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How do you usually determine which textbooks you will choose?
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Lay out your decision-making process and use 'If/Then' language. Make sure to demonstrate that you would be aligned with the school's principles and values. You can also use this opportunity to show that you like to develop yourself professionally.
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"First, I'd look at what we need to achieve and what the weakest areas were in my last class. If I see that, last year, my students' social studies scores weren't too good, then I'll look into what the deficiencies were and see if there's any improvements that could come from the choice of textbook. I'd ask my colleagues for their opinions, and I'd also look on online communities for ideas. I take a look at each textbook and imagine myself teaching it. It's got to be accessible to the children."

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User-Submitted Answers

How do you usually determine which textbooks you will choose?
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Do they align with best practice and common core.
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Does the text cover the standards.
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Make sure there is a solid alignment to the state standards that need to be addressed. Make sure there is an alignment to any National tests like the ACT or SAT. Look for a variety of rigor and resources that can help with not only struggling students but advanced ones as well. Make sure it meets the needs of the Districts curriculum and CSIP goals.
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One that would aline with the foreign language frameworks.
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According to the board of education curriculam.
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I will have my teachers look at the textbooks to make sure it aligns with the TEKS and is user friendly. The teachers will also need to make sure that it is student centered.
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Textbooks will be chosen based on the curriculam being taught.
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Those that are culturally divers yet up to date.
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I use the Core Curriculum Standards and align resources that closely match the needs of the students and the teachers.
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First I look for many book samples as I can to revise them and compare them with our curriculum to see if they fill our needs! Saw them to the teachers wo will use them and ask their opinion too.
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I review the standards first. Then I review the list the benefits and pitfalls of each book. Finally I would request feedback from the teachers using the books to see what they are looking for in a text book.
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Read reviews, talk with other districts, review samples, pilot materials, talk and present to stakeholders.
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In the past I have formed committees to review several text book series. Textbooks have been chosen based on critical thinking skills, needs of the district, and opportunities to connect to the global community with meaningful tasks.
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Textbooks will be based on the course offering firstly before presenting samples to the teachers. Department head will have final say for that department.
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In our system we always convene a textbook committee. One of the things we look for is the rigor of the material, the teaching materials included, and other resources. However, we realize that textbooks are not the only resource teachers use to teach the content so we want to make sure the selections or units can be used in a flexible way.
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One of the first things I do is I compare what the textbook covers with the standards. I see if the textbook addresses the areas of the standards. Then I would address the readability of the textbooks to ensure that the students are able to comprehend the content material in the textbooks. Finally I would see what technology ancillaries come with the textbook that would enhance student learning.
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I think we encounter difficult people on a daily basis. But how you deal with them is what is important. Often the difficult person can be seen as negative, defensive, stand-offish, and not receptive to what is being said. Often the root of the trouble is in a miscommunication or a misperception. It would be important to sit down and talk to the teach in question to see what the underlying issue is. Hopefully through discovering that I am there to help and not judge them with their job, it would allow for a breakthrough. Often it is finding a common ground to build on and hopefully the root of the trouble had been found in communicating with each other.
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Depends on the standards that are covered in the book.
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I have taken a risk on a new teaching approach or suggestions when students were not preforming to the best of their ability and teachers were not allowing students to be responsible for their own learning.
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Textbooks are chosen by students abilities and fluency rate. They would include a mixture of fiction and non-fiction books.
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A teacher panel and seeing how the books fit into the curriculum being used at the school and how it matches to state standards.
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I think about my class's interest and the content I am trying to teach. Then I try to find a text they can relate to that will either build up to the subject matter or that will lend itself to opening a discussion about the content.
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Textbooks are chosen by committees and how they best correlate with state standards.
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What text books to choose depends on IB curriculum and what we want to cover in school.
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Alignment with state curricula, appeal to students, ease of use by students.
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I believe in team work. I think those who will use textbooks should have a voice in whatever is chose. I think they should be at the table. With that bein said, I think it is critical to review materials and ensure that the standards that are requried for our state are included in the textbook. No one should choose a particular text just because it has aligned with the common core. Books need to be examined closely.
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Currently, we utilize text books that align the closest to the common core state standards.
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The first thing to look for when choosing textbooks/resources is to see if they are aligned with our common core standards. I would look for user friendliness. Will teachers find the materials easy to use? What about readability levels for the students? Is it rigorous, but challenging for our students to comprehend? Does it contain resources for differentiation in our classrooms? Does it have component resources for our ELL population/special needs population? Are there assessments that teachers can modify to differentiate for the different levels in their classroom? Is the program user friendly for parents? Would they be able to help their children with assignments? Are there interactive technology components? For the Smartboard for teachers and for students to use? Can teachers and students access them easily? What kind of support/training will the publisher provide? Is there ongoing support for the teachers? Are there any biases in the opinions presented in the books? Is there diverse view points represented?
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Look to see if the textbook covers the state standards. If they meet the state standards, determine the lexia rating to make sure it is grade appropriate reading.
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Determined by district panels.
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We will choose the textbooks who follow the tens, and are aligned properly.
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The textbooks I use are research-based and provide suplimental materials to target students Tier I instruction and student needs: Student-based needs.
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I think that textbooks are becoming more antiquated and irrelevant to this generation of students. However, if a textbook adoption was required by the system, I would want the textbook that has the best teacher resources and online resources and tools for students.
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I will look into how the textbooks are tied into real-life scenarios and if there are ways to make it fun and alive, so the students can learn Mandarin in a way that they can fully relate and understand, not simply just memorizing.
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I would have a book committee for each department and work from their recommandations.
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I will go through APOLO to ensure we can use the supplementary text. We will collaborate to make sure the textbooks are appropriate and could be used in real-life scenarios so the students will receive authentic Mandarin practice and usage, not purely memorizing vocabulary and phrases that are rarely used.
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Reviews of books, research based best practices, budget.
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Look at the standards that students need to master. Then look through textbooks to see which ones best align to those standards.
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Research based text books with school that have similar demographic to our students.