My assignment is a combination of two interviews. I interviewed an Assistant Principal, Ms. Katis Romig, as well as, our Curriculum Director, Mrs. Maria Petkanas. They are both responsible for the curriculum development and instruction for the school where I work, P.S. 811Q. I also learned a fair amount from Ms. Romig and Mrs. Petkanas including that District 75 Citiwide Special Education’s Deputy Superintendent, Ms. Barbara Joseph, had given the school feedback and suggested writing curriculum and textbooks. This was the only feedback she gave our principal during her observation last week.
As I begin to take my first tentative steps out in the real world of teaching, and no long just purely the theoretical, I find myself focusing more on what I can do for my students rather than just what I am going to be teaching. I think back to the time where I myself was a middle school level student, and find that what I thought I knew then about my teacher truly pales in comparison to the reality that I now face. Teaching is not just about what I know of my about my subject material (although that is important to any teacher,) but it also about making sure that by having a solid understanding of our students we as teachers, can provide for them the best education that is possible. Also, I believe that it is imperative that teachers be able to coordinate and cooperate with one another to make sure that all the needs of our students (both academically and developmentally) are being met.
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I interviewed Stacy Davidson, a counselor at Genesis a New Life homeless shelter in Atlanta, Georgia. Stacy has a Master of Arts degree in counseling and is in the process of fulfilling her 1800 hours of supervised professional counseling in order to receive a Licensed Professional Counseling certification.
Interview with HR Officer As I sat down with Jordan Fisher, on April 30th, we looked out the window to a gloomy, rainy day. It was wet and nasty day, but Jordan agreed to sit down with me to discuss his position as an HR officer. Jordan started with the Federal Government, 30 years ago at the age of 20. Now 50 Jordan is looking forward to retiring with his wife, stating “I enjoy it here, I really do—but I can’t wait to retire.”
Educational Psychology - Teacher Interview I interviewed a teacher from the Philadelphia School District and here is the result from my interview. I am a teacher in the head start program of Philadelphia .I have been with the head start program for 10yrs. I see children younger than kindergarteners with special needs.
Teacher Interview summary: I had the pleasure of interviewing the 3rd grade social studies teacher Mr. Columbie. As I observed Mr. Columbie on a weekly basis, I would constantly ask him questions on how he taught social studies in his classroom and what strategies he uses. Mr. Columbie informed me that he teaches social studies in his classroom once a week, but now that the students are preparing for the FSA test he has not been teaching social studies. He explained that the schools main focus is that every teacher is teaching and building students math and reading skills. He also explained to me that he can get in trouble with the principle if he were to teach a full social studies lesson in his classroom. He told me that for social studies he is giving his students reading passages and the students are answering comprehension questions at the end of the reading.
On one of my first days of school placement I learned the importance of teachers having good questioning skills. I was helping out one afternoon when a young child, pulled out the chair of a classmate as he was about to sit down and the student fell on the floor. It was quite a dramatic incident and I was very impressed by the way the teacher used questioning to deal with the wrongdoer and make him think about his actions and see the error of his ways using leading questions without getting angry and shouting at the child. The teacher’s conversation with the student, who for privacy reason’s we’ll call John, went something like this.