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Posted on February 23, 2013 11:52 pm
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Yasar Bodur
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What would you do if half of your class did poorly on a test?
If you are asked this question in a job interview for a teaching position: What are some things you should avoid when responding to this question? What might be some important points to stress that would get the interviewer’s attention? How would you respond to this question?
 
     
     
 
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Posted April 18, 2013 6:55 pm

yZyDuN
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It is important to know that if your class does poorly on a test, it is not the students' fault. You must take responsibility and reflect upon how you have taught, what your objectives were, and were they met accordingly. If the way you taught something did not work at first, you should research other ways to present the information. You can ask colleagues, use the internet, or read books to give you ideas on what you can change to deliver the lesson in a way that all your students will understand.
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uJasuX
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Very true. I think this response addresses the fact that maybe you need to try another approach at teaching the content.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 4:04 pm

Chelsea
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I agree. This solution shows that if half the class did poorly, it is the responsibility of the teacher to figure out how they can approach the information with a different method. The poor grades are not what matters, the comprehension of the students is much more important.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 4:18 pm

Brianne Blowers
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I agree I think self evaluation is important in a situation when half the class did poorly. It is important that the interviewer knows that you would value the student's knowledge of the lessons and not just the test scores.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 11:20 pm

Ashley Noe
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I agree. If half the class did poorly, the information must not have been clear enough or presented well enough. I don't believe that would be the students fault in a case like that.
  Posted on: March 1, 2015 2:59 am

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Solution 2
Posted February 28, 2013 8:07 am

Candice Williams
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After reviewing the tests to see if it was the whole lesson, or just a key concept they missed. Depending on the outcome, it is necessary to re-teach the material before moving on. Many times, especially in math, it is impossible to move on without understanding the previous material. They will just become more confused.
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raWubu
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I agree with this solution. It is vital to make sure that the students can progress in the class. Re-teaching the material is a good idea.
  Posted on: October 20, 2014 12:09 am

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Solution 3
Posted March 15, 2015 3:04 pm

dyTuDu
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I would respond that remediation is clearly necessary and that I would find a new way to teach the information to those who were not successful on the test. I think this shows flexibility and an understanding that somewhere along the way the teacher did not meet the needs of all students, but will not leave half the class behind.
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Solution 4
Posted March 15, 2015 7:38 pm

eRaTaW
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As with all interview questions, acknowledge the weakness/failure, but do not focus on it. Instead, talk about the immediate and future solution. The immediate solution would be to analyze student achievement by looking at aggregated results of test. Identify the questions students had the most trouble with and remediate instruction based upon your findings. Upon completion of remediation, re-test the students. It may be a short quiz and not a full test. For the future, it is important to have a learning styles inventory on each student and understand how they best process information. This allows the teacher to differentiate instruction to ensure that each student receives information in a manner that is meaningful. Additionally, the teacher should have students complete a short pre-assessment to determine strengths and weaknesses related to the content standard(s) being covered. This will allow the teacher to focus their instructional support towards weaknesses and enrich strengths.
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Solution 5
Posted October 17, 2015 9:05 pm

duryvy
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I think that they purpose of this question is for the employer to see how flexible you are with your instruction. Flexibility in lesson planning is very important when teaching, so make sure they know that you would be willing to postpone moving on to the next unit until students demonstrated mastery of the current material. In interviews it is important to use specific 'buzz words', so the buzz words for this question would be 'adapting instruction' and 'flexibility in lesson planning.'
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Solution 6
Posted April 25, 2013 4:08 pm

VuVyRu
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If half of an entire class did poorly on a test, there is obviously something that I did not explain sufficiently. Without making it too obvious about who performed well, I would ask questions to the class and call on a couple of the students who did do well on those specific questions. They may be able to summarize the ideas or state them in a way that I had not considered, that will make more sense to the other students. Being the teacher, you sometimes find that things need to be explained that you were not anticipating since you have the knowledge already and write the tests.
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