaching experience. Other certifications or licenses may be required as well, depending on your employer and locale.

Job openings for adult basic education teachers can be found through typical channels such as online job boards like Indeed, Idealist.org, and Craigslist. Vacancies can also be found by visiting adult education centers and libraries, as well as community-based organizations. The interview will center on your ability to work with the population that the organization works with, as well as your teaching ability and ability to adapt your teaching methods to individual students. You'll be expected to be able to work with a diverse population in order to build up the skills needed to pass a General Education Diploma or other high school diploma equivalent.

To prepare for an interview for adult basic education teachers, research the organization and determine their mission and values. Use this information to guide you: choose character traits that best align with those values, and choose abilities that will have the biggest impact on the mission. Think about the experiences you've had that make you unique compared to an-other candidate. Also think about times when you were able to overcome a teaching challenge by adapting your teaching skills and communicated effectively with a student. Come up with examples of your dedication to teaching. Finally, be prepared with examples of why you want to work for that particular organization.

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