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1. What is your greatest strength? How can you use it to benefit our students?

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**Math Teacher**Interview Questions- What is your greatest strength? How can you use it to benefit our students?
- What is your homework philosophy?
- Which math subject is your favorite to teach and why?
- What skills and technologies are you most interested in improving upon or learning?
- Tell me about a lesson that didn't go well and why. How might you improve that lesson?
- Share with me what you think a good piece of mathematics is - something you really like.
- What do you feel is the most effective way to communicate with parents?
- What do you have that would enhance our teaching staff?
- How would you challenge the slow learner and the advanced learner within the same class?
- What kind of students do you like to work with? What type of students could you teach most effectively?
- Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?
- What do you like most about teaching math?
- What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve upon it?
- What makes you unique as a math teacher?
- Give an example of a situation in which you made math exciting for your students.
- How would you make math class great for a lower-level student who feels bummed about their math ability?
- What are your most effective teaching strategies?
- What three words would your students use to describe you?
- What rules do you have for your classroom?
- How do you get students engaged in the problem solving process?
- Tell me about a lesson that went well and why.
- Tell me about someone who has influenced your own education and educational career.
- What are your plans for continuing your professional growth?
- Why did you decide to become a math teacher?
- What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?

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December 10th, 2014

In contemporary education, mathematics education is the practice of teaching and learning mathematics, along with the associated scholarly research.

Researchers in mathematics education are primarily concerned with the tools, methods and approaches that facilitate practice or the study of practice, however mathematics education research, known on the continent of Europe as the didactics or pedagogy of mathematics, has developed into an extensive field of study, with its own concepts, theories, methods, national and international organisations, conferences and literature. This article describes some of the history, influences and recent controversies.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics_education

In contemporary education, mathematics education is the practice of teaching and learning mathematics, along with the associated scholarly research.

Researchers in mathematics education are primarily concerned with the tools, methods and approaches that facilitate practice or the study of practice, however mathematics education research, known on the continent of Europe as the didactics or pedagogy of mathematics, has developed into an extensive field of study, with its own concepts, theories, methods, national and international organisations, conferences and literature. This article describes some of the history, influences and recent controversies.

wikipedia.org/wiki/Mathematics_education

**Math Teacher**User Submitted Interview Answers

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What is your greatest strength? How can you use it to benefit our students?

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What is your homework philosophy?

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Students should be able to complete their homework in an amount of time that is appropriate for their age and grade. The homework should offer them practice to reinforce the lesson that was taught in class, and they should be able to do it independently.

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Homework is essential for building on the knowledge learnt at school and helping the teacher parent relationship by allowing parents to see what their children are doing.

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Flexibility, energy and enthusiasm.

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Create enjoyment in a class.

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Understand and remember instead of making copies and mugging.

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Which math subject is your favorite to teach and why?

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Whole language approach mixed with skill based approach. It gives a balance to the development of computational skills along with recall and encouraging students to explain how they arrived at a mathematical solution.

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Algebra . Help us in real life problems to figure out the missing variable.

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I love teaching geometry because of the ample opportunities to apply it to classroom projects, like building scale models.

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Algebra. I am passionate in calculations.

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Number theory and Trig. FUN!

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What skills and technologies are you most interested in improving upon or learning?

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I'm most interested in investigating fully how to use the SmartBoard in every aspect.

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I am most interested in learning more about effective strategies to help students who have math-related disabilities achieve in math. These students frequently fall through the cracks, and it is important to reach all students in the classroom.

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Any technology that will enrich my students understanding of math concepts.

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I would like to improve on using inquiry based learning in my classroom.

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I know there are a lot of tricks you can use the Texas instrument calculator for and I know quite a few of them but I am certain that I can improve and learn more.

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Tell me about a lesson that didn't go well and why. How might you improve that lesson?

