Special Education Teacher Interview Questions
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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.
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.
I was stressed when I had to do math homework. I took a break for awhile then went back to the assignment.
There was a time in the last 8 weeks that I was overloaded with school work and also making lessons, assessing, and differentiating instruction for students at my job. I find that the best way to handle it is having good time management skills. Saying, "okay, I'll do this today, and this the next day," really helped me. I also think it's important to realize that you can't do everything in one day, and that it's okay to save it for tomorrow.
With honesty and open dialogue.
First year nannying a student with special needs or student teaching experience.
When I had a student who was not identified with special needs, but who left the classroom at the slightest annoyance, I decided to llok into the triggers for that behavior. I came up with a plan that worked for her, by researching strategies that work with children with FAE. And by working together with the school team she became successful in the classroom.
A stressful time in my life was when my grandfather passed away. At the time I was a freshmen in high school, my father was in the hospital for appendicitis and I was playing varsity basketball. At first I shut down and kept to myself but I quickly learned that I needed my friends and family for support and with that strong support system was able o be successful for the rest of the year. This experience taught me that classified students need a strong support system because for some coming to school everyday is stressful.
Moving was stressful. I handled the stress by spending time doing work that I enjoy and becoming involved in community programs such as the Artist Studio Association and the VIsual Arts Center.
When my mom died. I learned to manage my stress through exercise and getting support from family and friends.