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Social Studies Teacher Interview Questions
1. How do you keep your political views out of your teaching?
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Middle school teachers educate students, most of whom are in sixth through eighth grades. They help students build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary school and prepare them for the more difficult lessons they will learn in high school.
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Social Studies Teacher Interview Questions
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Describe one of the most successful lessons you have taught in a class. Explain why it worked so well.
 
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About how the government operates it worked so well because it was hands on.
 
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In my first day at pv we did an actual easter egg hunt to explain how imperialism worked and to transition to how america became a world power in the early 1900s. The students didn't know who I was, what to expect, etc and my goal was to make them feel comfortable in class, have fun, while also doing an activity that would stick with them throughout the unit as we would be using it often. I allowed the students, just like an imperialist country, to work either individually or as groups to obtain as many easter eggs as possible before the scramble began. At the conclusion of the activity we tallied the scores and announced winners, we then discussed how the easter hunt is similar to imperialism which is when a stronger nation takes over a weaker nation for political, economic, or military reasons. All throughout the unit students fully understood how it related to imperialism and how america became a world power through imperializing weaker nations. It stuck with them even after doing two more units as well.
 
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Senator project. Students were eager to take ownership of the activity.
 
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A team teaching lesson in which we performed mock supreme court hearings. Students were broken into groups in order to argue one of 2 sides of an issue or be on the supreme court. Students then presented arguments with the justices asking questions about the arguments. I felt it was so successful because the lesson was different from many classroom activities and had great participation but it was also able to be differentiated with 2 teachers team teaching the lesson and providing multiple ways for students to show their understanding of the content.
 
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One of the most successful lessons I taught was during my time at Westchester Middle School during my student teaching assignment. We were covering the Illinois State Constitution, and we were specifically talking about the Executive Branch. I wanted to compose a lesson that would make understanding and memorizing these officers and their powers creative, fun, and easily memorizable. Prior to composing the unit I had asked my class about what they were interested in outside of school, many of which, boys and girls stated that they were interested in super hero movies and comics. I used this to create a lesson that required groups of 4 to 5 students, modified of course for skill-sets, social dynamics, and emotional needs to create a superhero that demonstrated the powers of that particular assigned position. An example was the Governator, he/she could sign or veto bills with her lightning rod pen! The kids loved it, and they stated that making those posters made remembering the Executive Branch on the test very simple.
 
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How would your students describe you as a teacher?
 
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I my students describe me as their friend as well as their mother.
 
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Teaching technic, interaction among the students.
 
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As a teacher who focuses on student success.
 
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Funny. Smart. Energetic. Kids generally think I am "way nicer than Mr. So-And-So". I try to discourage that but I hear it a lot.
 
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I would say my students describe me as a teacher that is passionate, compassionate, and rigorous. Many of them have told me that I make lessons relatable and engaging, all the while making the assessments connected to them difficult to ensure that they understand the importance of the topic all the more. Many of my students, especially during my time at LTHS, have thanked me for my lessons, saying that most teachers never attempted to make history something that was worthy of knowing,.. For I always go above and beyond to find something about a certain history that would be important or interesting to most of my students.
 
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How do you handle stressful situations?
 
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Head on. I first identify the source of the stress, determine whether or not I can do anything to eliminate or lessen the source of the stress, and then act accordingly. If there is nothing I can to about the stress at the time being, I will focus on an activity or idea that can act as a release mechanism for that stress that allows me to carry on with my responsibilities and life normally.
 
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I pray, change my thinking and sometimes I walk.
 
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I handle them mostly pretty well, stress is all around us and how we react to it determines how we will progress. Keeping it under control and now allowing it to consume you is the toughest part and is something I have struggled with before. If there are hard deadlines and multiple things that are just thrown at me it takes me some time to focus and strategize a plan to accomplish all the different tasks.
 
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Take a deep breath. Find ways to decompress.
 
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I try to frame the situation as objectively as possible, without emotional or intellectual bias, before I examine my role in a given situation and consider my options.
 
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Describe your teaching style.
 
