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1. What do you believe, makes you effective at teaching special needs students?
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Special education is the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students' individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community than would be available if the student were only given access to a typical cl...
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Special Education Teacher Interview Questions
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How can you illustrate to me your dependability?
 
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I am always there when you need me. I arrive early so I know where I am supposed to be.
 
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I realize people rely on each employee to complete their job at the best of their ability each and everyday.
 
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What was your most difficult course in college?
 
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The most difficult college course for me was Elementary Mathematics.
 
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My most difficult course in college was Calculus.
 
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How do you handle yourself under stress?
 
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I handle myself well. I concentrate on the situation that has to be dealt with immediately.
 
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I work well under stress. Right now, I'm taking classes and am a long term substitute teacher. That is basically the same thing as a teacher. It is stressful, but I am always praised for my hard work and dedication.
 
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If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
 
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The only thing I would have done differently in my education was to obtain my education at an earlier age.
 
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I would have went into banking. I worked at FSCB for a year and loved it.
 
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What makes you stand out among other applicants?
 
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I am great at coming with activities to do with special needs children and making crafts. I know what do if a child has a seizure and transfer a cerebral palsy child to the floor and back to the chair.
 
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I am a true advocate for students with special needs. I realize each child is an individual and.
 
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Why should we hire you?
 
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Because I am pasionate about helping people.
 
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yoy should hire me because i know how to work independently,knows how to prioritize and delegate important task.My skills will help you specially sharing and transferring my knowledge to your institution.
 
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When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
 
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When I worked in a preschool that had a child with Autism. I also worked in a special needs summer camp and I saw the joy that an Autistic Child had. It was great seeing her enjoy her time at camp and having fun with me at all times.
 
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I was a para-professional in Autistic Support.
 
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What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?
 
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The most important qualities are to obtain trust with your students and open communication with students and parents.
 
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Compassionate, patient, being able to teach to the needs of the children, sense of humor.
 
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Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?
 
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When my husband went through some health issue, I went through some rough time but I was very calm and managed everything routine as normal for my children. I stayed positive because I wanted my husband and kids to know that everything is going to be fine.
 
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During student teaching, I had a family tragedy in my home. I pushed forward and completed my student teaching and made that a priority to complete my education.
 
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Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
 
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I have calmed a child down. I hugged, rocked, and talked to the child. She calmed after five minutes.
 
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As a Special Education teacher, I have had several instances where I had to calm a student down. Some instances that I have experienced is when a student had severe anxiety over an assessment. At this time, I would talk with the student to relax him, and follow a plan that I created in order to ensure that the anxiety was reduced and the student was in a more comfortable mind frame.
 
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How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?
 
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I realize the students have a reason for their difficulties. Whether it is having difficulty communicating or other circumstances like that.
 
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Student teaching in Canton City, I was exposed to students from backgrounds much different than my own. Because of this, many students presented behavioral problems in the classroom due to a lack of structure in the home and outside of school. I learned a great deal of patience and that the best way to handle those tough students is to develop a meaningful relationship that embodies trust and respect.
 
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Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?
 
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Iep is a plan of strategies and goals while a cse is a committee of person who make up the plan.
 
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An IEP is an individualized education plan that addresses the students needs and goals. The CSE is the team of teachers and professionals that collaborates to assess the student and write the IEP.
 
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What are your 2 weakest points?
 
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First weak point is I have a hard time delegating responsibility, second weak point is failing. I do not accept failure very well.
 
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My two weakest points are communication and mathematical skills. I am getting better at communicating with people and will have it done. I am getting help on my math and doing better.
 
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Who is your greatest role model?
 
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My greatest role model is my mom because she gives out great tips and helped me know that special education was the career for me. I helped out in her preschool class and got to see the children with special needs thrive in their development.
 
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My daugher, she has overcome so many obstacles and keeps plugging away,
 
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Do you have experience creating and maintaining documentation on your students?
 
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I have some experience maintaining documentation on children. I wrote down when children took naps, ate food and needed diaper changes.
 
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Yes, I progress monitor on a weekly, bi-weekly and monthly basis depending on the needs of the students. I have parent communication logs and I send a Report of Progress on a quarterly basis to the families of my students.
 
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What do you know about our educational program?
 
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I know that you do activities with the children and make crafts. You deal with special needs children and give services that help them like speech therapy and occupational therapy. You collaborate with therapists, general education teachers and parents to talk about their progress.
 
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I know your education program encompasses 2400 students roughly with 18% in the special education department.
 
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How would you describe your passion for teaching children?
 
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My favorite course in college was Observation and Planning assessment because I got to spend time in a preschool observing children.
 
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My favorite course in college were Instructional Strategies, Applied Behavioral Analysis and Inclusionary Practices.
 
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How will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating these students?
 
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I will be sure to address the staff that my students will be working with by holding a meeting and discussing the needs of each student and items that will be important for the teachers to know while working with each student. I will also be sure to state clearly my strategies to ensure success so that as team we can work together to help each student be successful.
 
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I will give them tips on how to handle bad behaviors. I will help them modify assignments for the special needs children. I will communicate a lot and be a asset on helping them out.
 
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When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?
 
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I realized I wanted to be a Special Education Teacher after becoming a Student Helper to a child with Autism. I worked closely with the child, developed progress monitoring and instructional tools to assist the student.
 
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Since I was in second grade, I had the dream to be a teacher. My teacher Mrs. Dragone was a teacher the possessed only the best qualities. When I entered second grade I was shy and timid. I knew that my reading levels where low. From the time I walked into her class, she provided me with the skills I needed to succeed. Her skills and daily guidance encouraged me to be most like her. At the end of the day, I ultimately want to help students succeed and have a role model guiding them throughout the most important aspects of their lives.
 
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To what specific area of special education are you most attracted and why?
 
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I am most attracted to the role of consultant teacher because I feel that in this position not only can I assist students in academic situations but I can assist with social skills.
 
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My primary training and area of interest is in applied behavior analysis. ABA is everywhere and it is a method that can be used in a variety of ways in a variety of settings. Specifically I work with students with severe cognitive disabilities. I am most interested in helping students with signiificant needs. I am able to provide the students with compassion, care, and meaningful education.
 
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What are your 2 greatest strengths?
 
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My two greatest strengths are organized and patience. I organize things by last name and have a place for everything. I have tons of patience by my experience with children of all ages and how to handle stress.
 
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I think my two greatest strengths are my ability to develop meaningful relationships with students and my attention to detail.
 
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Has their ever been an autistic or special needs child in your life that has inspired you?
 
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Chanel, a friend of the family, has been hesitent to learn new things due to confidence but I loved seeing her learn to take risks.
 
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I nanny a young boy with ADD, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Anxiety, and severe anger. Working with him has given me a whole new outlook on education and teaching, and has taught me many new strategies for self-regulation and monitoring his own behavior/anger.
 
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What exposures have you had in Teaching?
 
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Student teaching in a Humanities classroom combining Language Arts, Geology, Geography, and Science in projects utilizing a standards based proficiency system and a high school art in grades 10-12. I have been a long term special education substitute as well as repeat substitute focusing on special educatin classrooms where I built significant relationships with students and staff to witness progress as well as tutoring students with special needs and volunteering.
 
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As a new graduate, my most extensive teaching has been during student teaching.
 
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How would friends describe you?
 
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I am tenacious in regards to what I am passionate about. I may be a bit reserve at first--taking everything all in, before I take the big leap. I am an advocate for family, friends and those who are work with.
 
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They would describe me as positive and hard working.
 
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