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How do you usually determine which textbooks you will choose?
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Question 2 of 29
How have you helped teachers understand new technologies for the classroom?
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"I ask the principal if I can take up some time on professional development day for a seminar to teach the teachers about a new technology. I gather all the teachers on that day and I'll give them an overview of the technology. For instance, it might be a new eLearning platform. I'll show them a quick tour of the features and give examples of how they might use them in the class. Then I'll have the teachers interact with the platform for 5-10 minutes, and then we'll have a Q&A session. I take their feedback and then I make sure that they have easy access to me if they have any more concerns or questions."
Use concrete examples if you have any. The main point is to paint a clear picture for the interviewer about the way you engage with teachers. Walk them through what you might do, step by step, without getting into too much detail.
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Question 3 of 29
If a school is performing poorly in a certain subject, what are your immediate action steps?
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"I'll bring it to the attention of the teachers and ask them if there have been any particular pain points that they're facing. I'll then ask them if there's anything that they can immediately identify that we can be doing better, if there are resources that they needed but weren't given in a timely fashion. Things that we can do immediately to improve the situation. From there, we'll talk about deeper issues, such as problems with infrastructure, the administrative system, things like that. These are things that will give us better performance in the long run."
Give a brief step-by-step overview of your troubleshooting process. Make sure your answer spans the short term first. If appropriate or necessary, zoom out a little bit and talk about your strategies to improve on medium-to-long term timeline.
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Question 4 of 29
How do you keep up to date on new technologies to better enhance students education?
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How would you interact with faculty members in order for them to understand that integrating technology into their lessons could be beneficial?
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How do you continue to educate yourself?
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What is your favorite book for educators' self development?
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Would you consider yourself to be highly accountable?
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As an instructional coordinator you will often find yourself on the less popular side of opinion. How do you deal with that?
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Would you consider yourself an influencer?
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Are you a strong negotiator?
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Do you want to be in Education for your entire career? Tell me about your long term career goals.
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Why did you initially aspire to be an instructional coordinator?
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What drives you do do your best every day?
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As an instructional coordinator, how do you keep yourself motivated and enthusiastic even when you are met with resistance?
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Question 16 of 29
When you were a teacher, what was your favorite subject to teach? What grades?
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Tell me about your post-secondary education. Have you completed your Masters' Degree?
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How long were you a teacher before transitioning into an Instructional Coordinator?
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When have you had to coach a teacher? What was the issue, and was it a success?
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What was your biggest curriculum change you have implemented? Why did you feel a need to change it in the first place?
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When have you taken a risk on a new teaching approach or suggestion? Was it successful?
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Question 22 of 29
How do you continuously strive to improve the teaching abilities of your team?
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Question 23 of 29
Tell me about a new teaching technique in which you recently learned.
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Tell me about a time when you've had a difficult teacher to work with. What made them difficult and how did you create a breakthrough?
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Question 25 of 29
How closely do you adhere to National curriculum standards?
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Do you agree or disagree with the majority of our State's curriculum standards? What would you change if you could?
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Question 27 of 29
What are your thoughts on an arts based education?
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Question 28 of 29
What is your favorite form of interactive learning?
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Tell me about a time when you failed to meet an objective.
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Question 1 of 29
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.
Question 2 of 29
How have you helped teachers understand new technologies for the classroom?
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Our technology department was looking for a group of teachers to learn Smart boards, the only catch was we had to become a trainer of trainers. I jumped at the opportunity. I also introduced a really neat program, Class Dojo. Class dojo is amazing, you can track student attendance, behavior, send information home such as homework assignments or sign-up parents to participate at school, or whatever you may need to communicate for the home communication component. Parents love to see all the positive reinforcement their child receives throughout the day. It also, brings awareness to possible behavior. The idea behind the program is for teachers to give more positive reinforcement rather than negative. It also, helped track attendance for the Pbis team in a very user-friendly manner. I have also participated in online author studies.
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I help and show them new technologies and way to apply it in their room.
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I have created a website that has informational links to activities or websites. I have taught a few workshops to aid colleagues specifically in technology. Specifically I have taught a workshop on USAtestprep, NEE Portal for teacher evaluations, and Interactive websites for all teachers.