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I have a hybrid that includes early on direct instruction from a personal model perspective. In the beginning of the year I lead by example. I demonstrate to the students the procedures required to be successful in class. As the year, passes I begin to add more inquiry based learnijng stragaties where the student can explore and activilty participate in the learning process. I also like to add cooperative learning strategies where students with work together in the learning process on special projects. One example of the last two learning styles would be to research, create, and write a historical monograph and have it printed.
 
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Modeling and scaffolding.
 
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My teaching style is that anyone can learn everything. That you are never too old, dumb, athletic, popular, or outdoorsy to learn something new. I also work on trying to make everything relatable to their lives. Because if you can't relate the subject to their everyday lives what is the point of them retaining the information.
 
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My way of teaching is using powerpoint presentation an activity based learning and also I want my students my understand the concept from their heart so that they will never forget it.
 
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First I give the exercise for the relative topic then explain the the content. The student also interact the classroom activity.
 
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What are your career goals as a teacher?
 
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Ultimately, I would like to prepare teachers for the field of education.
 
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To become a good teacher.
 
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To make my students self reliant and discover their possibilties to serve the community.
 
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My goal is I want to become a good teacher and also I want to be a continuous learner to love teaching.
 
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To develop student learning in order to make learning fun. Engage students daily about the lesson plan. Make the lesson plan pertinent in the everyday lives of students.
 
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Why do you believe Social Studies is a valuable subject that every student needs to learn?
 
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History has shaped the world. We learn from out mistakes. By learning the foundations of society students will get a better understanding of where we came from and how we have evolved through out time.
 
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Because social studies create an awareness about the planet we live in and also the incidents inventions etc so I want every students to like and love social studies as their favorite subject.
 
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It gives us the political administrative tackties.
 
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I believe that social studies teaches students a foundation in culture, econonmics, politics and overall social skills.
 
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Its our history it is our lives.
 
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If you could only teach one topic out of social studies, what would it be?
 
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If I could teach one subject I would teach economics.
 
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To get a awarness for the student.
 
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If I could teach only one subject, I would teach psychology, history, economics or sociology.
 
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Satyagraghand non violence.
 
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Why do you want to be an educator?
 
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To help student s reach their potential.
 
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I enjoy being a parent and teaching is part of that on a more professional level.
 
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I want to make the same impact my educators had on me.
 
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I want to make a different in someone's life by teaching and sharing tools and strategies to succeed in life.
 
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Through education we can share our knowledge.
 
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Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?
 
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Give student time to reflect on what they have learned and brainstorming. discuss material learned in group.
 
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I assess student learning by participation, question and answers, portfolios, observations, group projects, and presentations.
 
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Open discussion, project interpretations, games to help them learn, movies to show era.
 
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Informal assessments such as discussions or homeworks.
 
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Classroom behavior, leadership, and citizenship. I would like my students voluenteer for community organizations. Become mentors to younger students, and tutors.
 
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How do you make the curriculum relevant to the lives of your students?
 
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Keeping the lessons meaningful and relevant to their lives, and always connecting thematerial so they are able to use the skills and knowledge they learn in class in their real lives.
 
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It is easy when your subject is the world. I tell my students to look in their everyday lives and see the connections that can be made from what they learned in class that day.
 
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I provide life lessons using concepts that kids can relate to such as cartoons, sports teams and even old games and stories from when I was a child.
 
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I encourage students to always make the right choice.
 
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I compare and contrast past history with current history, making sure they understand when people do make mistakes over time, there could be serious future consequences.
 
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In what ways do you encourage creativity in your classroom?
 
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I encourage creativity by giving my students a choice in the way they can create a project. Or a choice in group work and what role they can play.
 
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Give students a chance to discuss ideas ask questions with options to choose.
 
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I encourage creativity in the classroom by teaching students new information or allowing them to find information on their and recreating the info or finding alternate solutions.
 
