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Top 20 Reading Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 22
Why should we hire you?
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"I believe you should hire me because not only do I fit all of the requirements for this position, I also bring the bonus of my specialization as a special needs educator. My work history is strong and I have many great references within the education community. Is there any reason that you would hesitate to hire me, or anything that I can elaborate on?"
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Question 2 of 22
What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?
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"One of the things I do find frustrating as a teacher is when you are making amazing strides with a student but you know that their parents are not giving them the one-on-one time at home in order to keep the momentum going. I have learned that I cannot control what happens with the students outside of the school. So, I have tasked myself with creating such a natural passion for reading in each student that they cannot help but want to continue and grow in their reading journey."
You can answer this truthfully but be aware to not create a negative vibe in the interview. Telling a story and getting upset about it would be the unprofessional thing to do. Remain positive and talk about how it helped you grow as a person and in your career.
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Question 3 of 22
What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
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Question 4 of 22
What specific reading programs would you like to see implemented for struggling readers?
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Question 5 of 22
Why do you want a career as a reading teacher?
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Question 6 of 22
How do you see yourself partnering with teachers?
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Question 7 of 22
As a Reading Teacher, what do you believe is your best asset?
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Question 8 of 22
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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Question 9 of 22
What experience do you have with diverse populations?
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Question 10 of 22
Do you manage your time well?
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Question 11 of 22
Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children and how you handled it.
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Question 12 of 22
What do you see as your role in the educational, social, emotional, and psychological development of students?
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Question 13 of 22
Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
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Question 14 of 22
What is your philosophy on reading?
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Question 15 of 22
What are your career goals?
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Question 16 of 22
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
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Question 17 of 22
What is your greatest strength?
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Question 18 of 22
What do you like most about a teaching career?
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Question 19 of 22
How do your life experiences prepare you for teaching?
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Question 20 of 22
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
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Question 21 of 22
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
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Question 22 of 22
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 1 of 22
Why should we hire you?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I am a passionate teacher who is involved in the lifelong learning of my students. I believe I work well with others and have a good rapport with parents. I pride myself in being flexible and eager to learn and always open to positive, constructive criticism. Although learning is a serious matter, I like to bring to the classroom different methods of learning that student can enjoy so the students want to come back to school the next day.
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I believe I meet the criteria that you are asking for. I am a team player and I am dedicated to helping students learn and advance to the next level.
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I possess the experience, diligence, and determination to make a difference.
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I am a driven and passionate teacher, who will go above and beyond what is required, to make sure all of the students in my classroom succeed academically, behaviorally, and socially.
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Working with children and teaching reading is my passion. Through my experiences I've learned a lot and would love to make a difference in teaching children reading.
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My passion is to work with children and I've found the book literacy term undergraduate at Hofstra and I feel that because of how passionate I am for teaching children how to read that I would really make a big impact.
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I continue to be passionate about what I do. I love teaching children. I really do believe that there is a place for everyone in this world and these children are indeed the future for all of us.
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I will work tirelessly for the students of this community to promote a love of reading and lifelong literacy.
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I am a team player and self-starter. I am resourceful, flexible and creative. I understand the importance of using data to drive instruction and to make student centered decisions.
10.
I am passionate about being a reading teacher based on my experiences in elementary school. I have empathy for the students that can not focus or struggle reading as I was the same way. This gives me a unique outlook that allows me to relate and help the students. I feel that I can truly make a difference in students' reading abilities.
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The reason you should hire me is because I am oriented and motivate and I love working with children.
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I am very skilled in my area and I have a lot of experience as a writing program review manager. I am a very colloborative individual and I am very thorough in any work that I complete. I am a very dedicated individual with an attitude of "If I need a resource and I can't find it, I will create it myself".
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I have extensive experience in reading.
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I have over five years of teaching students in grades first through eighth to become successful readers and writers. I am well versed with the common core and implementing remediation for instruction.
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I have six years of experience with special populations of students and I believe I have a proven track record that shows I can implement new programs and get positive results.
Question 2 of 22
What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?
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The most frustrating thing that happened to me as a teacher was when I am not informed of policies and procedure changes until the very last minute, especially if effects my teaching, and my students.
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I brought in some supplies that I had purchased for a science project, and some of my supplies were missing because one of the students had stolen it, making it more difficult to complete the project.
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The most frustrating thing that has happened to me as a teacher is when I taught a concept and thought that I did a good job with it only to have students bomb the assessment.
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Changing ideas for teaching.
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When parents are not concerned about their child's education. I believe that it's important for parents to assist their child with homework and projects.
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The most stressful thing that happened to was to not be able to meet the needs of my students.
