Hello! I just interviewed for a job teaching nursing assistants. In order to qualify to teach additional classes, I was given an application which the state requires to fill out, which includes these questions about difficult situations that may be encountered while teaching. Having very little teaching experience so far, I am not sure if the answers I'm thinking of are the best way to handle these situations. Anyone willing to comment on these scenarios?
Scenario 1: You have divided students into 4 groups to practice hands-on skills. Two of the groups are spending more time talking than practicing. Asking them to get to work hasn't worked. What would you do?
My answer: I would ask those groups to show me the skills they were supposed to be practicing, and tell them the deficiencies. I would then ask them to practice it better so they'll be able to pass the next exam. I would comment that too much talking may be keeping their whole group from learning the skills they need in this class, which is not fair to all the participants.
Scenario 2: One student is not paying attention and is being disruptive in class. You ask them to participate in an exercise. The student reacts, "I'm only here because I was told I have to be here. All I want from this class is a certificate. Leave me alone." What would you do?
My answer: I would have a break for the class and ask the student to meet with me privately. I would tell them that I am concerned they will not be able to learn all the content required to gain the certificate if they continue not participating in class. I would ask them also to please not disrupt the learning that is needed by the other students, or I may need to say something in front of the class. I do not want to have to embarrass them this way, and hope to gain more cooperation in the future.
Scenario 3: Five students in the class have English as their second language, and all sit at one table. One of the students appears to be quietly translating for the others during the class. Another student complains about being distracted by the "talking."
My answer: I would say that I think that they may be translating, and would gladly let this student be seated in front, away from that group, if it would help. But that I would talk to that student and find out the real situation. I would find out if it is really a matter of translation. If so, I would make sure they sat in the back and talked quietly so as to disturb fewer students.
In this job, which is a private CNA school, the course lasts 3 weeks, with the last week being reserved for clinicals. I also found out that there are no office hours, but teachers can be given an email address through which students can contact us. Does anyone else have experience with this type of CNA teacher position, and any advice to give? Thank you in advance for any and all posts!