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I really like to do warm up questions periodically that allow the students to think about their own life experiences then connect them to the idea of what we will be learning that day. I think it gets them cognitively thinking about what theyll learn while allowing them to think about something outside the usual conversation in class. I have also wanted to try a web quest activity that allows the students to choose their activity based on what they like to do. I think it would allow them to be more comfortable and be more creative in meeting the objectives of the activity.
 
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Group discussion, debate.
 
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Tell me how you develop your daily lesson plan and what do you include?
 
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I include revision of previous day and reading and questions while preparing lp.
 
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Attention Getters, Goals and objectives and additional activities options if I have additional time.
 
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I am develop my lesson plan in the basis of children's psychology.
 
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I go through the lesson and take the notes in my mind. Then explained the outer knowledge of related topic, get the awarness.
 
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Include the part of lesson to be taught and teaching aids.
 
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Why do you want to work at this school?
 
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This school is diverse. I believe I can make a difference.
 
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I researched the school prior to submitting my resume and I immediately noticed that you focus on exellence for every student every day and that means students are familiar with having high expectations set by the school. That is my style.
 
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I want to be connected to children which makes me full fill as their new ideas and creativity makes me happy as well as boost me.
 
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How would your former employer describe you?
 
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The faculty and staff at Bishop DuBourg High School would describe me as friendly, professional, dedicated, optimistic, and hardworking.
 
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Hard working, dedicated to their job, strong role model for their peers, selfless of himself, reliable, dependable, man of integrity, funny, pleasure to work with.
 
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Smart, funny, incisive, and good with people. A capable planner. Well-organized. Extremely well-mannered.
 
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My former employers would describe me as dedicated, hard-working, and passionate.
 
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A person who works well with others and has a respect for the kids but also has a no nonsense approach when handling difficulty.
 
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How do you encourage teamwork among your students?
 
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Grading group for years work.
 
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Inquiry based instruction.
 
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Group work is something I am very fond of, one of the ways I like to do group work is by assigning roles to people within the group such as the writer, the speaker, etc. Each person in the group should contribute. For example we did a foreign policy group activity where students were assigned an imperialized country. After reviewing the background and jotting down notes they met with other members of their group from the other countries to share their responses, this allowed each member to contribute to the learning environment of the group while also keeping everyone involved. They then would give their responses as groups to the class to see if everyone had the same responses.
 
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I encourage group work through group and self-assessments. Students will not only provide an overall rating for their group, but will also assess their own efforts.
 
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I like to organize students into mixed groups in class (brain trusts, think tanks) and provide opportunities for them to work together on in class projects and presentations; more or less electing their own officers and allowing them to manage themselves as much as humanly possible.
 
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Tell me about the most challenging student you've taught so far.
 
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Not getting an interview in Bemidji for social studies position after teaching 4 years in sped.
 
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Getting the opportunity to showcase my skills.
 
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I have to honestly that every student presents a different challenge in some respect or another. Sergio was probably my toughest. His 2 brothers were gang members. One is out on parole and the other is in jail for felony assault. His real dad was an alcoholic who occasionally beat his mom. He flunked 6 grade last year & was in for the second time. He seemed lost. Sergio was disruptive in class & put forth minimal effort in math class. I had tried one on one teacher & peer mentoring etc had conversations with Sergio mom.
 
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When I was teaching in drs international there was a student with learning difficulty . Here it was hard for me to understand the child first then after meeting their parents I understood that the child is having aproblem then I started taking a special care and spent extra time with him to make him understand what he is doing.
 
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Students behavior, but it is important to follow classroom management rules.
 
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How do you deal with difficult parents?
 
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By letting them know their child difficulties and calendar.
 
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Well the subject matter itself, religion at a Catholic school, is not always the most motivating content for high school students especially if they are not Catholic and resent having to take a religion course. Although, I must admit the biggest challenge for myself was to not deviate from the Catechism, which I was being paid to teach and endorse, while also allowing my students to express their views respectfully and seriously in class discussions or Socratic seminars .
 
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The challenge I faced was to get students to communicate their feelings in a positive way.
 
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The biggest challenge was understanding how to talk to the kids and build a relationship with them, especially my most troubled kids.
 