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One day my PreK consultant came in for a visit. Several students acted out because their routine was changed with a visitor in the classroom.
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One of the most frustrating things that I probably teacher is having something talk to you soon and they still just don't understand it but I think that it's important to reflect on what you're doing and to scaffold the students learning and to not give up push them until they do understand.
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Students coming and going within weeks or months when I taught near a military base. I am also frustrated with the light in which education and educators are often cast in the media.
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The most frustrating experience as a teacher is diagnosing a specific struggle a student has with a particular skill after adjusting instructional strategy and approach as well as increasing time, frequency, and intensity of instruction.
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Student askin for a date.
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There is nothing to much that get under my skin I love all children. But some parents on the other hand do when it comes down to the support of some not all.
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While working in my current position, I was handed a child with a severe need of one-on-one assistance. Through thorough RTI and intervention notes and records, I wasn't able to obtain this child the assistance they needed due to funding. I would say that is about the most frustrated I have ever been.
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It was frustrating when the administration refused to acknowledge that they were poorly equipped to handle students' failure to behave appropriately in the classroom.
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The most frustrating thing that has happened to me as a teacher would be feeling that I haven't served a child as adequately as I had hoped.
Question 3 of 22
What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
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I like to use technology when available. I also use hands-on learning, whole group, small group and one on one student learning.
2.
Running records very informative. Experience of p levels, nc levels.
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I use Lexile tests and the NWEA to help guide my instruction throughout the year. This helps me to set up my small reading groups. I also use the PAWS test to look at what areas I need to teach better for the new school year.
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Teacher notes and. Responses.
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One method that I have used in the past is appealing to student interest and showing students how fun learning can be. This include integrating subject areas, incorporating music and educational games into the lesson.
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I have used different district initiative programs. In my own classroom, I have used running records, word decoding lists, sight word recognition, reading and vocabulary assessments.
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Informal and formal assessments would be used. For example, classroom discussions, work samples, one-on-one discussions with students, quizzes, simple rubrics.
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I use a variety of diagnostic, formative, and summative assessments. I have used Fountas and Pinnel products, DRI, Reading inventories, fluency tests, and running records.
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I use a variety of assessment. Specifically baseline assessment, formative assessment such as exit tickets, consistent progress monitoring to see if interventions are effective and summative assessment to understand how proficient at a skill a student has become.
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Method in which I have assess is whole group instructions and small group.
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I have used data analysis with my fourth grade tests each week in order to analyze the areas of weakness and to focus on those standards that needed extra practice.
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I would use informal assessments as well as performance-based assessments to gain an understanding of a student's academic abilities.
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I have used mclass to assess reading as well as quarterly assessments. I also use informal assessments such as observations and running records.
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I utilize both formal assessments and informal assessments such as observations, anecdotal notes, reading records. For formal assessments, I use Tejas Lee, EDL, DRA, TEMI-PM. I also have my own skills checklist that I use for report card and grouping purposes.
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I have used formal and informal methods of assessing students. I progress monitor the children using AIMSweb so I can see how they have improved throughout the year. As an informal assessment, at the end of the period I sometimes ask the students an exit question as a review. I also assess through the use of projects, discussion, and writing tasks.
Question 4 of 22
What specific reading programs would you like to see implemented for struggling readers?
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I would like to have students attend 30 to 45 minutes in a structured online program which addresses phonics, comprehension.
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I believe that a balanced literacy program is essential in a classroom. A program that encomposes reading, writing, listening, speaking and viewing. The literacy program should have 5 main anchors which are-- read aloud, where the teacher can model appropriate skills, fluency, comprehension and accurarcy. The second, guided reading where the teacher can work more closely in a small group setting, focusing on the each invidivudal student and the skills that they need to fo`us on to become more independent efficent readers. Shared reading, where the teacher and student can read together. Conversations can be intitiated, questions can be asked and students can once again, observe the way the teacher reads. The fourth is indpenednt reading- students should choose text or literature that they enjoy and apply the knoweldge that they have learned previously to become more efficent indidpenedn readers. The last anchor in the balanced literacy probram is word study, which I where students learn etters and sounds. I also feel that Fontas and Pinelli is beneficial program. The use of this program gives the teacher the opportunity to work in a small group setting to listen to individual students read. Students are reading from f&P text gradient levels and have the opportunity to read with other students who are on their same reading level.
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I believe Letter Land is a great program that would help, not only struggling readers but all students. Letter Land introduces each letter as a character and develop student skills in phonics. The lessons are interactive and grasps the attention of all students with music and games.
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I would like to see programs like Daily 5.
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Shared reading, where teacher facilitates learning. Paired reading, guided reading.
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Fountas and Pinnell Intervention kits, Reading Recovery.
