For the past few years I have been an ASHA S.T.E.P. mentor to aspiring SLP's at the undergraduate and graduate level. Graduate school preparation is a frequently discussed topic. I often get asked to prepare my mentees for upcoming graduate school interviews. Recently, performed a mock interview (via video chat) with my mentee. Below are a list of questions that I used and wanted to share with you all:
What are your strengths and weaknesses?
If you're not
accepted into graduate school, what are your plans?
What do you know about our program?
Why did you choose to
apply to our program?
What other schools are you considering?
In what ways have your previous experience prepared you for
graduate study in our program?
What do you believe your greatest challenge will be if you
are accepted into this program?
In college, what courses did you enjoy the most? The least?
research project you've worked on.
How would your professors describe you?
How will you be
able to make a contribution to this field?
What are your hobbies?
situation in which you had a conflict and how you resolved it. What would you
do differently? Why?
Describe your greatest accomplishment.
Tell me about your
experience in this field. What was challenging? What was your contribution?
What are your career goals? How will this program help you
achieve your goals?
What skills do you bring to the program?
Why should we take you and not someone else?
What do you do
in your spare time?
My mentee reported that the mock interview helped her better prepare for the interviews she subsequently had.
For those who have already been through the interview process, are there any other additional questions you think I should add to my list?
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Many of my parents are not aware that they themselves can target their child's language on a more consistent basis than I ever could. This handout was devised to educate parents and let them know that they too have an active role in improving upon their child's language skills. This would be great to give to parents during open school night or parent teacher conferences.
This by no means is an exhaustive list, just things that I've noticed a majority of my students could use improvement upon.
The kind folks at Great Ideas For Teaching have agreed to send one of you lucky readers a copy of one of the four activity books that I've reviewed thus far. As these activity books are priced $29 and above, I encourage you all to spread the word!!
To enter the giveaway, please take a look at the bottom of this post. I'd love to hear which of the workbooks you'd like and why. Please note that comments require my approval prior to appearing (this prevents spambots from leaving odd and irrelevant public comments).
Once a winner is announced, they will be contacted and asked to provide a mailing address so that the book may be shipped.
This door sign was created to deter staff and students from banging on the door while an evaluation is taking place. My previous sign apparently wasn't explicit enough, as students would continue to knock and repeatedly turn my door knob (gotta love it).
As this is my first post for 2013 let me just start off by wishing you all a Happy New Year! I will be reviewing 2 items from Great Ideas for Teaching that can be utilized to target auditory processing skills for those with higher level abilities.
While looking at an image, students are read a story about the picture. Various questions that gauge specific comprehension skills are then asked. Questions are related to sequencing, context clues, inferencing, as well as time and spatial concepts.
The review questions are simple and straightforward, requiring students to recall important details from the brief passages (e.g. What is the horse's name?) Questions get progressively difficult as they prompt students to form their own conclusions, separate subtle information amongst stories, make predictions, and retell the story. See below for sample pages.
I use both books with my students to aggressively target note-taking skills. Middle school is a time to develop and hone the skills needed to succeed in high school, college, and beyond! Instead of having students listen to me read each of the stories, I require them to jot down salient information. Once their notes have been taken, they are encouraged to recap the passage using the information they have recorded. Afterwards, I have a student read the passage back to me while I take my own notes on the whiteboard. This models how students should be taking notes themselves. As a group, we compare their notes with mine and discuss ways to improve upon their notation skills. Another important skill I impress upon my students when note-taking is the use of symbols and abbreviations. It was surprising to see how many of my kiddos were trying to write down the sentences verbatim. Text messaging language is a frequent example I use to drive home the benefits of using shorthand. I also found a handout from the University of North Dakota to be a helpful way to introduce and review abbreviations. There are an infinite amount of resources available for us to utilize with students, but there is also an infinite amount of ways to utilize the resources we already have. Auditory Processing of Higher-Level Language Skills and Comprehending More Complex Auditory Information (Sequencing, Concrete Details, Subtle Clues, Social Language) are both easy to modify and extend into lessons targeting critical thinking, memory, visualization, and so much more!
Disclosure Statement: Great Ideas for Teaching, Inc. provided resources for testing in exchange for a review. The opinions expressed in this review are mine. No other compensation was provided.