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I have helped teachers understand new technologies for the classroom by modeling their use, surveys to see which technologies they need help with, and seeked other teachers who were proficient in these technologies to also help.
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Provide adequate training.
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By sharing the different methods and perhaps get a workshop that would make them understand the importants of technology in the classroom.
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Oral explanation with guide tool of new technology to understand and implement to studdents.
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Teachers will have workshops on new technologies.
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I have worked with the ITF in our district to present examples of new technologies in the classrooms. I use the new tech in PLC and staff meetings so they can experience it. Then I offer to assist in the classroom to implement the new technology. This begins with planning sessions to ensure that the technology is enhancing the instruction of state standards and that it is being used at a higher level.
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Used google docs to track student behaviors, helped train teachers to use smart boards and projectors, used Jumprope for standards based assessments, used Atlas for curriculum mapping,
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I have led several professional development work shops after school, explaining new technology, such as game-based learning and Google Apps for Education as well as curriculum specific developments, such as Go Maths! ThinkCentral. I begin by preassessing staff needs, such as with a Google Form to gauge my audiences needs.
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So far that has been a one on one basis. But I have offered to show step by step what the technologies are for and how to effectively use it in the classroom.
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The best way to help teacher learn new material is through getting into the rooms and modeling it for them. Also, having professional development that is focused is very helpful.
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First I would want an understanding of the new technology myself to discover the strengths and how to incorporate it into instruction to ensure it would meet one or more of the skills a student of the 21st century need: collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. Then I would prepare a professional development training on how to use it with the teachers and what benefits it would have on not only the instruction but student learning. Next I would provide time for the teachers to work with the technology and develop a lesson using it before they left the training, so they would have a lesson ready to try in their classrooms.
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Modeling and providing practice opportunities.
Question 3 of 29
If a school is performing poorly in a certain subject, what are your immediate action steps?
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Check data for all classes in that one subject.
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Examine the curricuium revise startegies.
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I will try to find out why and where ar we poorly performing, working with a group of teachers involve to solve it!
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I would first look at all the data to familiarize myself with the situation. Then I would visit the school on a few different occasions to see what some possible problems may be. Then I would meet with the administration to see what they have implemented and what they are currently working on to fix the situation. I would work with the administration to develop a plan of action to improve instruction and achievement. Finally I would work with teachers to improve achievement. Then I would set up a tracking system and follow up frequently to continue to support teachers and the school.
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Yes, I had a teacher last year seeking help with balanced literacy and reading work shop. I observed her class for a week to get a feel for her strengths and weak areas. Then we sat and discussed what she felt like she did we, and where she felt like she was stuck. What I say matched what she said so we began planning from the basics all the way up to the lessons and delivery.
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Review test data to determine specific areas of weakness, review curriculum materials to ensure coverage of standards, talk with stakeholders to determine strengths and weaknesses, create action plan.
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Evaluate the data, meet with the teachers, set a goal and create a plan of action.
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Analyze the data with teams of teachers to look for gaps, or overlaps, in the curriculum. Begin setting up weekly walkthroughs that will focus on the data in order to improve instruction. After each walkthrough I would meet weekly to discuss the observations.
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Appoint a qualified teachers for the particular post.
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I would first inspect the data, detailing anything that went wrong such as lost if teacher, change of test version/curriculum. This would be a call to group teachers together based on scores. Plc will be a must as teachers need to collaborate on objectives that was troublesome.
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First we should look at the data. What does the data show us about our weaknesses? After those are established, then we can develop an action plan to address those areas.
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The first thing I would do is look at the data. What exactly are the students struggling in ? What have we done previously in regards to intervention to meet the students' needs? I would then begin to work with teachers at the school to see how are curriculum and teaching lines up. How can we work together to make, for example, teaching writing more fluid? Can we all practice teaching writing a specific way?
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First I was examine the testing data from that school to see if there are any specific areas in the subject or related-subjects that may account for the discrepancies. Then I would follow up by talking to the school's administration and the content teachers to see what are their concerns, observe the teachers' instruction, debrief the teachers and administration on my observations, and then develop a plan for strategies and professional development.
