Essay Questions for Teaching Position

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Response to Essay Questions for Teaching Position in High-Needs School

Instructions as stated on application:
Answer each question in a short essay format (no more than 300 words); be sure to address all parts of each question. The answers to these questions are considered a critical part of your application. Please spend time crafting your answers and provide your responses to these application questions in the spaces below. (Be sure to identify each instruction, and frequently review to assure your work is acceptable.)

Questions as stated on application:
Briefly describe a time when you achieved a goal in the face of challenges (or while balancing multiple responsibilities). What specific steps did you take to ensure you would meet your goal, and how did you know you were successful? How will you apply that experience to set goals and measure your success in the classroom?

Answer each question and its parts:
(It is beneficial to examine each question rather than attempting to answer all at one time.)

Question Part I:
Briefly describe a time when you achieved a goal in the face of challenges (or while balancing multiple responsibilities).

Answer Part I: As the 5th grade science teacher at a Title I school, I faced the daunting goal of preparing students for the state’s first mandated science exam. Challenges included classroom management, negative perceptions, unfamiliarity with subject matter, and a limited time frame. In order to grow professionally and proactively affect positive growth in the community, I assumed multiple responsibilities such as volunteering as a Girl Scout Leader; Nursing Home Volunteer; Children’s Programming Coordinator; and participating in a yearlong science educator professional development series. Nevertheless, my goal was important for our school and students.

Question Part II:
What specific steps did you take to ensure you would meet your goal, and how did you know you were successful?...
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