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I would love to see trained reading dogs come in where as the struggling students will be able to read to them. A computer based program is just strick reading.
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I would like to see more programs that allow struggling readers to build upon their successes. In my previous school, I would notice that the teachers would constantly hold up a site word card for a student and that was it. I find that showing these words and using them in everyday sentences and during any transition is what helps a child to learn to read.
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Fountas and Pinnell Leveled Literacy Intervention and.
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Reading programs that offer explicit reading instruction which is proven to be most effective with at risk learners.
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It depends on the students' needs and what has been previously used with specific students. I know that Dibbles is a program that includes good assessments and books to utilize with students and Reading A-Z has resources for small groups. In Spanish, Estrellita and Esperanza are both excellent resources that have plenty of materials.
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I like the journeys program because it is geared toward different levels. I also enjoy the leveled readers and Reading A-Z because there is so much to choose from and they make it easy to differentiate for all of the children.
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Going back to the basics to get a better foundation for reading.
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I like the Corrective Reading program. I have seen, firsthand, the growth in students who have been using it. It is very regimented, but students learn best when they know the routine and they know what is expected of them.
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The Buddy Reading program and Read and Eat Night.
Question 5 of 22
Why do you want a career as a reading teacher?
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I love children and its amazing when they learn how to read.
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I enjoys working with students with learning needs and have grown a passion for teaching students how to read.
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Reading is one of the areas that children struggle to learn as well as learn to love. I have had great success with building readers who cannot only read well but truly enjoy reading. The pride these children feel when they are able to read for pleasure and read to learn is priceless.
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Because I believe that reading underpins all learning.
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I want a career as a reading teacher because it is my passion. When I taught at Rocky Boy I had extensive training in Reading First. We were taught about phonics, comprehension, how to group students, and Greek and Latin roots. I realized then that I really liked the reading instruction part of my day. Since then I have become a great reading teacher. When Common Core came out I spent endless hours researching lessons to go along with each standard. This year I have spent many hours creating units to go along with the grouping of standards that teachers in our district put together.
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I have a passion to assist students with their reading skills. I love to see students growing and grasping new concepts.
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I want to reach more students that I can build relationships with and make a difference in the long run.
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First of all, I enjoy teaching any subject area. I love teaching in general. I would love to teach reading because it can be a struggle for some students. I want to encourage those students and help them develop a love for learning, while also challenging more advanced readers.
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It is my calling, and I do it very well.
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I enjoy watching our most struggling readers make progress. I enjoy the puzzle that each student I serve offers me and learning how children develop reading skills. I enjoy supporting classroom teachers in their efforts to support students in reading.
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The reason I would like a career as a reading teacher for one I love to read and most important I would like to help the students make a difference especially struggling students,
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I have my masters in special education and have always placed my ultimate goal as a being a teacher that assists other educators within their classroom to increase the learning of maybe one or two students that might be struggling. I find it truly rewarding to meet the needs of a child who say is in fourth grade and couldn't read when they began with me. By the end of the year, if they are reading, I find this to be the most satisfying part of my job.
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I am an experienced reading teacher and am able to teach students the skills and strategies to become successful readers.
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I thoroughly enjoy teaching reading to students, and have found a special love in working with the struggling readers. I want to see those students succeed.
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I feel that I have the necessary skills and the passion to teach students to read. I am the type of person that will be persistent and resourceful in finding resources for students who have not responded to anything previously used. I have many years of experience teaching using different district and personal resources. I also see the need in our school and if I can be of service, I will not give my back to it, I will make sure I can be of service to our students.
Question 6 of 22
How do you see yourself partnering with teachers?
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I see myself partnering with the other teachers by attending their planning periods. At these meetings we can discuss the 3 tier students that need the most help with reading and what are their deficiencies. Together we can come up with a plan for intervention that would best assist the student. I would also assist the teachers with resources.
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I have always had a firm belief that two minds are better than one. I think it is important to work well with other teachers in order to better benefit the students. I have met many amazing mentors and friends who have helped guide me and shape me into the person that I have become today.
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I work well with my staff members. I am a team player and am dedicated to teaching successfully with my teammates.
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I work welll with other teachers. I enjoy collaborating with teachers on my team about new ideas and fun lessons for the students.
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I love to work with teachers who are team players like me. I would like to delegate responsibility and accomplish success at a larger scale. I would like my team to understand the big picture.
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Working in PreK, I have always worked with someone else. We co-teach, collaborate, make suggestions, and give opinions, which I find very helpful. I feel that I would work well with other teachers.
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Collaborating with teachers regularly about both curriculum and particular students' needs.
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Me personally I would love to co-teacher with other teachers. I am a team player.