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Analyze what curriculum they are using and what strategies are being implemented, and what skills the students are not mastering in that subject.
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1. analyze data to look for trends 2. talk to experts 3. Research what successful districts do.
Question 4 of 29
How do you keep up to date on new technologies to better enhance students education?
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I am constantly learning from other teachers, I attend as many professional development opportunities, and utilize online learning to enhance my skills too.
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I am on a few curriculum serves. I also get Common Core updates for English. I serve on the PDC committee and research a variety of conferences available to our staff. I regularly attend conferences on a variety of platforms.
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By keeping abreast of the latest technologies such as podcasts, wiki's, digital movie makers, I am always up to date on the latest technologies.
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I ask my colleagues that have technology experience for help and read up on it or take a workshop.
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With the help of website and reading education journals.
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I'm always reading and looking in the Internet for the lates technology and schemes of works.
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I read a lot and ask a lot of questions. I observe what others are using and how they use it. I also ask ITF experts to help me find the latest tech for a particular kind of project.
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Review new apps, talk with students, go to workshops, read tech emails.
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I am a connected educator and rely on my PLN which I have built through Twitter and have expanded through Educational Blogs and Magazines.
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I am a life long learners and I am always studying or doing professional development outside the scope of what is offered at this school. This puts me ahead of other teachers by keeping up to date with technologies through webinars, online and professional development. Most recently I have gone to price water house copper professions development in Pennsylvania. It was productive and I was given information on new trends in technology in the classroom.
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The best way to stay current is to join professional organizations with reputable journals. Also, networking, attending conferences, and reading professional texts are required.
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I find the best way to stay up to date is to read various education technology blogs, following and communicate with various educators on social media who implement the technology in the classroom, and to be a member of the ISTE to constantly stay abreast on the current trends of educational technologies.
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Attending professional development.
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Researching different new technologies.
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Professional development training and practicing with the technology.
Question 5 of 29
How would you interact with faculty members in order for them to understand that integrating technology into their lessons could be beneficial?
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Baby steps. Showing them easy ways to do what they are doing using technology. I would also suggest new enrichment ideas that would compliment the traditional teaching strategies. Starting small and working it into their classroom at their pace, if the pace is moving forward, would be the best way.
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Lead by example, show sample lessons and offer instructions as well as help in class.
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I believe it would be important for me to lead by example and use the technology myself in my classroom. I would discuss what both the pros and cons are of the technology but focus on the benefits. I would stress that it is a learning curve and to do it in baby steps with focusing on one or two new technology tools versus multiple ones.
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I would model using technology with them the same way I want them to implement it to their students.
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Modeling, demonstrating and providing follow up to help with implementation.
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Trying to show them in brief "commercials" how technology might meet their need in a certain area: classroom communication, presentations, record-keeping, discipline, student tools, etc. Offering more in-depth sessions in small groups on with individuals grouped accoring to a specific need.
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I would interact respectfully, and with regard to their professional abilities. I believe no professional wants to be talked to and looked at as if they don't bring anything to the table. I like to implement teaching strategies in my everyday life regardless if I am talking to students or adults. I lead by example, I allow for others to add their strengths in, and I encourage self-awareness so that we all can learn from our rights and wrongs.
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By showing them in a meeting how I integrate technology. Seeing is believing.
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I will show them different technology that is interactive and cool! Sometimes faculty members simply do not know about these technology and have not seen them before. By showing them and allowing them to experience what the students will be experiencing, will very much change their mind!
Question 6 of 29
How do you continue to educate yourself?
Question 7 of 29
What is your favorite book for educators' self development?
Question 8 of 29
Would you consider yourself to be highly accountable?
Question 9 of 29
As an instructional coordinator you will often find yourself on the less popular side of opinion. How do you deal with that?
Question 10 of 29
Would you consider yourself an influencer?
Question 11 of 29
Are you a strong negotiator?
Question 12 of 29
Do you want to be in Education for your entire career? Tell me about your long term career goals.
Question 13 of 29
Why did you initially aspire to be an instructional coordinator?
Question 14 of 29
What drives you do do your best every day?
Question 15 of 29
As an instructional coordinator, how do you keep yourself motivated and enthusiastic even when you are met with resistance?
