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Math Curriculum Specialist interview questions shared by candidates

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Math Curriculum Specialist was asked...28 January 2017

### What part of Mathspace would educators use daily in their classroom?

He wanted me to say statistics. Since I don't know what statistics can be obtained, I didn't say this. Less

### Three boxes in a room, a key is in one of them. The gold box has "the key is in the gold box" written on it. The bronze box has "the key is NOT in the gold box" written on it. The silver box has "the key is NOT in the silver box" written on it. Exactly ONE of these statements is true. In which box is the key?

I said silver because it's in the silver

### How would you explain how to add 1/4 + 3/8 to a struggling student? (in the context of getting a question wrong on the website)

bar models alongside the fractions to illustrate the need for common denominators Less

### asked me to explain how i would teach a particular standard in pre-calculus.

i explained the process

### How would you make an ordering fractions problem? How would you represent it?

Tried to convey how you could make these problems fun but again was confused if they mean how we would represent it on the computer or the curriculum behind it.... Less

### During the phone screening, I was asked to explain how I would teach the concept of inverse functions.

I started with an example and then covered the general idea of an inverse function. Less

### Phone Screen: -why do you want to work for IXL? -what are some things we can improve on? What did you like? -how would you teach system of equations to an 8th grader? -what do you think an 8th grader would struggle with when learning about a system of equations? -what would an easy problem look like related to a system of equations? -what kind of problem would you write that we don't already have for a system of equations? Written: -given a piecewise function, fix the explanation. -given a third grade Problem on a specific standard, fix the problem and explanation. -pick one of the problems you worked on and list how you would make it more difficult or easier and your rationale. -pick one of the problems and describe how your explanation would change if one of the equations changed.

This is still the same interview 2 years later. I honestly do think the people conducting the review are scared people with years of experience wil ultimately out preform them or put them out of a job. Honestly if you are young with only a year experience and answer the questions right you wil get the job. Less

### How would you define the problem space for solving systems of two linear equations using elimination?

only intersecting lines (i.e., no problems with infinite solutions or no solution) -- only integer coefficients written in standard form -- easiest would be when you can directly add equations to eliminate a variable, next would be the need to multiply one equation, hardest would be the need to multiply both equations to eliminate a variable Less

### What is your opinion of ALEKS and MyLabsPlus.

ALEKS is great at building foundational skills that's individualized for each student. MyLabsPlus just doesn't do this. Less