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I am a person that loves to collaborate and work with others to make their teaching and my own better. I am very excited to share my ideas when it comes to something new that I have found or created.
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I feel like collaboration is key to helping students succeed and in this position it is pertinent to share and get ideas from others around me.
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As a reading teacher, I see myself as a resource for teachers in finding ideas they can use in the classroom to help struggling readers. I will definitely keep an open communication as often as necessary. Classroom teachers spend all school day long with these students and may have more insight into their learning styles than I will in the brief time that I will work with them. I definitely want to partner up with them in brainstorming ideas that may work for these kiddos.
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I love working with others. I feel that I am able to contribute a lot of good ideas, but I also love incorporating other peoples' ideas as well.
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Excellent. Collaboration of ideas and team teaching are wonderful ways to get information across.
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Develop reading assignments that will assist in their subject area.
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Sharing data and progress on assignments, sharing resources.
Question 7 of 22
As a Reading Teacher, what do you believe is your best asset?
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My best asset as a Reading Teacher is my resource research. I am constantly searching for the best practices to teach children how to read.
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I believe my best asset as a reading teacher would be to be able to reach students with a language barrier and provide ways to help them be successful in language acquisition.
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Love care that I have for the children.
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Being efficient at finding various resources and being organized with my time. I believe it is important to be creative and resourceful because when plan A, B, or C haven't worked for a student, then you have to find a new plan that will work.
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My love of stories and story telling.
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My communication skills are my best asset. I feel comfortable and confident whether speaking or writing to an audience of teachers, students, parents and administrators.
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The experience with lots of different reading programs.
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I believe that my best asset is my ability to be patient. It is necessary for a reading teacher to be able to be calm, focused, and supportive of the student. Learning to read and write can be very frustrating for some children and the more patient that the teacher is the easier the process can be.
Question 8 of 22
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
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I thrive in almost any type of environment, however, the environment I prefer is one that involves all as a team, with input from all, that empowers the teachers and administration to do what is best for the students. A well organized structured with specific goals is also one that I thrive in.
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One that is growing and I can grow with.
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I thrive in work environments that are challenging and purposeful.
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I thrive when I am busy. I don't do well sitting around. I am my best when I am working constantly and getting things done.
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I thrive in an environment that acts as a community of learners, who work together to achieve the goals of all.
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A friendly and comfortable one.
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I thrive in an upbeat and positive environment that encourages others and works together for the better of the students.
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The work environment that I thrive in would be one that I am being challenged on a daily basis.
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One in which I can be valued and respected, and I know that is something that I will have to earn.
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Being around interesting books.
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I thrive in an environment where I have some degree of control over my work space and my lessons, but where open communication and mutual respect exist.
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I thrive in a work environment that is positive, as well as one where my colleagues are always striving to better themselves by obtaining professional development and lifelong learning opportunities.
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I thrive in a positive work environment. If people are positive and enthusiastic about what they are doing, it is going to be more fun and I am more willing to work harder.
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I thrive in a working environment in which administrators and peers are supportive of each other. I aim to work in a school where the environment is filled with positivity.
Question 9 of 22
What experience do you have with diverse populations?
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I have experienced diverse populations from the beginning of my career. I have always worked where the students come from a low social economic environment.
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I have experience teaching bilingual and first year immigrant students.
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I have taught reading in some very large and diverse school districts in MN and IL. In contrast, I have taught in some very small schools in KS and OK. I am well versed in working with diverse populations and honoring and celebrating all those cultures in the classroom.
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Experience I have with diverse populations is that I was raise in it, Therefore, I really understand it.
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I have worked with an ESL coteacher for the last 3 years. My classroom has been made up of mainly students with Spanish as their first language.
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I have worked in different schools with different populations. I started off in a Title 1 school with bilingual students and I am currently at a school that isn't Title 1 with all English speakers. I adapt easily and enjoy working with a variety of people.
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I've worked with students of different ethnic backgrounds. Students have spoken different languages.
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I have taught students with autism, students from other countries who have language barriers, students from troubled homes, and students who have little to no desire to be taught, just to name a few.
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I have worked in rural and urban settings, as well as a center-based school with students with severe disabilities. There have been students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds, such as African American, Indian, Hispanic, Asian, and those with exceptionalities, as well as gifted learners.
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Well, I subbed in Albany for two years and have had students from many backgrounds and ethnicity. I have also worked in a classroom this year as a TA with students who have learning disabilities and other classification, along with gifted students.
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After graduating from undergrad I worked in Washington DC at a pre school for homeless children. The population was 100% African American, I was the only Caucasian person in the building. This was my favorite teaching experience of them all.