Question 16 of 29
When you were a teacher, what was your favorite subject to teach? What grades?
Question 17 of 29
Tell me about your post-secondary education. Have you completed your Masters' Degree?
Question 18 of 29
How long were you a teacher before transitioning into an Instructional Coordinator?
Question 19 of 29
When have you had to coach a teacher? What was the issue, and was it a success?
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I have only been placed in this position once with a teacher who had many more years experience than myself. I was not in a position of leadership and was simply asked to help guide her. She seemed very responsive to my ideas, but she never followed through. She ended up being transferred to a lower grade.
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I had to coach a teacher last week. The issue was class management. The suggestions had a proven track record, but unfortunately, the strategies did not work for the teacher.
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When he was having difficulty with passing and how to transition from one activity to another. Yes I was successful.
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Writing-How to approach and strategies to address weaknesses.
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When teaching science about gravitational force the students are not clearly understand. So I called teacher and instructed to teach in play way method. it is simply explained. Asked the students take small stone or eraser and keep it in a hand stretched away from the body in shoulder level and asked to drop it it fallen down without any force applied. This is gravitational force of newton law. and if the stone or eraser in the hand not to fall down it should be kept in hand so need energy that is called potential energy of the object. It is understood easily by the students then.
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The teacher that I was talking to did not think she could handle the issue. I gave her seniros and she tried them and it worked.
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I had coach teachers in the use of the smart boards, and new scheme of works they and they learned successfully.
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Helped a 10 year veteran teacher who was having trouble with classroom climate. Helped her to take notice of her own behaviors and research on her own. She reflected and made positive changes to her classroom.
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Teachers aren't made equal in terms of confidence and sometimes coaching a teacher to apply certain principles in their class lends itself to be successful. I had a teacher who was afraid of students cursing, we tag teamed one morning and that was enough to boost morale and confidence. Once you have started to address one situation it will come easier the next round.
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When I think of a coach, I think of someone who offers advice on a situation, who can see multiple perspectives on that situation, and someone who has the knowledge to remedy a problem. When a fellow teacher came to me with a concern about a group of students not mastering a history concept, I asked what instructional strategies were being used in the lesson. I offered some suggestions, especially on how to incorporate more literacy strategies to help the students with comprehending the concept being taught. Based on our conversations after the initial discussion, I felt it was a success and the teacher has begun using more varied instructional strategies into the classroom.
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Yes, Teacher students were preforming poorly on assessments and the teacher was just lecturing to the students. I provided the teacher with strategies to use and modeled what it would look like in the classroom.
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Yes... Classroom discussion yep.
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I coached a teach on teaching students to write 5 paragraph essays and it was moderately successful.
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I haven't had to coach up a teacher, per se. However, I do try to make suggestions during PLC meetings when teachers discuss current situations in their classes or if a lesson did not go as well as expected.
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Steven Curry, Two new teachers in our grade level this year, one had issues with classroom management. Together, we selected one area: lining up and walking from the classroom to another destination. Relective questions to determine skills needed: Voices off, feet and faces forward, line straight. Conversation regarding whether 5th graders need to know the why of straight, quiet lines (safety), Practice with specific feedback on how to communicate the expecttions to the class. Discussed public acknowledgement of when students met expectations (point rating on the line). Pep talk for confidence. Check back with teacher on results, continued to cycle and tweak until students and teacher were consistently successful.
Question 20 of 29
What was your biggest curriculum change you have implemented? Why did you feel a need to change it in the first place?
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Music to meet the needs of diverse population.
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My biggest curriculum change that I implemented was changing units. It needed to be changed because the order of the units did not flow cohesively.
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I changed my curriculum all the time to fit the needs of the student and to keep up with the 21 century.
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The curriuclum needs to be changed if the students are not learning from it.
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Glenco math for middle school students. Student test scores were low and some were not prepared for HS.
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Microsoft word - pilot program was first piloted in Guilteodncounty. I was apart of the team who provided several key elements to the curriculum that was submitted to Micorosft through DPI. The curriculum was large and the timing was based on adults so the objectives needed to be smaller and filtered into chunks of data.
