This is the “quiz” that I ask my students to take and pass on to others, along with their answers, since it’s the only way they can take my class. I like it because it’s not just a question, it’s a way to get students to think. It can make a huge difference when they are preparing for a test.
At my academy, I teach three different classes, each in its own room. I usually have a large section for writing and a smaller section for math, and I always have the final exam. Since I tend to give my students pretty long answers, I sometimes ask them to think of questions that would be good to ask their teacher. The questions I ask have one or two yes/no answers, but always include a couple of additional ideas that students can add to the answer.
The questions I ask are based closely on what I’ve learned in the classroom. I don’t ask them to write a perfect 100% on each question, rather I just ask them to think of at least one good question to ask. Of course, this is a very simple exercise and I expect the students to be able to come up with good questions on their own. They still need to practice their writing, but I think they will be more willing to ask questions than to memorize the answers.
The thing that really frustrates me about the academy interview is that it’s a two part question. A student is asked to come up with questions that they can ask the academy director, and then the director will ask the teacher questions. The question I ask is: What is the most valuable lesson that I learned at ACX? (This is my own little joke). Then, the director asks the same questions to the whole class.
I think it’s because they’re not interested in learning. They’re really interested in answering the questions that they’re being asked to memorize.
This is the first part of an interview. It’s a good way to get to know the real question. If you don’t want to have to go through the interview again, you could probably do it in five minutes.
The interview questions are meant to help students stay on topic and keep their focus. The questions we use are ones that are common knowledge to everyone in the class, and are designed for the purpose of getting them to think about the problem. The questions are also easy to answer and will teach the students what is being asked. When we see the questions, we are usually able to answer them.
The more we use our answers, the more we can remember. It’s not always about remembering the exact right answer. It’s often about remembering how to apply the answer. Most of the interview questions are based on the fact that the students are not going to get the answers that they want this time. It is a good idea to make the time for a good answer as short as possible.
This is where the interview can be a bit tricky. We usually ask questions in such a way that students will ask questions that are going to seem like they are going to be difficult for them. Then we’ll say to them, “Well, we’re going to find out if you have the ability to remember. And if you do, then we’re going to ask you to tell us what you remember, and we’ll find out if that’s true.