Question 10 of 22
Do you manage your time well?
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Organization is key in my everyday life and at work. Yes, I believe I manage my time well by having lesson plans ready in a timely matter and keeping to my schedule as closely as possible.
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Yes, I manage my time very well and efficiently.
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I have some flaws when it come to time management. I could really work on it more.
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Absolutely, time and structure are very important to me as a classroom teacher.
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Yes, down to the seconds. As a teacher, you have a responsibility to follow a planned schedule so that you can maximize instruction. I know that I cannot cover all that needs to be covered and to the extent that it needs to be taught, if I linger or fall behind with one activity, then the rest of the subjects will be covered sufficiently. I also need to make sure to get my students everywhere else on time such as lunch, library, dismissal, etc.
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I allot the correct amount of time per subject to meet the standard needs for each subject.
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Yes. In this type of position, time management is key.
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Time management is key in many aspects of life. I learned the importance of time management when I was a mother, paraprofessional, college student, and student teacher. I believe I manage my time very well. I try to always be early, and not to procrastinate on tasks.
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Oh yes, that is one of my best strengths. I am always well prepared and make sure that I have enough or more than enough to do in my time of teaching. Unstructured time can lead to behaviors.
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I feel that I strongly manage my time well. I will make sacrifices in order to accomplish a task or goal at hand including staying late or coming in early to the classroom.
Question 11 of 22
Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children and how you handled it.
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My most challenging experience working with children has been the time when I was an interim teacher that took the class over in the middle of the school year. I had to start as if it were August to introduce my rules, policies and procedures. As a result, I do just that by posting the rules, and enforcing them daily. Discussed expectations with the students and practiced those expectations, by lining up in an orderly manner, sitting in an orderly manner, raising their hands when they wanted to speak, basically I started from scratch on the basic classroom management procedures before I could get to teaching. It took a few weeks, but it was accomplished and the students, kindergarten students, had a productive year from that time on.
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One of the most challenging experiences while working with children was when a student was threatening to harm himself in the classroom. I proceeded to evacuate the other students until the challenging student's aggression subsided. I had to call for administrative support.
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To me personally working the children are challenging experience. However, it is a challenge I am willing to take. I can and will make a difference in each child life no matter whom.
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I think my most challenging experience working with children was when I was given a class made up of 5 EC students, 10 ESL students, and most of these students were the lowest on the grade level. I handled it by pushing myself even harder to prove that I could do this and they could be successful.
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As a Spanish Immersion teacher, the toughest experience has been working in a program that doesn't have a structure in place. This year, we have been receiving the help of our ESL coordinator who is making our voices heard. We are working together to create a framework for this program and to find ways to make it more successful.
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Students who would talk after I had warned them and act out being loud. I made him write vocabulary words and definitions to the book Hatchet by Gary paulsen which we had been reading.
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Classroom noise and students not on task - redirect the students and lower my voice that forces the students to be attentive.
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One of the most challenging experiences I had was when I was a paraprofessional and my one-on-one student, who was emotionally impaired, was telling me about a situation that took place at home that was quite disturbing. As a mandated reporter, there was no question in my mind as to what I should do with the information. I called Child Protective Services and reported the incident he told me about. The caseworker came to the school and talked to both of us. That was not the only time that I ended up contacting them about situations involving my student.
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As a TA I had a student who would be defient when it came to doing work that was too difficult. I would ask this student if he would like some help and then proceed to help me. Feeling embarrassed this student would lash out at me and tell me he didn't need help. I would walk away and wait until he was ready for my help.
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I had a student that had a sever behavioral problem. I began working on the issue by discussing the situation with the parent. She too had observed behavioral problems at home and was not able to help the child. We began by evaluating the child in determining what the triggers were that caused the emotional outbursts. We then developed a plan as to how we would assist the child with working through the problems. If a situation escalated in which any of the other students became endangered we removed the child or the class from the harmful situation. Unfortunately we were not able to solve the problem but we did our very best to help the child learn how to deal with anger and frustration.
Question 12 of 22
What do you see as your role in the educational, social, emotional, and psychological development of students?
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I believe I am their role model. The students are with me a great deal of the time, as a result, I must show them how to respectful, how to learn, how to work with others and becoming lifelong learners. By being passionate about what I do, I believe the students realize that I believe in what I do. Also, by taking a human interest in them individually, they also realize I am there not only as their teacher, but as a confidant, and mentor.
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My role in a student's life is to be a mentor and build future productive citizens.
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I can see myself in all areas with the student enforcing each skill in which ever department.
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I think my role goes beyond just being a classroom teacher. We are here to offer guidance to our students to show them positive behaviors and actions, and how to deal with problems that may arise.