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For me, a light came on a few years ago when my history students said "Ms. K we're reading the textbook but it's not clicking." What started off as reading a couple professional articles on about reading, grew into a passion for content literacy as it lead me to gain my graduate degree in literacy. From there I began incorporating research-based strategies in my classroom to help my students and saw immediate results as the students' understanding grew and saw a vast improvement on social studies standardized testing scores.
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The biggest curriculum change I have made was to revise intervention and what students would be taught during the intervention. This was decided after numerous walk throughs and teachers were not implementing the previous intervention curriculum.
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MAISA is most recent . Shift from just teaching literature to teaching literacy.
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Changing the curriculum in the special education classrooms because students were not showing gains in reading and math skills.
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Common Core. Huge shift in depth of knowledge, content, and methodology. I felt the need for change to encourage student success at new levels.
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Major modifications to a social skills curriculum in a behavioral intervention classroom. The curriculum was not applicable to the audience that it was meant to teach, and it was difficult for the students to apply to real life situations because of that.
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With the adoption of the common core standards, we had to change our curriculum to align to the standards. The challenge was to align the old Think Central math program to the new standards. It was important to see what had to be taught in each grade and where the gaps were. What was moving up to the next grade and what content was being moved down into the previous grade? How do we address the gaps during the transition year? We needed to make sure that the teachers will teach that content after the NYS assessments so that the students will not miss out on those concepts. (Angles were moved from 5th to 4th grade).
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NGSS implementation. It is a new initiative from the state.
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Implementing a flipped classroom. I neede to make this change because it freed up class time to focus on individual instruction.
Question 21 of 29
When have you taken a risk on a new teaching approach or suggestion? Was it successful?
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Recently our students have been below grade level in reading. Two years ago I decided to forgo my standard English 2 activities and focus on reading skills and fluency. My students seemed to respond very well to the program and scored above 75% on the EOC English 2, where in both years as freshmen they scored in the 50th percentile.
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I am yet to try another teaching approach but I look forward to a different method at all times.
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When in the language lab I used a web quest. Yes it was successful.
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Yes! I m implementing the differentiation in the classroom and the results have been amazing.
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Used Hattie's data to make suggestions to staff that have a proven result for student progress. They chose methods that would work in their classrooms and it was successful.
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I change my teaching approach based on the student in front of me. I initially use the first few assignments as a test to see how much the class understands as a whole will determine how quickly I get through the material.
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After a few years of having so-so passing rate with our state end of course, and then a major drop in the passing rate, I did much internal reflection as a teacher. I scrapped my notes, sought advice from other teachers, attended state department trainings, and took all of that in consideration. That led to a new note-taking system, improved presentations, more primary source analysis and critical thinking, and incorporating more literacy strategies into my classroom. Since then I have seen a significant improvement in test scores with my students.
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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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All the time... Sometimes;)
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By identifying specific standards to on for mastery versus trying to master all standards. Yes. We saw an increase in test scores.
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Absolutely. One suggestion made to me a few years ago was to reduce the competition in my classroom as a result of my concern over increasing levels of cheating. Shifting to a more growth mindset, cooperative, collaborative approach has definitely been better at meeting my students' needs.
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I have taken a risk on a new teaching suggestion when my mentor teacher recommended that I open up the floor for discussion in a new way so that students had more time to connect with each other. It was very successful because the students really engaged in sharing ideas and gave each other new ideas.
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I am always trying new approaches in my classroom every year. This past year I used debates to teach argumentative writing. The students enjoyed it and you saw some really quiet students come out swinging in rebuttals and it was a fun and exciting way to teach them argumentative writing. We picked very current and relevant topics to them and it taught them to look at both sides of the issue which is different from the persuasive writing that they have done. I enjoyed it as well.
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Yes, I utilized the Kagan cooperative learning strategies in my classroom and it has been an enormous change in learning and participation.
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The flipped classroom model was a great risk, it has been very successful.
Question 22 of 29
How do you continuously strive to improve the teaching abilities of your team?
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Monitor their progress, give feedback, and offer suggestions for improvement. Make sure they not only have the resources available to make adequate changes, but that they understand the consequences of not reaching or making progress toward goals.
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I always listen to what the teacher has to say. I make sure there is a trust level between the teachers and myself.
