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What is your most challenging experience while working with children or in the classroom?
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We all have challenges in our professions, and it is okay to talk about them! The key is that we do not allow these situations to get the best of us. Begin by sharing a high-level overview of your most challenging experience working with children spending most of your time explaining your reaction to the situation. Express that you did not allow the situation to get the best of you. Mention what you learned from that situation, and explain what you will do differently in the future if you find yourself in a similar situation again. Here's how you could approach this: "The most challenging experience for me in my teaching career was to deal with a parent who was always complaining about the things we did in the classroom. It was difficult as I was new to the school and he wanted his daughter to be in the class of her old teacher which was obviously not possible. I called the parent and sat down with him and talked to him about the issues he had and tried to address them with patience and in the end he understood that his daughter will get new teachers every now and that he should cooperate with the teachers as we are all doing our jobs to the best. He never complained after that and on my last day even sent a bouquet with his daughter."
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"The most challenging experience for me in my teaching career was to deal with a parent who was always complaining about the things we did in the classroom. It was difficult as I was new to the school and he wanted his daughter to be in the class of her old teacher which was obviously not possible. I called the parent and sat down with him and talked to him about the issues he had and tried to address them with patience and in the end he understood that his daughter will get new teachers every now and that he should cooperate with the teachers as we are all doing our jobs to the best. He never complained after that and on my last day even sent a bouquet with his daughter."

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User-Submitted Answers

What is your most challenging experience while working with children or in the classroom?
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I have found that working with ADHD or ADD children very difficult.
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Working with students on a budget. I dream big and have these really creative lesson plans that I always haev to scale down to meet my budget.
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My most challenging experience was coming in after a choral director had been asked to leave the previous year. I had to get the choral program out of debt, rebuild enrollment in chorus, and build the trust of the students.
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I have only worked with teenagers aged 7-18 on a drama performance in preparation for the celebration of the radio station anniversary.It was not easy to get their attention as most of them will start talking about something else with friends whilst I was giving a brief.
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Teaching reading to a class of 6th graders that are on first grade to eighth grade reading levels, and making sure we all comprehend, pass the test, and move on to the next grade.
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The most challenging experience thus far for me in the classroom has been a special education math class that I taught. There was one student who was more advanced and would finish his work early while the other 4 worked at a slower pace and needed more one on one attention. It was challenging to give them the attention that they needed while also providing a challenging lesson for the advanced student.
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My most challenging experience was working with more 46 students in a classroom without air conditioning and most of them despertae for the class to be over.
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My most challenging experience was to teach kids with different abilities in the same classroom.
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The most challenging experience thus far for me is to teach math to Kids with different abilities.
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The most challenging experience while working with children in the classroom is the pull outs. Managing to keep track of how the students work must be adjusted because of the time spend outside the room.
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My most challenging experience was subbing gym class in a skirt high heels and no whistle. It was a last minute change and I was not prepared.
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Never really had a bad experience, I think of it as building character.
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One of my 17 year old special ed students had a bowel movement in his chair. Luckily, I had my 2 assistants help clean him up.
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Those who actively resist learning.
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My most challenging experience is working with one of my students because although he is really smart and can do the work super fast, he get unfocused too easily. He is also a challenging student for me because he likes to do what he want to do, when he wants to do it. For instance, he likes to continue on doing what we were just doing when actually it is time to transition to the next activity.