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Teachers have to wear different hats. Children cannot easily learn if their basic needs aren't met. If I want my students to be successful, I have to make sure that I give them enough of my help in their emotional or social development so that they can focus on their academics.
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I feel like I am someone they can come to when they have a problem.
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A stable persdon that students can rely on.
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My role is to help students be confident, capable and contributing members of society.
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All of these areas are of utmost importance. In my role as an educator, it is important that I seek to create a safe learning environment, as well as allowing students to trust that they can come to me, in confidence, with any issues that they need to talk about.
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As an educator it is my job to help the students succeed in all aspects. Educational- give them engaging lessons that help them strengthen as a learning. Social- giving the students an opportunity to learn while work with peers. Emotional- be there for a student when they are having a hard day, show them that you care and want to help them. Psychological- Discuss strategies to help them in any way possible.
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I believe that teachers are just as important as parents in the educational, social, emotional, and psychological development of students. We are responsible for building up and or breaking down a student. Which is why it is imperative to treat each student fairly and with dignity.
Question 13 of 22
Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
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Ten years from now, I would like to be the head of reading curriculum at an elementary school.
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In ten years, I see myself working with students. I love what I do.
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Ten years from now I would be able to see myself as a successful teacher and furthering my career in school.
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I still see myself working in education. I maybe eventually would like to seek a position in curriculum planning. I see a need sometimes for some fresh ideas and better resources for us busy teachers. I feel like I can definitely help out in that department.
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In ten years I would like to have a Master's degree.
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I hope to see myself as a reading teacher in your school district.
Question 14 of 22
What is your philosophy on reading?
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Reading is the key to the world around us. It should be educational, enjoyable, and energizing. Without the capacity to read, the world can be frightening, and very small. Reading is the fundamental subject for all subjects, it opens the our horizons to math, science, art. Reading is fun!
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Reading is the window to all learning and thinking.
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Reading should be learned at the child's pace, within reason, so that the child doesn't associate a frustration for reading. Student's should learn letter sounds, blending, and sounding out words, while also learning sight words.
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My philosophy in the elementary grades is to develop good readers who interact with text to comprehend deeply and make many connections to text. My students become lifelong readers due to the passion I work to instill for reading a variety of genres for many different purposes.
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My philosophy on reading is that it can be done no who/whom it is.
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REading is the foundation for our entire country. Reading is important for everyday life skills and is a huge part of a child's success in education. I know this as I worked in fourth grade for six years and each year I would find two to three students who had no ability to read a sentence.
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My philosophy on reading is that reading instruction should be balanced with reading, writing, speaking and listening activities.
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I believe reading is the foundation for all learning. Reading needs to be taught explicitly, systematically, and consistently. The goal for reading is to become fluent enough to focus on comprehension and utilizing reading as a vehicle for learning new things.
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The more you read the more you learn the smarter you get.
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Reading should be fun while learning.
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Being a good reader is vital to being a good student. Reading is required across all subject areas, and the more adept your reading skills, the more successful a student you will be.
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Reading is fundamental and all students should have the opportunity to learn how to read in whatever way best fits their individual learning needs.
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My philosopy on reading is that it is not what you read, it is how you read. It is important to find that genre that interests you, but it is also important to read in a way that helps you understand what you are reading. For example, I am a slow reader. It may take me longer to read a chapter, but I read at a pace that works for me and keeps me focused on what I am reading.
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I believe that reading is a key skill needed in order for one to be successful in life. It is needed for most basic functions. Those that are able to read are able to participate and excel in society.
Question 15 of 22
What are your career goals?
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As of today, I would like to continue being a reading intervention and within next two years pursue a Master Degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Reading.
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To become a classroom teacher in this district.
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To be in a specific role where I can excell.
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My long term career goal is to advocate for student needs and promote academic expectations.
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My career goals are becoming an awesome teacher and further my education.
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Eventually my dream job would be to work with new teachers in the capacity of going into their rooms and helping them become successful teachers by addressing any problems that they may have.
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I have a passion for working with children so I want to continue in a child related career. I do want to improve my skills and become better at my job so I will find post graduate courses to take so that I can continue furthering my education and being able to help out my students more.
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To work my way through until I can teach in a libray.
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My long term career goal is to pursue my Master's degree. My short term career goal is to obtain a teaching position and put my love of learning to good use by being a lifelong learner to be able to be the best teacher I can be.
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My goal is to become the best teacher I can be. I hope to improve every year and be able to be successful by learning new ideas and ways of teaching that will benefit each student. As I say, teaching is learning, we learning everyday and with practice I will become that teacher I want to be.