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Adhering to a highly scripted reading program when teaching at the elementary. The position I held before that had very little programming laid out for me to follow. I was accustomed to making my own way and being empowered with plenty of self-direction in terms of instructional choices and curriculum choices which ironical was difficult at first and over time became a strength and personal preference. So when I started teaching at the elementary I had to adjusted to that and I have done so very well at this point.
 
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Describe the teaching techniques or strategies that are most effective for you.
 
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Revision questioning and game play.
 
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The most effective strategies include teaching to all modalities, using a multi-sensory approach. I try to include a variety of assignments such as group projects, research and presentations.
 
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Inquiry based instruction, different types of instruction for each learner.
 
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Interaction method ,Demonstration method.
 
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Talking about odd facts or unknown facts--talk about experiences--listening to music on topic.
 
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What types of personalities do you work with best?
 
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Pushy people who like to take control of everything. But for the most part I can work with and get along with others.
 
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In the past, I have found it difficult to work with others who see themselves as better than others, who can take criticism, and who refuse to work with others. I have found it challenging to work with them b/c I am a team oriented person who feels the importance of working together over the needs of the individual especially in a learning environment.
 
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People who do not want to do their job.
 
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Slow learners.They can't understand easily.
 
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People who think they already know everything and are so set in their ways that they cannot abide it when other people bring their own ideological and methodological beliefs into the mix. People with genuinely negative attitudes. People who take things too personally.
 
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How have you showed leadership within your school in the past?
 
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Yes, both by being vocal and by leading by example.
 
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Yes and no. I'm not uncomfortable in positions of leadership when I'm asked or expected to assume them; but I prefer working on a more level basis with coworkers. In the classroom, of course, there is a lot of give and take. Sometimes, I need to be a more authoritative figure. Sometimes a moderator or guide. Sometimes a peer. I'm constantly learning too and we're all still students together at a certain level. When We explore new ideas or concepts (and I've been known to veer off on tangents when the kids are excited about something): I get just as excited as they are and the line blurs a little bit.
 
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
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Using improved technology--learning more about it and using it more in class.
 
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I forget dates and event but trying to remember by revising.
 
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Patience learning to use go the last mile with a person to help them improve.
 
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My greatest weakness as a teacher is keeping students engaged and excited without veering too far off topic in open classroom discussions or student questions.
 
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Staying focused on the task at hand and not deviating from it or not finishing it fully. I am sometimes a sporadic thinker losing focus on the main objective which is a weakness of mine I see a new idea and before I fully finish the other I move on to the next sometimes. What I have done to work on this is improve my time management, create an action list of things to accomplish in an order that shows the most pressing things first. This has allowed me to be more on task while also lessening the stress level of the activities I have engaged in.
 
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How do you stay calm when dealing with difficult students in your class?
 
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By making him busy in study related punishment.
 
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Ha, honestly depends. As a coach I can become easily upset with my players if they are giving me a lack of focus, lack of hustle, lack of execution after a while. Which I think is natural for any coach. As a teacher I have found that I have a much longer fuse, per say, when it comes to this. I have only gotten upset when a class has show a lack of focus over a period of time that begins to effect their grade but is easily correctable yet they aren't focused on correcting it. I see it as a sign of laziness which is something I have little tolerance for.
 
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I consider myself to be a patient person. I am able to wait for gratification because I believe that better things come to people who wait. Long term success is much more satisfying than accomplishing short term goals.
 
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What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a teacher?
 
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Being a parent--it helps me to remember that everyone makes mistakes.
 
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My mother is my greatest strength and my best teacher.
 
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Patience deal with students.
 
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Sharing my experiences with others as well as relating things to others and breaking things down to their simplest form. I am a great hands on teacher and coach that knows how to take something complex and simplify it for everyone else to understand. This is a strength that has allowed me to become a good coach and a promising young teacher.
 
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Tenacity. I don't give up easily. And I genuinely love learning.
 
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Why do you love to teach?
 
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It's my passion to explain topic in short stories.
 
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I love history it is fun and traceable.
 
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