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My being a role model and continuously sharing materials and lessons that I have been successful with.
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By updating continuously of new technology by research scholars and others.
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I try to be a role model teacher so they can learn by observing not only me but also others teachers, making round tables to discuss our experiences and give advice to all who need it and ask for it!
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Observe, read professional articles and books, talk with teachers about current practice, reflect, PLC model.
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By continually being their coach and advocate. Continually analyzing data, building a working relationship with teachers in order to provide or find the best professional development opportunities for my teachers.
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By giving them feedback from observations, providing professional development and suffesting different strategies in common planning meeting.
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Just like with a student's... Research, model, practice and feedback.
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By making sure teachers have the follow up to training so they can better implement what they have learned.
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I enjoy growth. I love the reward I feel when I see it happening in myself and others. I have improved others' teaching abilities through reflective questioning, specific feedback, modeling strategies, providing resources, supplying support, working collaboratively. I embrace a growth mindset for myself and others I work with.
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I research new and better ways to reach students, I observe other great teachers, and I reflect on my own and others effectiveness in the classroom.
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We all need to have that mentality that we don't have to be bad to become better. (Book by Candy McKay). I will constantly keep up with the latest research and best practices and provide presentations or literature to the principles to share with their teachers at their faculty meetings. Keeping up with the changes in the field of education is important since it is such a dynamic field with constant changes. I also feel administrators need to model that we are lifelong learners and encourage collaboration and a professional learning community. Providing teachers with the resources they need to help them do their job successfully and giving them useful feedback that they can use in their classrooms to help them improve.
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By improving myself. Leading by example is a powerful way to improve others. Allowing them to see your improvement, talk about your failures, and the desire to better yourself.
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Being self reflective. Jotting down after each day/lessons to see what went well and what did not go so well. Really hone in on what went not so well and see what changes can be made, also look into what went well to do more or make variations to it, allowing students to be more engaged. Also, each group of students are different, therefore this step is crucial to improve teachers' teaching ability.
Question 23 of 29
Tell me about a new teaching technique in which you recently learned.
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Close reading and socratic seminars. Both of these techniques are extremely valuable in English. Teaching students to reader deeper into the text and make textual based connections versus personal connections yields a higher comprehension. Socratic seminars allow students to discuss text in pointed manners that are debatable, but not confrontational.
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The latest teaching technique I learned is reciprocal teaching. This requires the students to teach one another what the teacher has already taught.
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My current district has been transforming itself into a digital-technology one with the hopes of being a 1:1 district in the next few years. My students recently had access to MacBooks and I have been incorporating technology more and more into my lessons. I've been able to use Google applications, like Google Forms to have my students analyze primary sources. Through the use of technology, the students have a chance to research the basic information and now build on the deeper critical thinking and understanding of the content being taught. I am seeing my students adapting into 21st century learners before my eyes.
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New:) Good teaching is good teaching... Very few truly new. Just rebranded and improved... But I supposed getting technology into almost every lesson.
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Google classroom and how to use the one to one technology to increase student engagement.
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Harvard Project Zero "I see, I think, I wonder" Given a prompt that is NOT a question (e. G. Equation, photograph, video), students inititally come up with a list of their observations. Then, they use those observations to make a second list of "I think ..." statements (may or may not be correct, but what they think). Last, students formulate I wonder statements or questions based on the other two lists. This strategy teaches observation, prediction, and drawing conclusions at a DOK that can range to quite high. I've been very excited with the results of the process and how it slows students down to focus on components prior to making judgements or conclusions.
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I recently learned about a reading strategy where students get paired up based on reading level and they utilize this to work a partner reading together where they interchange paragraphs and take turns reading and summarizing.
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Using google forms in the classroom for the students to turn in assignments.
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I recently learned from a Linguistic PhD administrator to allow Mandarin learners to speak in every opportunity they get. Meaning, if the teacher has a question, instead of choosing a student that raises their hand, have the student talk to a neighbor. If the teacher is able to have the students practice this every question he/she has, the students would be speaking hundreds of sentences in Mandarin every day, instead of only when they answer questions with their raised hand.
