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Aspire Public Schools
Instructional Aide was asked...February 16, 2015

My education, experience with students. What would I do with students with a behavior problem and "tell us a time" when you had a student behavior problem and a time when you and a coworker didn't agree.

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10 years private tutoring math/English elementary level, afterschool program instructor, class aide for both regular and special ed. This year there was a student who got in a fight with another student screamed at her that she was lying. I separated both students and had them draw out problem as they were 1st graders. I then asked each girl what happened. One girl said the other threw her paper on the floor. The other girl said it fell. I told the other girl that when the paper falls you politely tell he she dropped her paper which solved the problem. This year there was an aide who the lead teacher, myself and another aide felt wasn't doing his job. She told me to show him how to work with another student. He wasn't receptive to what I was saying and I told this to my supervisor when she asked. She said that I had to explain things to him so after she and the principal had a talk with him he did a lot better on the day he and myself managed the class together. Less

last year I had several students with behavior problems. As an afterschool instructor I started by having a seating arrangement so the quieter and more noisy students are mixed together. I set some class rules and consequences when they weren't followed. First time is a time out for 5 min. 2nd time they miss a fun activity, 3rd time I talk to afterschool director. With one student who would walk out of class constantly and run around rather than listening, I found that having him sit in the back as an assigned seat was one effective way to get him to do his work. I also found that having him pick books and go read at his desk along with the rest of the class helped with maintaining class order while other students were still working. Having them sit away from class materials so they don't touch them during circle time was also effective. Soon the kid was sweeping the floor without being told. Less

sometimes I worry about what needs to get done but that helps me get it done sooner so I don't have to keep worrying about it. Last year another aide and I didn't agree on a way to handle a difficult student. We managed to settle our differences by talking it out and were able to run the class together when the head teacher wasn't there. Less

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Orange Unified School District

If a parent asks you a question about their child's academic levels, what do you tell them?

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I can not speak to anyone about that and she must ask the teacher for the information she is looking for Less

I would tell the parent that they need to talk to the teacher about that

Riverside USD

How would you handle working with a difficult student?

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I try different strategies. With a current student, I use hands on learning activities so he doesn't get tired and lose focus. I start by asking how they're doing. If upset we take time to discuss why and if it's something I can't solve I let them know I'm available if they want to talk. I use incentives to get work done Less

If I was with a student who had trouble learning the topic, I would try to see if there was another way we could show it to them. Maybe they learn better hands on or maybe they learn better writing things down. I would let Less

Traverse City Area Public Schools

Background, experience working with kids, how to diffuse difficult behaviors.

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for difficult behaviors use incentives, use hands on activities so student doesn't lose focus, start by asking student how they're doing and talk to them if they're upset Less

Santee School District

Why do you want to work with Children?

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I like planning lesson plans/learning games for kids and working with them to succeed Less

Huntington Beach Union High School District

What subjects do you feel comfortable with? (i.e. English, math, science, etc)

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I am most comfortable with elementary math/English from k-6

Garden Grove Unified School District

What would you do if a parent complains about certain things.

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I would tell them that they need to talk to the teacher

Monrovia Unified School District

How would you deal with an disruptive student?

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I would listen and be patient.

Pasadena Unified School District

Have you ever worked with children before?

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I've been working with kids both special needs/regular ed both individually and in the class within the academic setting for 10 years Less

Pleasant Valley School District

Lots of questions about how you would handle difficult parents or students

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