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During a lesson on identifying angles and measurement of degrees I had the students use pipe cleaners to identify various angles around the classroom. I feel the lesson should have started with questions that promoted the students to think more deeply and encouraged them to work in a team or in pairs. Working with their peers would have allowed them to think through the math problems collaboratively and feel confident with the task at hand.

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I was required to plan a lesson for Pi day that needed to encompass all the 7th grade topics involving circles in a single day. They needed to learn the vocabulary and parts of a circle, to calculate circumference and area, and what pi is and how to use it in one day. The lesson did not go very well because the students did not have enough background knowledge on circles and became very confused. In the future, I would teach the concepts sequentially with the objectives taught at a rate the students can digest.

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Locus. Need to clear the concept first 'then further applications.

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My first science lab was somewhat crazy and un-organized because students were unsure what exactly was expected of them. In the future I will take more time to clearly explain the expectations instead of assuming the students will read the directions on their own. Additionally, I will check for understanding prior to beginning the lab and assign roles such as record keeper, supply person, etc. To maintain greater order during the station rotations.

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Trying to give students to much freedom of choice got out of control next time limit the options.

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Share with me what you think a good piece of mathematics is - something you really like.

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When we facing the problem that hard to solve then make me find the other way to solve it.

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There are multiple ways to look at things - what might make sense to one person may not make sense to another. This gives me a chance to help struggling students look at things in a different way. This is when I find collaboration amazing because other teachers have probably come across similar struggles.

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The manipulative snap cubes are a very good piece of mathematics. Students use these for concept hands on tools to help them visually see the difference between numerical amounts.

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One of my favorite ideas that students of all ages can use comes from the statement "You can never add together things that are different." This statement challenges the students to think of an example where this is not true. Then I ask the students "What is the sum of 2 apples plus 3 oranges?" The students immediately say 5, to which I answer "5 what? That's right, you simply have 2 apples and 3 oranges... But if you convert them to "fruit"... You can say 2 fruit plus 3 fruit are 5 fruit." This idea is applicable for when students need to add fractions and later on in algebra when they are tempted to add 2x^2 plus 3x. It's the reason why we need to "carry" the 1 when we add larger numbers together. It's a beautiful concept that pertains to many areas, and it's an extremely interesting one that motivates students to think.

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Story problems. Which is funny because I hated them when I was younger. Its a matter of kind of dissecting the problem and working it out piece by piece.

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What do you feel is the most effective way to communicate with parents?

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I feel that phone calls, emails, notes home, conferencing and newsletters would be the most effective way to communicate with parents.

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Showing that we as a school are concerned about their child's education.

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What do you have that would enhance our teaching staff?

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I am a team player not afraid to ask for assistance when needed. I am willing to work hard to help any child especially the students that are struggling. I feel I am generous and welcoming which are important qualities that will enhance a faculty.

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I have a creative energy and I am always looking for new ideas that will engage students and I enjoy sharing my ideas with others.

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Friendly, ready to learn and share new ideas.

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Good classroom management.

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How would you challenge the slow learner and the advanced learner within the same class?

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Provide instruction and learning materials on their individual levels. Have them work in collaborative homogenous leveled groups.

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Present work at each of their levels.

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By involving them in group studies and more coaching time.

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Easy answer then build on the answer for advanced.

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Differentiated instruction.

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What kind of students do you like to work with? What type of students could you teach most effectively?

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I like working with students that are basic skills. I believe I can help those students most effectively by providing my support, allowing more time to practice the skill/processes, using different hands on tools, and provide challenging questions to provoke investigation further.

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Ones that are interested in the material.

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All types because each and every type of student is the real challenge.

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Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?

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Again observation , sense of their attitude, listening to how they explain concepts.

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Through discussions, monitoring, exit tickets, show of thumbs up or down.

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What do you like most about teaching math?

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Being a positive role model for kids. You might be the only one they have.

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Sharing knowledge interacting with younger minds.

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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve upon it?

