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Wendy Wooten

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¨  Do you ever get some free time?  If you do, what do you do in your free time?
¨  Were there any subjects that you sort of enjoyed?
¨  Do you know other languages besides Latin?
¨  What religion are you interested in learning?
¨  Do kids often disobey you?
¨  Did you ever want to become something else besides a teacher?
¨  Did you ever think teaching was a bad idea?
¨  What are your favorite and least favorite subjects to teach and why?
¨  About what age did you start teaching?
¨  Do you think teaching is fun?  Why or why not?
¨  Why do you think math and science are interesting?
¨  Why did you want to teach high school instead of elementary?

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QUESTION:
Do you ever get some free time?  If you do, what do you do in your free time?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
In my free time I like to do things with my family.  I enjoy doing things with my 2 daughters and my relatives.  I also enjoy outings with friends.

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QUESTION:
Were there any subjects that you sort of enjoyed?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
I enjoyed history and other social sciences because I find it interesting to learn about how mankind has evolved socially.  It is intriguing to learn how they react to physical and social situations, why they have had wars, how and why they make decisions, how they treat each other, what their motives are, etc.

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QUESTION:
Do you know any other languages besides Latin?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
I took 2 years of German in college, and lived in Berlin, Germany for 1 1/2 years, so I am moderately fluent in German.

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QUESTION:
What religion are you interested in learning?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
I have learned about Christianity and Judaism, but I do not know that much about the Muslim or Islamic religions.  I would like to learn about them to help me understand the teachings of those religions.

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QUESTION:
Do kids often disobey you?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
Kids often do things they feel like doing without thinking about the consequences of their actions, not because they are trying to disobey someone.  When that happens, I try to show them that they have to think about how their choices affect not only them, but others as well.  Then we talk about how to make decisions when they want to do things that might have a negative effect on others or even on themselves later on.

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QUESTION:
Did you ever want to become something else besides a teacher?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
At various times, I have thought about being an engineer, an astronaut, and a doctor.  But I think being a teacher is the best fit for me because I love working with kids.

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QUESTION:
Did you ever think teaching was a bad idea?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
No.  I have so much fun working with my students in science and math, and they pay me to do it!

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QUESTION:
What are your favorite and least favorite subjects to teach and why?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
I love teaching science and math, which are the subjects I teach.  In middle school, high school, and college, teachers usually teach the courses that they like, not all subjects like in elementary school.  I love learning, so I don't think there would be a subject I wouldn't like to teach, but I love math and science the most.  The reason I like math and science the most is because of the problem solving that is involved.  There are always new situations with new sets of problems that need to be addressed.  It is exciting and challenging and very rewarding to come up with solutions.

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QUESTION:
About what age did you start teaching?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
I started teaching when I was in graduate school at UCLA.  I was a teaching fellow for biology classes and helped run the labs.

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QUESTION:
Do you think teaching is fun?  Why or why not?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
Teaching is a blast.  You get to work with the kids and share in the learning and discovery process.  It is fun to watch how their minds work and develop.

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QUESTION:
Why do you think math and science are interesting?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
Math and science are all about problem solving.  I think it is really fun to try to figure things out and come up with solutions.  It is like a game that you get to play with your mind and be creative as possible.

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QUESTION:
Why did you want to teach high school instead of elementary?

ANSWER from Wendy Wooten on 13 October 2002:
I would prefer to teach elementary school because that is the foundation for a student's education and therefore is most important.  I did not teach in elementary school because I would have had to go back and take a few more years of education courses at college to get an elementary teaching credential, and I did not have the time or economic means to do that.

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