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Questions and Responses 1. Where did you obtain your bachelors degree from?

- I received my bachelors degree from South Carolina State University in Early Childhood Education as well as my masters from South Carolina State University in Counseling Education. 2. What is your current teaching assignment? How long have you worked at this school, and has this been your only teaching assignment? - I teach 3rd grade Mathematics and Science. I have been teaching at this school for seven years. I taught fifth grade science for three years. After those three years, I was in charge of the I- coaching program while continuing to teach fifth grade science for an additional three years. For one year, I ran a Mass program, which is a gifted and talented enrichment program, as well as taught K-5 science lab classes. 3. Tell me about your other teaching experiences. What schools? How many years? What grade level and what subjects? - Before teaching at Brookdale Elementary School, I taught for two years at John P. Thomas in Richland School District 1 in Columbia South Carolina. While there I was self contained for a 4th grade class. Self contained means I taught all four subjects. 4. What is the demographic make-up of your class? Performance level? - My class consists of twenty-one students, eight girls thirteen boys, all of whom are African-American. Majority of the students are on free or reduced lunch and about half of the students come from a single parent household. As far as demographics regarding performance level, four students can read at or above grade level according to Star testing. Some of the students have been retained, and only one student has an IEP. This student is pulled out of the classroom to get additional help with English Language Arts (ELA), Reading, and Mathematics. 5. Describe your grading procedures and the methods that you use to assess your students achievement. - The grading scale that we use at Brookdale is: (A) 100-93; (B) 92-85; (C) 84-77; (D) 76-69; and (F) 68 and below. I have a chart outside of my classroom door that shows how each student is performing based on their assessments. 6. Which do you find to be more successful with assessing your students? Teacher made or commercially made assessments. Please explain. - When it comes to assessing her class, Ms. Johnson likes to use a combination of teacher- made and commercially- made assessments. She mainly does half and half

unless there is a standard the students do not understand, then she would use teachermade assessments.

7. Explain how you use your students assessment results to inform your instruction. - Because the data is tracked, I am able to use the students assessments results to inform my instruction. I analyze the areas where students need extra help, and then proceeds to reteach and reassess. Data drives instruction. 8. What different kind of assessments do you use? Which of the assessments is your favorite to use? - For mathematics, I allow the students to do problem solving. They are also required to show their work as they do the problems. I rarely use multiple choice questions when assessing mathematics. For Science, I mainly use multiple choice questions, matching or have them label diagrams. Depending on the content, I may have a few short answer questions on the assessment. A lot of the children like to do Venn diagrams when answering questions on a test. I sometimes administer test on the computer through the school. My favorite assessment to use the short answer questions because the students can fully explain their answer. When it comes to mathematics, I like doing problem solving because I can see how the students worked out the problem and got the answer. 9. How often are benchmarks or other test administered? - The administrative assessments are given once a week by the principal, and the benchmark tests are given once every nine weeks by the school district. 10. What is your philosophy of education? How does it relate to the way you assess your students? - I believe that all children can learn and that teachers must be adequately prepared to put in the time to plan an effective lesson and carry it out. The teacher must reach each student on his or her academic level and pay attention to the interests of all students, while making a difference. When I assess my students, I keep in mind that they all learn differently. I try to use various types of assessments to cater to their different learning styles.