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I try to create engaging activities and at times the pacing of my lesson doesn't allow for all of the activities to be practices as planned.

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Can fall victim to procrastination.

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What makes you unique as a math teacher?

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I am a positive contribution to the enviroment.

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Because you need a dedicated member to your team and not just a staff.

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Give an example of a situation in which you made math exciting for your students.

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I believe you can create lesson that involve healthy competition. In an educational game setting students love to compete amongst each other. Especially, boys against girls.

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Using manipulatives in the classroom gets students more interested and involved. During my student teaching I had the class work in pairs doing a probability experiment with spinners. All 38 students participated because it was more like a game to them than a lesson. I followed up with questions that engaged them and made them think critically and more deeply.

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In a previous work situation, I worked on creating a more positive vocabulary to address work place problems.

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How would you make math class great for a lower-level student who feels bummed about their math ability?

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Help them experience sucess.

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By making him to work on concepts with deep understanding and clear ideas and good tricks.

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Find ways to make them feel stronger with the material. Seek students out for extra help after school or even find ways to call on them when you know they will be able to answer the questions. Put the student with a group of students that are kind and helpful or with a group of students that learn at that students pace.

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What are your most effective teaching strategies?

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Collaborative/ Cooperative learning
Learner centered teaching
Humor in the classroom
set clear expectations.

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Repetitive focused practical individualized.

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Engaging, exploring discovering.

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Collaboration
supportive
Learner centered.

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Interesting, exciting, challenging and fun.

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What three words would your students use to describe you?

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What rules do you have for your classroom?

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We respect others. We make mistakes. We try are best. We use kind words. We work hard. We follow directions. Listen when others are talking. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourselves. Work quietly and do not disturb others. Show respect for school and personal property. Work and play in a safe manner.

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Feed your brain with data as much as you can.

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How do you get students engaged in the problem solving process?

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Build into the lesson authentic materials that would allow for students to relate to the problem and build confidence and curiosity to find the solution to the problem. Interdisciplinary techniques like incorporating books relating to that particular skill or processes.

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Make it relevant to their life.

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By giving them group works and individual. Exercises.

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Showing excitement and passion in the classroom, connecting it their lives, using humor, applying it to the real world, giving them choices.

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Tell me about a lesson that went well and why.

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I had students discover ???

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One with a clear objective.

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Tell me about someone who has influenced your own education and educational career.

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Dawn Hochsprung
Beth Parsons
Dewayne Sullins.

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My third grade teacher Mrs. C. I remember her engaging lessons and I remember how she incorporated authentic material in her lessons, like having up become reports for the news and be video tapped. The second person that was a big influence on my educational career was my principal at BB. She believed in my ability as an educator and encouraged me to work at her school. Because of her, I gained a love for education and being in the classroom. The third person who influenced my career in education is a tie between my two coop teachers and my first field experience observational teacher. All three ladies showed their enthusiasm for teaching and their unselfishness while providing kindness to each and every student they had.

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Ms Delany 6th grade, my parents.

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What are your plans for continuing your professional growth?

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Starting my masters early next year.

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I plan to take courses in Wilson's Fundations, Dibels and various other online educational classes as needed. I plan to attend every teacher PLS and meeting and in service programs provided to me.

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Why did you decide to become a math teacher?

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My favorite teacher was my geometry teacher, Mr. Davidson. He was always voted favorite teacher every year. He was very animated and made math class enjoyable.

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What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?

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In student teaching it was difficult to grasp the idea of not having a reading program. The teachers were allowed to develop their own without having to collaborate with other teachers. It seemed like a mistake with having all the teachers not on the same page with their lessons. It worked out for them in the end somehow.

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The lack of time and the breadth of subject matter needed to be covered. I think the Common Core is a very welcomed change in thinking.

**Math Teacher**Pros

*1.* Seeing those little "aha" moments from students, especially the ones that may struggle more than others. *June 19th, 2014*