Brainstorm: What Questions Do We Have for the Teacher Panel?


We ran out of time last Monday before we were able to come up with questions for our teacher panel. If you think of a question, please list it here and I'll send them out to the teachers on Sunday. I have posted the questions from last year's class to get us started. - fogleman fogleman

  • Are you hiring?
  • What characteristics do people look for in hiring teachers?
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* How do you get control of an unruly classroom?
  • What are your suggestions for first year teachers?
  • What do you wish you had learned when you were in Ed school?
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* What are the best resources for new teachers?
  • What do you do with an argumentative student (like Scott)?
  • What tips do you have for teaching to a wide range of students?
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* Who defines your curriculum requirements?
  • What do you do the first day/week?
  • What is your favorite demonstration or lab?
  • Do all the teachers of one subject collaborate? (What if you are the only teacher of a subject?)
  • How do you plan for the year?
  • How far in advance is it realistic to plan lessons?
  • Are there any really good lesson plan & lab resource sites/materials?*
  • What do you do if your lesson plan doesn't work out the way you expected?
  • What is your lesson planning process?
  • How do you organize the mix of your day's lesson?
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* How do you organize curriculum?
  • What do you do when you know you're going to be absent?
  • Tell us about the budgeting process and/or grant writing
  • How do you ask good leading questions?
  • Do you do year long science themes, such as structure/function in biology? If so, ho do you do it?
  • What do you do with a high energy student who does absolutely no work?
  • Do you send students out of the classroom to deal with behavior problems? Is this effective?
  • How do you use the bulletin boards in your classroom?
  • Do you use graphic organizers, such as concept maps with your students?
  • Do you have any recommendations for the days when we feel discouraged/sense of hoplessness?
  • What do you think are the things that keep you still interested and motivated, even though, year after year, you cover the same content over and over?

These are the questions from above for which I would particularly like to hear what the panel has to say (I added the questions that are followed by a star):
How do you plan for the year?
How far in advance is it realistic to plan lessons?
Are there any really good lesson plan & lab resource sites/materials?
What is your lesson planning process?
Do you have to turn in lesson plans to anyone?*
Do you do year long science themes, such as structure/function in biology? If so, ho do you do it?
Are there resources if I want to organize my biololgy classroom learning around long-term (unit) projects through which students will learn material?*

Could you tell us about the budgeting process and/or grant writing process?
What are your suggestions for first year teachers?
What do you wish you had learned when you were in Ed school?
What are the best resources for new teachers?
How do you find time to get to know students if they are in your classroom for one hour a day and there is not much opportunity for 1-1 conversations with students?*
How do you learn the names of 150 students at the beginning of the year?*
What are some examples of issues where you might run into problems with parents? Are they mainly academic or sometimes value/social identity/morals based?*

What characteristics do people look for in hiring teachers?
Is it useful to send resumes to schools? If so, at what point (time of year) do we do this? Or is it appropriate to contact schools before a job fair to set up interview times? Or should we wait until the job fair before contacting a school in any way?*
Are you hiring?
- kathi kathi Dec 3, 2006


2006 Top Ten Questions


1. How far in advance is it realistic to plan lessons? What is your lesson planning process?

2. How do you plan for the year?

3. Is it useful to send resumes to schools? If so, at what point (time of year) do we do this? Or is it appropriate to contact schools before a job fair to set up interview times? Or should we wait until the job fair before contacting a school in any way?

4. Are there any really good lesson plan & lab resource sites/materials?

5. What are your suggestions for first year teachers?

6. Do you have any recommendations for the days when we feel discouraged/sense of hoplessness?

7. What are some examples of issues where you might run into problems with parents? Are they mainly academic or sometimes value/social identity/morals based?

8. How long did it take you to feel like you were doing a good job? How did you know you were doing better?

9. What is your best strategy for keeping organized? (Be specific - techniques and tricks of the trade.)

10. What do you do when your lesson doesn't go as planned? Do you have a backup plan? Do you change it by the time the next class of students come in?

11. Do you ever collaborate with the colleagues in your discipline for lesson or curriculum planning? If so, do you feel it is useful? If not, do you think it would be helpful?

12. How do you make sure you are asking every student questions, and not just the ones that raise their hands? (Any tricks?)