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My career goal is to become a reading teacher. I discovered that this is what I wanted to do during my literacy practicum. Of all my teaching observations and positions I enjoyed shadowing the reading teacher the most.
Question 16 of 22
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
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I have a student who does not follow directions and tends to leave our class without permission. This student puts himself in an unsafe situation. I have to make decisions throughout the day and make sure that I will not trigger any impulsive actions.
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Transition during subjects. Which went very smooth. When.
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As a teacher, you always plan ahead of time but very often, find yourself in situations in which quick thinking is necessary.
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I had a student with autism who tried to run off when I worked at the center-based school. I had to basically become a human barricade so that he could not get away. I had to keep my composure to not let him see my fear, and I just redirected him.
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As a teacher you have to make quick decisions every minute of the day. For example, a child with a temper picks up a chair. Quickly you have to decide, is this child angry, is he going to hurt someone, is he going to use the chair as a step ladder in order to get something out of reach? In order to prevent someone getting hurt you have to evaluate the situation quickly without making a harsh decision that could undermine the student. This situation can be quickly resolved by asking the child if he needs help with something. The student with the chair then identifies what his intentions are with the chair and allows you the opportunity to interfere if necessary.
Question 17 of 22
What is your greatest strength?
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My greatest strength is my passion for what I am doing, whether it be playing tennis or teaching students, I give it my all. 110%
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My greatest strength is relationships.
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My greatest strength is my knowledge and passion for literacy.
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My greatest is strength is the love I have for the children and see them succeed in life.
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My greatest strength is organization and planning. I am very OCD about my lessons and enjoy creating lessons that are organized and meet the needs of my learners.
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My greatest strength would be my organizational skills.
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I feel that my organization and planning skills are my best strengths. Also, my resourcefulness and self motivation. I am the type of person that does not rely on someone else to do my job, I am responsible and know that I have to work hard for my students.
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Ability to connect with students.
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Kindness and allowing their student to explain their point of view.
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I am patient and I care deeply about helping students.
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My greatest strength is that I am very empathetic and compassionate. I care deeply for others and will do everything in my power to help them be the best possible version of themselves that they can be. I will support and encourage them every step of the way.
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My greatest strength would have to be my organization and time management. I am always well prepared for anything I am doing and I make sure that I have enough activities for the amount of time needed. For instance if I have a 30 minute reading group I would be sure to have 15 mins worth of reading instruction and 15 mins for word work or vocabulary building.
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My greatest strength would be organization in the work place and in my personal life.
Question 18 of 22
What do you like most about a teaching career?
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What I like the most about my teaching career is how rewarding it is to see a student's progress and success.
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I love making a difference in a child life and I love teaching it always been a childhood dream of mines.
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Working with the students.
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Being able to work with students. It is rewarding, especially when you see the little twinkle in their eye when they finally understand something being taught. Teaching also in turn, teaches me. I have learned so much through teaching my students since it is not a monotonous job and we are always kept on our toes and always trying to find new ideas and resources.
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The fact that I can touch lives. Make lots of friends and memories.
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I like the enthusiasm and innocence with which young students view the world. I like to see students marvel at what they've learned and accomplished.
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Teaching comes from the heart. I like that I can be a teacher that truly puts students' needs first. As a student-centered teacher, I will make it my mission that my students try to be the best version of themselves that they can be!
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The reward of seeing the students succeed. I like the " light bulb moment" when a student struggles on a task and eventually gets it. It is such a great feeling to see a child smile because they understand.
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I find that teaching is a very rewarding career. Most careers can be rewarded but to see the growth in a child because of what you have done to help them is the most rewarding thing of all.
Question 19 of 22
How do your life experiences prepare you for teaching?
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Life experiences show you what is appropriate and correct behavior.
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As a product of the corporate world, my experiences have prepared me to be flexible, because in the corporate world policies and procedures are constantly changing. Also, working in the corporate world, I have met, and worked with a diverse workforce which helps with the diverse students I now teach. Quality and quantity is very important in the corporate work, as a result, I strived for the best product then, as I do now with turning out the best lifelong learners in my students.
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I was an ESL student learning the English language and trying to learn the culture. It was difficult but not impossible for me to hope for a better future. My morals and convictions helped me persevere.
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Well when I was a little girl I always played school with my neighbors children. Became and Adult an went to college for it.
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Having children helps me to relate to the students.
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By internalizing your own way of learning. Understanding your own struggles and ways of overcoming them helps in teaching students to understand the process of learning.
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I have raised 3 amazing successful children. That says it all!
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My experiences as a student, a parent and an employee at a myriad of places have afforded me a view of the world that has helped prepare me for teaching.
