TFA has an exceptional record of providing an excellent education for kids in low-income communities. Based on your website 16 million American children face the extra challenges of poverty, an increasing body of evidence shows they can achieve at the highest levels. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar would always say that failure is not a person its an event. That’s where I come in… as a member of the TFA Corps I am deeply committed to the success of the children in my class and within the school. It takes a community to raise a child. That’s because we all have a stake in the success of these children.
I had to role-play a situation where my principal would not allow my students to take home library materials in order to finish research for their term papers (4th grade... I was being ambitious. ;-) My goal was to convince her to let them have more access to the materials.
I described the situation and asked her to clarify it for me. I then asked for her advice (huge in education administration), and adapted her statements to fit within a plan that would allow my students to have the books in the classroom. Essentially, I led the principal to thinking that she had helped me to develop the answer, which created buy-in. When I offered to do all the leg work with the librarian, she had a win-win situation (and so did I). My interviewer was very impressed that I could both flatter the principal, "seek her advice," and still get what my kids needed. She said that my ability to speak through this negotiation process and how I approached the situation was more important than my actual answer. I.E. how you think is more important, because that means you'll be able to solve the problems that come up as you teach.
It's a tough question to answer because I knew so little about camp city year but I talked about the fact that I had gone to school in New York City so I could bring in a lot of volunteers and I had also run a model UN program for middle schoolers from underserved schools and how that experience was probably very relevant.