What do you think is the biggest challenge teachers face today?
A: Teachers are challenged from all sides – the media, parents, government officials, elected leaders, and communities. We are in the proverbial spotlight – constantly. That’s why I think that one of the greatest challenges we face is that of assessment. That is, are students learning to the best of their potential and are teachers providing their students with the best quality education possible. Educational initiatives such as “Race to the Top” have put educational assessment on the front burner, so to speak, of educational reform. Are we teaching what we should be teaching and are students achieving as they should be achieving? During my student teaching experience I was able to fully integrate assessment throughout all my lesson plans – from beginning to end. For that, I can thank Dr. Cranshaw, who showed me how to effectively integrate assessment throughout any lesson, any unit. I certainly don’t have all the answers regarding assessment, but I’ve received some excellent training and excellent experiences I can use throughout my career.
Be sure to demonstrate how you have addressed an element of an issue sometime in your pre-service training. If you don’t you will be sending a very powerful message to the interviewer that you don’t stay up to date and that you are unaware of what is happening outside the classroom. This is a mistake you can’t afford to make.
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