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Orange County School District
Math Teacher - Middle School was asked...July 6, 2009

How would you handle it if you had a group of kids in line outside your classroom waiting to get to the next period and they were yelling and cursing and acting out (middle school in troubled neighborhood)?

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I would tell them to please be respectful to their peers. Since I stand at the classroom door to welcome students as they enter the room, I would also remind them that their warm-up activity is on the board. Less

I’d tell those student in what light others see them whenever they start yelling, cursing, and/or acting out. If they ever want anyone to take themselves seriously, acting out, yelling, and cursing isn’t the way. Some will argue that they don’t care of what others think out them, but the problem is that they do care or else those specific students would be one of the most silent within the classroom. Less

I said that I would handle it in accordance with the policies of the school. I fumbled the question - I do not have any in class teaching experience. I did emphasize that I would try to show the kids respect and not let the situation get to that point. They were waiting for a 'magic' answer that I did not know and eventually I stopped riffing and we went to the next question. Less

Where should a teacher be in the classroom during class time? (ie. should the teacher stay up at the board, back at their desk or walk about the room)

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The teacher should instruct from the front of the room, and then, when finished, walk about the room, offering advice and assistance to the students Less

In different zones, mostly in the power zone, i.e among the students focusing on what and how they are working. Less

Teacher should be back at their desk or walk about the room)

Orange County School District

What would your final grade be (for the year) for a child that scored averages of 18%, 68%, 70% and 72% (high school math)?

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That student’s final grade would be and 57%. Of course I’d have to explain to them why because the student averaged 70% and 72% in two separate quarters, but the work separately of those quarters term averages doesn’t count towards the work of the other Less

I said that I would give them a C (70). They liked this answer. The by the book way to score this is to give the kid the average of all 4 quarters - and an F. I said that this would kill the spirit of the kid and the interest to learn. They followed up with "what if there was abuse in the home during Q1? a divorce? homelessness?" and a few others. "Would it matter if the kid was rich and drove to school in the BMW?" Less

Farr Academy

What would you do if a student started swearing at you during class?

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remind the student that they are using street language not school language and they know the difference Less

Usually for a student to escalate at that point there has to be some kind of frustration caused by either content or other outside factors. I am not there to get personally offended by the swears, I know they are let out to express the frustration and anger. I would really really try to assess that situation and leave any of my feelings out. I see that you are very angry and upset at this time, and I wouldn't want to add to more to those feelings. Could we please step outside the classroom to have a quick talk? If the students agrees to come in the hallway by the classroom door, I'd ask: "I know you are mad right now. And I really want to help you if I can. What is going on? What are you feeling? Or I apologize if I did anything or contributed to this situation. How can we work through this? What can I do to help you though this? Your input is really important in my classroom. I really need you in class. Can we make it work? Less

Ascend Public Charter Schools

What do you think went well with your demo lesson?

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I think the structure of the lesson itself went well; (Do Now, Intro to Lesson, Independent Student Work and then Group Work). It was well planned out. Less

I had a very similar experience. The recruiter was lovely and we interviewed two e on the phone. The 3.5 hr. in person was a different story. It felt like they were just trying to tear me down. They were like hardened icicles in their approach to the interview. It was very militant. No warmth at all. Less

C2 Education
Math Teacher was asked...November 12, 2017

When is cos x the same as cos (-x)?

2 Answers

Always. cos(x) is an even function so cos(x)=cos(-x).

At angle value = 0

Garden City Public Schools
Math Teacher was asked...February 20, 2018

What type of classroom management structure would you implement if you were hired?

1 Answers

I would use some effective reactive strategies including pre-planning alternate activities for students who finish early and become bored, having a redirecting strategy to use with students to switch a bad behavior into a good one, and responding quickly to an upset child or mediating issues between two or more children so that any undesirable behaviors do not escalate. Less

Garden City Public Schools
Math Teacher was asked...February 20, 2018

What Inspired You to Become a Teacher?

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I discovered that my love of children draws me to teaching and my own love of learning makes me passionate about teaching. I am eager to make a difference — people tend to remember their teachers for an entire lifetime, long after school is over. I was also inspired by a teacher earlier in my education who had a positive impact on me. A teacher may be seen as a leader, a mentor, or even a parental figure. Less

St. Theresa School

The school has fairly high academic achieves but we have some students who are tested at very low levels. -how can you teach these different levels in one class and reach your goals?

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Set up several stations use differentiated instruction techniques to the lost student but also step up the lessons so as to provide a f Rich learning environment Kea for the remaining Ett Less

Describe the IEP process and its component parts and detail what is needed for each portion.

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This involves knowing that an Annual IEP will involve sections detailing Demographics, Transition, Present level of Performance, Classroom Accomodatios, Standards test accomodations, Level and Type of Services, ESY needs, Transportation needs, Medicaide status. Less

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