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Posted on February 24, 2013 12:05 am
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Yasar Bodur
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Describe a time when a lesson was not going well. What did you do about it?
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 7:05 pm

vyLyba
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It is not a very comfortable thing to talk about your failures and mess-ups when you are trying to get a job. However, it is a great opportunity to prove that you are able to learn from your mistakes. I would never answer this question by saying that I have never had a lesson that did not go well. This would make me seem arrogant, and I do not what the interviewer to think that. I would talk about the time that I passed out the wrong worksheet to my class, and did not realize it until a few minutes after I began the lesson. I made a quick change on the students worksheets to make the activity work with the information I was trying to teach, and kept the lesson moving. I did not have a meltdown, and did not freak out in front of the students. I made a mental note to check my materials ahead of time and make sure that I have everything in the correct spot. I could have also checked to make sure that the worksheets were correct before I began the lesson with the students. The most important thing to me is to show that you are able to learn and make adjustments for the future.
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Solution 2
Posted February 19, 2015 5:19 pm

yHeGyV
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It is important to stress how you reflected upon the lesson that did not go as planned and what you did to change the lesson outcome. For example, you taught a lesson that was not engaging for your students although you thought that I would grasp their attention quickly. During the interview you should be honest and state that the lesson did not work. What is important is that you found a way to change it and engage the students. Also, informing the interviewer of several strategies that can be implemented in case a lesson does not go as planned shows that you are prepared.
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Posted February 23, 2015 2:15 am

SeguHu
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When a lesson is not going well, I go to my back up plan or into the activity. Depending on my students, I would ask about what kind of activities would make this lesson easier to understand.
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