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Teacher In Residence was asked...1 April 2018

How important do you think diversity is in a classroom?

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Very. Especially since our mission is granting accessible, high-quality education to all students, no matter their background. Less

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What drew you to the TIR position?

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The hands-on experience working in a classroom while simultaneously working towards an Master's in teaching. Less

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The only question I truly remember being asked was what I thought about state tests.

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I responded that I felt very split in my feelings about the tests. While I love the data and the sense of accomplishment that both my students and I gained from taking state tests, I also struggled greatly during testing, watching my students struggle and become exhausted. I wish my students did not have to go through that struggle, but I also see the good behind the struggle as we receive immense amounts of helpful data about our students which further helps these students succeed. Less

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Please expand upon your answer to these questions on the online application: What three factors do you think most significantly contribute to low student achievement in low-income communities? Why do some schools in low income communities have great success, while others do not?

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Tom Kaiser encouraged me (during our 1:1) to think about the stereotypes I suggested. It was extremely challenging and revealing for me. Less

What does success in academic achievement mean for a high-need public school?

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It is key to stress never giving up on or lowering the expectations for the students. They want to see teachers who will push themselves and not become jaded. Less

What would you do if a teacher asked you to do something you felt uncomfortable doing?

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My answer: I would communicate why I felt uncomfortable to the teacher and ask if we could develop a plan together that accomplishes the same goals but allow everybody to feel comfortable with the plan and proceedings. They told me this was the wrong answer. And that instead, I should be open to trying new things. ? Red Flag - With no other content to this question if somebody asks you to do something uncomfortable with students - you should always ALWAYS dive a little deeper and have a discussion about it. Being open to trying something new and being asked to do something(?) with students that's uncomfortable...are two very different things. Trick question and red flag. Less

I would explain to that teacher that i am not comfortable in doing that certain thing and offer an alternate solution to his/her concern Less

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They were interested in time management skills.

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I tackle tasks in order of priority.

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How did you respond to feedback that you did not agree with?

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I contested it, then went with it and it worked out. Being a team player and supporting the wishes of those in authority sometimes works out as it did in this case. Less

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Why do you want to work for Achievement First?

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I want to work for Achievement First because of their work in urban reform and because they are giving students the tools necessary to succeed in life. Less

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What is one piece of tough feedback you've been given and how did you respond and implement that feedback?

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A different opinion than mine was implemented by coming to a compromise.

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