1. Tell me why did you choose a teaching career?

prepare a brief explanation. Focus on love of children, desire to give, enthusiasm for learning, and whatever motivated you.

2. Tell us what is your philosophy on teaching?

The answer to this question will be personal to you. Try to work in phrases like “I'm passionate about helping students/children and I find teaching an incredibly rewarding experience.”AVOID saying things like “I'm in it for the paycheck and love my summers off.”

3. Tell me if you have any questions for us?

Always have a couple questions prepared to ask at the end of the interview. Possible questions: “What is it that YOU love about working here?” or “What originally attracted you to work at this school?”

4. Suppose you were a fruit, which fruit would you be and why?

The answer to this will be personal to you, but keep in mind that you may run into questions that you may not be prepared for. Sometimes you will get questions that are meant to “throw you off” a bit. Some are easier than others to improvise with an answer. Just stay calm and answer this question as best as possible. This may be testing to see how you react to unexpected things.

5. Tell me how would you deal with an angry parent if they called you?

Communication is a key part of education, whether it be with a student, co-worker, administrator, or parent. Be sure that you are regular communication with the people around you. Have a specific describable plan to keep parents “in the loop”. Good communication with parents can be an incredible force to get a child to behave and learn in the classroom.

6. Tell me how do you handle a case of a child who is socially isolated?

I feel I must play an important role in the child's development of social competence and friendship skills. I will do my best to help these children develop peer friendships. My responsibilities involve not only imparting academic skills but social skills as well. Some methods are setting up study-buddies, team projects, etc.

7. Tell us how do you keep your subject up to date?

Teachers have to maintain a constantly developing curriculum. In order to give the high quality instruction, you should express your willingness and competence to keep your subject district in line. A strong positive access between a teacher's preparation in their subject issue and their implementation and influence in the classroom is presented in research. Show specific examples of resources which you have to update and improve your subject knowledge such as agreeing with related publications, joining seminars and on-line research.

8. Tell me how do you accommodate for a gifted student in your class?

Let your interviewers know that differentiating instruction is important and that you implement strategies on a regular basis. All students don't learn in the same way, so it is important to present ideas in more than one way. It is also important to engage both gifted and struggling students. Think up a list of ways you differentiate instruction and be prepared to share actual examples.

9. Explain me how do you teach to the state standards?

If you interview in the United States, school administrators love to talk about state, local, or national standards! Reassure your interviewer that everything you do ties into standards. Be sure the lesson plans in your portfolio have the state standards typed right on them. When they ask about them, pull out your lesson and show them the close ties between your teaching and the standards.

10. Explain what are your areas of strength in the curriculum?

You need to have an honest self-evaluation of your strengths. Present a clear understanding curriculum and explain why you consider those special districts as your strengths. Identify strengths that you want to enhance and the steps you will or are following to catch your goals.

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