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Unformatted text preview: Emily Romein EDCI 430«02 10/23/13 Interview MsAmy Benoit1A 3rd grade teacher at Broadmoor Elementary 1. Discuss the positive experiences that have motivated you through your years of teaching. / O The light bulb moments, the times when you can see that you got through to them. This
includes making a personal connection and seeing their excitiment in addition to wathching them get the affection they clearly don't get at home.
2. Discuss the negative experiences that have motivated you through your years of teaching. 0 When you call parents and you don't get a respose or the sense that they care, those moments push me to work that much harder for those children.
3. What adivice WO 6 you give a rookie/new teacher? 0 Consisten y is key, you want to be friendly while being consistent with expectations. Also.
be prepared, know what you are teaching and have a well thought out plan for each and
every part of the day. 4. Can you describe some class polocies that didn't work? 0 Threatening the loss of recess to motivate students to return signed papers was completely in effective, I had to eleminate that as a rule and begin directly contacting parents. 5. Discuss your opinions of The Common Core.
0 Beneﬁts: concept of implementing heirorder thinking stands to beneﬁt in many ways.
0 Disadvantages: Those who are struggling learners are being set up to fall through the cracks.
It seems to be geared towards the more accelerated learners while taking out the opprotunjties for differentiated instruction. 6. What are your classroom rules?
1. Be safe
2. Be responible
3. Be reSpectful 7. How do you differenitae instruction? 0 Class is broken into 4 groups by ability, while I work with one group on a skill the other
three groups are working on the same skill in different centers that are designed for their
level understanding. The groups rotate giving me a chance to focus on each set of four
individually. 8. Have you ever suspected neglect/abuse? If so how did you handle it? 0 There was one instance where a child expressed fear of going home with the right up form I
had given him. He stated that his dad was going to beat him. I wasn't sure if this was just a
poor choice of words on the boys part or if it was a vaild fear so I went to our school
counsilor. She explained that abuse had been documented and she was working with the mother in regards to how she should go about leaving her husband. Later that year the mother was able to do so.
9. Do you ﬁnd that an IEP give tools/instruction nessary to help you help them to reach the goals stated? 0 No, they simply state modiﬁcations such as reduce course work Without giving explanations
of how or why things need to be done. They also don‘t give you enough of an explanation of
what the child goes through or in what ways things are harder for them. I often feel that if I
was given more informationl could do a much better job of implementing modiﬁcations.
Not having the information needed to be capable of taking the proper intiative necessary to ensure I am in fact doing my very best for these kids absloutely drives me crazy \ (\ 10. Is collaborative work a key feature of your classroom. If so how do you use go about managing
0 Yes, giving students the opprotunity to develop the skill needed to work collectively is
really important. It also allows for me to work with students who need one—on—one time
while keeping the rest of the class working productively. Reflection: MsBenoit's description of collaborative work was very helpful. I witness a similar method of
centers in a ﬁrst grade class that was not what I would consider sucessful. I believe whatI observed
lacked the cohesive abilty ranges of each group and the preperation of each center so that each was
ready beforehand for all four groups to productively work without needing the teacher's attention that
MsBenoit described. Though I do believe IEP documents lack all of the necessary insight, I am not
sure that all of Ms. Benoit's frustrations with IEP support are all founded. Independent reasearch of a listed daignonis and being prepared with a list of questions before entering the child's IEP meeting are two suggestions I learned through a previous interview. ...
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