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I have had many life experiences that have prepared me for teaching. I have three children, I have worked in childcare occupations for the majority of my lifetime, as I began babysitting for others' children at the age of 11. I worked at a daycare/preschool center, as well as doing paraprofessional work and substitute teaching at Caro Community Schools.
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Growing up with a learning disability I have been on the child's side. I know how the struggling reader and student is feeling everyday, not getting it the concept, needing repetition daily. It is annoying to deal with, but with great teachers you come away from those struggles. Also, having a busy schedule, doing sports and other after school activities all while getting homework done. Teachers juggle many plates daily and being a student athlete has shown that I can take on those many plates and succeed.
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I truly feel that having my daughter was the most influential experience in guiding me to the field of teaching. I taught previously for five years before having my child and I always felt like I was missing a key piece of training or an experience that I needed to be really qualified for such an important position. After having my daughter I felt that piece was completed.
Question 20 of 22
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
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Yes, I have been overloaded with work. I was given extra duties when the other reading interventionist left our campus.
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I have been overloaded with work. Some of my coworkers have had emergencies and difficult personal situations. Our team has had to work together to help things run smoothly.
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All the time. Teaching isn't just about standing in front of the classroom to teach students. You also have plenty of paperwork, meetings, staff development, grades, etc. You just have to get up and deal with it, tackle it one bite at a time until all is done.
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Yes, I have been overloaded with work as a teacher, student, parent, and in the myriad of positions I have held as an adult.
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Oh yes! In college there were plenty of times when the work load was extreme, but with good time management skills, I was able to get through it.
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Yes, I feel that I have been overloaded with work. However, I do my best to delegate my time and achieve the goals that I set forth for myself.
Question 21 of 22
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
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The three words I would use to describe myself is: passionate, trustworthy and sincere.
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Driven. Professional. Caring.
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Patient, loving, and team play.
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Resourceful, organized, and responsible.
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Patient, calm and confident.
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I would use the words patient, caring, and compassionate.
Question 22 of 22
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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My greatest weakness is that I am a workaholic.
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Time management.. What I am doing about it I am working on and take extra classes to assist me also.
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I think my greatest weakness is being too hard on myself. I'm trying to improve it by putting myself out there and believing that I can do it.
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I feel that I am a very shy person. It has been a struggle to come out of my shell. Growing up speaking a different language especially, made me be a quiet and introverted person. Teaching of course, has helped out a great deal in opening me up and making me more social. I have to deal not just with students but with parents, coworkers, and administrators.
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Following through with punishments, I am taking away center time, Having the children write emails to their parents from my computer when they act up. Making them write lots of definitions.
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My greatest weakness is my tendency to have spotty communication with my parents. As the year progresses and I fully concentrate on working with my students, I often lose sight of keeping parents in the loop (unless there is a big issue with their child).
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My greatest weakness is that I get deeply invested in the lives of those I care about. It can be difficult for me to come home and not worry about my students and what is going on in their lives. I must try to find a way to be able to be okay with the fact that as long as I am doing my very best at school to provide them with a safe place to learn, resources to help them and their families, a caring smile and a listening ear, that there is not much I can do when they are home. I must try to let it go when I come into the presence of my own family so that I can be the best wife and mother that I can be to them.
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Being assertive. As a TA I have come out of my shell a bit. I have a hard time sharing my skills or ideas, because I feel as if I will be stepping on the teacher's shows. I overcame this fear by coming up with an idea that would help one of the struggling students with a math concept. The teacher loved the idea and it worked well. As a reading teacher I would continue to improve by coming out of my shell and sharing my own skills and ideas with the classroom teachers that I would be working with.
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My greatest weakness is my struggle with not taking my struggles home with me at the end of the day. Instead of trying to completely block out my students when I get home I try to spend thirty minutes after I get home to reflect on the day and make a plan for the next one. I think that my struggle with taking home the day is a good struggle, it shows my dedication to the field and my true ability to care about what I do.

About Reading Teacher

May 15th, 2017

Reading teachers are teachers who specialize in reading and literacy. Reading teachers who work with elementary students focus on introducing them to the basics of reading. Those who work with older students encourage them to read more advanced work.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum qualification required for anyone wishing to pursue a career as a reading teacher. Reading teachers are genuinely interested in working with students and helping to improve their reading and literacy.
When you go for your reading teacher interview, the interviewing panel will ask you questions to determine your career interests and goals. Do you genuinely love working with young students? Do you have any experience teaching, tutoring or working with younger children? What are the techniques you would use to help students improve their reading and literacy? How would you handle students who have mental limitations or literacy disorders? Chack out more questions at mock interview questions so you can be better prepared to give compelling answers that demonstrate your proficiency in this field.

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