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How do you typically assess the learning needs of your students?
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As a Health Educator you use formal and informal techniques to assess the learning needs and styles of your students. Tell the interviewer about a successful way you were able to reach your students. Were you recognized by your supervisor for a job well done?
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"One of my most common and easiest ways that I assess the learning needs of my students is by pausing every few minutes to see whether students are following along with the lesson. It not only identifies gaps in comprehension, but helps break up lectures into more digestible bites."
"I can tell mainly by their body language and facial expressions if they are following or not. I encourage an open forum to ask and answer questions so we can all learn from each other."

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How do you typically assess the learning needs of your students?
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Start collecting data and analysis to define the problem. put prioreties of problems accrding to the needs.
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First, I consider local, state and national data and research around the leading indicators and issues that I am seeing arise. I'd discuss any disparate data and information with colleagues, with coalitions and organizations who might be addressing such indicators. After gathering both quantitative and qualitative information, I'd consider where there might be gaps within the popuation.
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I typically get an understanding of their needs and assess this through a needs assessment survey or even just asking the questions myself to get an interactive communication of what they need.
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I look at their ages, and the way they learn differently. Everyone learns differently so everyone's needs in the classroom are going to differ.
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Pre-assessments are taken and finding out what their interest are.
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I would first look at national, local, and, state data to find the major health issue indicators. I would then use this data and share it with my agency, coalitions, organizations who may already be addressing this issue. I would also engage community members in this process. Lastly, I would prioritize the health indicators based on needs and identify the gaps.
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With my prior teaching experience, I understand that every student learns differently; Auditory, Visual, Kinesthetic. That's why it's very important that I present my material in a variety of ways, so I can reach every student's learning style. There are several different types of assessments that I would implement into my classroom. I feel that I could measure comprehension through Q&A during our group discussions. That way I could determine what information needs to be retaught in further detail. I would also be able to determine prior knowledge based on Pre-Assessments, and measure their gain score through a Post-Assessment. Other ways of measurement... Portfolio, journaling, quizzes, and individual/group projects!
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Example of when you set expectations and monitored the performance of subordinated. What guidance and direction did you find most effective?
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I ask what their goals are for the program and tailor the program to their needs.