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Frequently Asked Questions
What is driving you to change careers at this stage?
I am ready to take my skill set in a different direction. Being in the classroom has created opportunities for personal and professional growth. I would like to apply my experiences with designing curriculum, program development/coordination, and instruction in an environment beyond the classroom. Entering the corporate environment will provide opportunities to collaborate on more diverse projects, and will be an ever-changing experience. While I have enjoyed my time in the classroom and diversified my instruction, the content changes very little and there are limited opportunities to work on larger projects with my professional peers. Fortunately, throughout my career I have had more of these types of opportunities than most. It is those opportunities that pushed me to explore a career transition.
Why should we hire you?
I have 18 years experience being the instructional coordinator, subject matter expert, and training specialist. I am skilled in team management, data analysis, problem solving, and effective communication. I can bring to your organization a drive and determination to effectively meet goals and objectives. With a child-like curiosity, a thirst for knowledge, I thrive in an environment where I can learn, grow, contribute and achieve.
You have a demonstrated ability to instruct in the secondary classroom. Can you provide examples of when you presented to an adult audience?
I have actually had several opportunities to present to my fellow instructors. With each organization I proved to be a leader in technology utilization and have been frequently asked to share best practices or train my colleagues on a new tool. Examples of such include:
- tutorials for PowerPoint best practices and game utilization
- using APEX virtual classroom tools to advance students and provide remediation opportunities
- use of online resources such as BrainPop, Flocabulary, and Discovery Ed. Learning Boards
- using Canvas as an LMS and assessment platform, designing learning modules for classroom use
In preparation for such learning opportunities I established the desired outcome of the presentation and planned my instruction accordingly. In any presentation I feel it is important to provide information in multiple formats. This multi-modal approach helps to engage the learner. Typically, in any presentation the goal is to outline what will be addressed, address the topic, and summarize. I take a slightly different tactic. I prefer a re-loop approach to presentation.
When possible an outline of the topic is provided to the audience. A visual aide, using an appropriate format, is also utilized. Each step of the aid is clear and concise, using bullet points. Long sentences and paragraphs are avoided. Whenever relevant, images are included and information highlighted with color and emphasis. The basics for understanding are provided for visual reference, and additional information is either explained during direct instruction, or via screen-cast if it is a video. To be most effective the screen-cast is in short segments, pausing between concepts. After each segment there is a brief re-loop that relates to the over-arching topic or goal, or ties to the previous segment.
Let’s face it, most people do not wish to attend professional development sessions. In the beginning, I try to establish the benefits of the session to the individual learner. By establishing what they can get out of it, the session is made relevant and the time spent is valuable to their improvement. More on that topic can be found here.
Our field is always changing. How do you deal with changing expectations, deadlines, and even project goals?
The key to success and personal sanity is to be flexible. In public education new programs are instituted on a regular basis. New ideas are explored and adapted every year. While I did not always understand the purpose of those changes or new implementations, it was my duty to implement them and make the best of it. Adaptability is a necessity in any profession. I deal with changing expectations by striving to meet them. Dealing with changing deadlines is more challenging. It is important to take a look at the end goal and adjust the established time management plan. Communicating concerns and developing a plan to overcome them is the responsibility of the entire team. Complaining about it will not get the job done. Discussing it will put you on the path to successfully complete the project.
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