Describe the system of classroom management


Assignment:

Directions:

You will interview a veteran classroom teacher, one who has been teaching for a minimum of five years. After completing the interview, write a two-page critical reflection/summary paper based on the answers the teacher gave to the questions asked during the interview.

Develop a list of questions (you may use the questions below) to ask the veteran classroom teacher.

You paper include the following:

  • Background information on the teacher interviewed
  • Summary/reflection of the information elicited during the interview process

Suggestions:

When completing this activity, you may want to record your interview if the teacher allows it. This will help you to capture a complete response. If not, you should do your best to write down the entire response. Your final paper should begin with the teacher's background, then include a summary of his/her responses, and conclude with your reflection of the teacher and the insights you have gained from the interview.

Possible Interview Questions:

Curriculum/Subject Knowledge:

  • Do you prefer homogeneous or heterogeneous grouping? Why?
  • What does individualized teaching mean to you?
  • How can you tell students are learning? Which evaluation techniques do you use?
  • How do you individualize the learning process in your classroom?
  • What are some ways that a student in a group can show you s/he has mastered a concept?
  • In which curriculum area are you particularly strong?
  • If you were asked to obtain in-service experience in one area of the curriculum, which area would you choose?
  • What are some of the ways that you present materials to students, such as in social science?
  • How do you integrate technology into your teaching and students' learning?
  • What do you think a teacher needs to know in order to begin lesson planning for a class?
  • What four key components do you believe you must include in a lesson plan?

Instructional Techniques:

  • Describe any school experience you have had, particularly in student teaching (or in another teaching position) that has prepared you for a full-time position at a school?
  • Describe any innovative projects you have been involved in developing.
  • Give an example of how you have used cooperative learning in your classroom.
  • How you accommodate the different learning styles of the students in your classes?
  • What do you consider to be your strengths and how will you use them in your teaching?
  • What two core teaching strategies do you use to achieve your desired results?

Classroom Management:

  • How do you set standards for acceptable performance in your class at the beginning of the year?
  • How do you get students to do what you want them to do?
  • Describe your system of classroom management.
  • How do you help students develop in self-discipline? Can you teach this skill?
  • In your opinion, who should be responsible for the discipline in the school?
  • If a student is disrupting your classroom, what steps would you take to solve this problem?
  • What is your opinion about individual vs. total class punishment?
  • Compare negative and positive reinforcement and describe the affects of each.
  • Describe a typical student in your class with reference to his/her developmental stage, study habits, attitude towards learning, and his/her behavior characteristics.
  • How do you assist a student who has been tardy to become punctual?
  • Describe your classroom's physical environment.

Parent Relations/Communication:

  • Describe some ways you inform parents of what is going on in your classroom.
  • How do you involve parents in your classroom?
  • How do you update parents on the progress of their child?
  • In your opinion, how effective are parent conferences in solving student problems?
  • Describe how you become acquainted with parents and students.
  • What would you tell a parent who complained about his/her child not having enough homework?
  • What information do you include in your Open House presentation?

Personality, Personal Attitudes/Professionalism:

  • Why did you want to teach?
  • Describe an "ideal" teacher.
  • Why would you want to teach in a certain School District?
  • What is wrong with education today? What is right?
  • What do you expect from the school principal, psychologist, and superintendent?
  • What would your closest teaching associate say about your relationships with students?
  • What are your greatest teaching strengths? What are your greatest weaknesses? How do you overcome these?
  • How do you collaborate with other teachers/staff in your school?

Teacher Relationships with Students:

  • What kind of students do you like to work with? What type of students could you teach most effectively?
  • How would you deal with a student who ridicules a given assignment?
  • How do you help students experience success?
  • How would you differentiate instruction for students?
  • What procedures do you use to evaluate student progress besides using tests?
  • How do you challenge the varieties of learners, both slower and advanced, within the same class?
  • How much do you need to know about your students in order to be most helpful to them?
  • What three things do you most want to know about your students?
  • In what major ways do you most want to influence the lives of your students?

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