Question 24 of 29
Tell me about a time when you've had a difficult teacher to work with. What made them difficult and how did you create a breakthrough?
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When I have individuals who feel their way is better, I always give them the opportunity to prove their strategy. If it is a complete failure we discuss the issue and brainstorm ideas of fixing it in the future. If their idea just had flaws we discuss ways to make it more effective.
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I'm working with a difficult teacher currently. This teacher is very difficult because of their lack of professionalism. I am able to work with them nonetheless because I am a professional. Furthermore, I am there to educate so my focus remains on the end result of the success of the students.
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Veteran teacher had issues with professionalism talked candidly with teacher and reviewed research.
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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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One teacher was difficult to work with because she felt she knew it all and I wasn't creditable to be telling her what to do. I gradually made my way into her class and taught a lesson or two to her kids and got them involved in the lesson. After a few sessions, the teacher was asking for help and shared how the students were really actively participating.
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Cynicism... Remain positive and supportive:)
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A teacher who had been teaching a number of years and refused to try different strategies to improve instruction and student learning. They felt because they had been doing things this way for a number of years there was no need to change. I reached the teacher by having her look at multiple data sources that showed students were not progressing.
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The most difficult teacher I have ever workeed with was a student teacher who thought they were pretty much finished with learning. It was a difficult and different attitude than I had worked with before. Becaue of his personality, I encouraged him to look at teaching like he would at coaching. We discussed a lot of sports and coaching strategies, during those conversations and through some reflective questioning he was able to come to a conclusion that both coaching and teaching are complex, change-oriented professions. I provided more resources on how teachers use data to reflect on their programs and change them to become more successful for their students. The analogy was our breakthrough moment!
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I had to work with an extremely disorganized teacher once. This person was not strong in the realm of classroom management and it created stress on the students who struggled as well as those who didn't have to work hard to do well because they picked up bad habits. I worked really hard to lead the way by example and structuring as much as I could. I also tried to work with the teacher in helping her understand why she was seeing frustrations in the classroom, and strategies that she could implement to help the chaos.
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The teacher had a bad attitude toward teaching and coaching. We fixed the problem when I say him down and said I'm here for the kids. He agreed and that was our common ground.
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I had a teacher partner that was not very flexible in her lessons. I believe our teaching philosophy is very different. I am the type of teacher that wants my students to fully understand the lesson and develop a strong foundation in everything they are learning. The partner teacher seems to be more of the type who thinks as long as they have covered it, they learned it. Because of this difference, I am always trying to find different ways to teach or make the lessons more engaging. She is not very receptive of that. Since we are different people with different styles, I simply shared everything with her and made it up to her to use my materials or not.
Question 25 of 29
How closely do you adhere to National curriculum standards?
Question 26 of 29
Do you agree or disagree with the majority of our State's curriculum standards? What would you change if you could?
Question 27 of 29
What are your thoughts on an arts based education?
Question 28 of 29
What is your favorite form of interactive learning?
Question 29 of 29
Tell me about a time when you failed to meet an objective.

About Instructional Coordinator

September 24th, 2017

Instructional coordinators are highly experienced educators. They focus on overseeing school curriculum, and teaching standards. As part of their job, instructional coordinators develop appropriate instructional material as well as proper procedures for teachers to implement the curriculum. They also coordinate the curriculum implementation with teaching staff and conduct regular appraisals to evaluate the effectiveness of the program. In some institutions, instruction coordinators may also train and mentor teachers.
It takes advanced education to become an instructional coordinator. Anyone wishing to pursue a career in this field must have at least a master's degree in education, instruction, school administration, or curriculum, as well as ample training in a relevant capacity. Strong analytical, leadership, critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills are essential attributes for this role.
At the interview, your interviewer will question your choice of career and your career goals. They will ask you if you know exactly what this job entails and if you have what it takes to work as an instructional coordinator. They will also ask you about your strengths and weaknesses as they relate to this role as well as your short and long-term career goals. Excellent communication and leadership skills are key requirements of this role and the interviewers will be watching closely to see if you have these two skills. Before going for the interview, it is important to practice your replies to commonly asked interview questions so you can answer confidently at the interview. You can find these questions listed at Mock Questions.

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