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30 Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns

Updated August 21st, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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How did you deal with lazy students?
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I would try to motivate students by finding something that appeals to their personal interests. Setting achievable goals for students to see progress and receive positive reinforcement should encourage them to work harder.
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I would go investigate and see what exactly "lazy" behavior is and determine if there are other factors that I should be aware of before making a plan of action or having a conversation with the student. Then I would try to figure why the student is avoiding the work. After that, I would find some incentive to get the work done or have a conference with parents about sending unfinished work home to be completed.
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How did you deal with lazy students?
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I would try to motivate students by finding something that appeals to their personal interests. Setting achievable goals for students to see progress and receive positive reinforcement should encourage them to work harder.
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I would go investigate and see what exactly "lazy" behavior is and determine if there are other factors that I should be aware of before making a plan of action or having a conversation with the student. Then I would try to figure why the student is avoiding the work. After that, I would find some incentive to get the work done or have a conference with parents about sending unfinished work home to be completed.
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How did you deal with upset parents whose child complained about you?
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I would start by having a conversation with the parents about the problem. I would clarify what it is the child had a problem and I would try to find a different way to interact with the student so that it was positive and constructive. I work from a place of positive intent and I assume others will too.
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Listen and seek their view. Talk through the situation and do what is best for the student.
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What is your greatest strength?
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I lead with my heart keeping the focus on student learning.
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I think my greatest strength is that I work well with both teachers and students.
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My passion and compassion. my belief in the positive in everyone,
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How will you ensure that staff members continue to grow as professionals?
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By following a school improvement plan that includes staff development. Also, by surveys seeking out what staff wants and needs to learn about.
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Attend professional development workshops.
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Most teachers and staff members know what areas they want to grow in and develop. One thing I can do is to make sure that the shared staff professional development times are meaningful to them. The other thing is to make sure staff has time and access to collaborate throughout the year. Collaboration and access to quality Professional development opportunities are also important. I really see myself as a facilitator and guide.
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What is the most rewarding part of being a Principal?
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Watching the growth and development of teachers and students as they learn to become self-aware of their strengths and the challenges they face.
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Making a positive impact on students and all stakeholders throughout the community.
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I love being able to work with both teachers and students to improve education. I think getting to work with student over the course of their time at school and develop those relationships is also why I love the work. I love being a part of a community where my influence can be helpful, calming, supportive and ultimately help students be the best they can be.
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Creating a positive culture and climate to help students' increase there learning abilities.
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Working with students and staff and having influence to create a effective learning community that impacts student success.
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What steps would you take to handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in a classroom?
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Help the team with an individual plan to support the student. Monitor the student using data over time to determine next steps.
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I see behavior problems as an opportunity to teach. Then, if that does not solve the problem I need to find out the function of the behavior. Is the behavior work avoidance, is the student tired at that time of day? Is there a conflict with the teacher, setting, or some other contributing factors that need to be resolved or addressed before the student can be successful. I would also invite the parent to help address the behavior. Most parents would like to know if there is something going on at school.
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I would continuously observe the student to see what is causing the behavior and than develop plan to address the behavior.
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Behavior is a message .. Investigate why the student wasn't engaged. what is the relationship with the teacher and the student and the student and the curriculum. What purpose does the behavioiur serve the student and how can we support the student with teaching more adaptive behaviours also build more of a connection at home and investigate if behaviors are there, what are the parents thinking, are they concerned and build a team of support around the student..
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Do you manage your time well?
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I manage my time very well. I like to be busy throughout the day. The operational demands of a school are a full time job. Safety, supervision of both staff and students- resolving problems all factor into my day as assistant principal. Then there is also writing 504s, managing iep meetings, I live by my calendar but I am responsive to urgent concerns immediately.
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Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
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Principal or possibly a district position.
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What do you think is the most important task of the principal?
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Be the consistent voice of the vision and mission of the school and provide support to staff so they can be the best teachers.
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I think it is important for a Principal is to constantly ask "Is this what is best for students?"
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Do you work well under pressure?
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Yes, I do work well under pressure. That said, I like to do everything I can to be prepared so that I am not creating pressure in my work.
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