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for Your Teaching Interview
Preparing for a teaching interview is similar to preparing for any
employment interview. Your research and preparation for interview
questions will be more specialized, however, and should focus on the
particular school to which you are applying, your past
education-related experiences and teaching methodology.
Research the School/Board
- What will be the interview format (length, number of
- Who will be interviewing you and what are their positions?
- What is the school like (programs, size, special
- What do you know about the surrounding community (ethnic
groups, housing, services, socio-economic make-up)?
- What local agreements and board policies exist (noon hour
supervision, evaluation of teachers, professional development)?
Possible Interview Questions
- What is the role of the teacher in the classroom?
- How would you describe your last principal?
- What principles do you use to motivate students?
- Describe effective teaching techniques that result in
- How has your education and life experiences prepared you
for this position?
- What is the most exciting thing happening in the area of
- Describe an ideal curriculum in your area of study.
- Describe the physical appearance of your classroom.
- How did you make use of your spare time during
- How much time do you devote to the lecture approach?
- If you could choose to teach any concept in your area,
which would you select and why?
- What rules have you established for your classroom?
- Describe the format you use to develop a lesson.
- What should schools do for students?
- How do you handle the different ability levels of
students in classes?
- How would your students describe you?
- What is the toughest aspect of teaching today?
- What is the role of homework?
- What has been your most positive/negative teaching
- What activities will you sponsor if you are hired for
- What is your system for evaluating student work?
- How would you handle a student who is a consistent
behavioral problem in your class?
- How would you handle a student sleeping in your class?
- What would you do if a student has been absent from your
class for several days?
- What are your practices in dealing with controversial
- What curricular materials have you developed?
- What do you like most about teaching?
- What aspects of teaching do you like least?
- How do you involve parents in the learning process?
- In your opinion, can a school be too student-oriented?
- Why do you want to be a teacher?
- What can you do for this school board?
- What did you get out of your internship?
- What are your strengths and weaknesses?
- How would you respond if a parent said that you marked
- How do you implement career education concepts in your
- Define current curriculum trends in your area.
- Describe independent study projects your students have
- In what professional associations do you hold a
- Could a student of low academic ability receive a high
grade in your class?
- What five words would you use to describe yourself?
- What provisions have you made for the gifted?
- In what areas do you feel you need improvement?
- What is your opinion of holding students after school
- Do you like laughter in your classroom?
- Describe an assignment that you recently gave to
- How do you assist in preventing the destruction of
- What is the role of the student in your classroom?
- What units would you include in teaching?
- Have you supervised student teachers, interns or
- Cite the criteria you would use to evaluate a textbook
for possible adoption.
- What field trips have you arranged for your class in the
- Describe a lesson plan that you have developed? What
were the objectives?
- A student tells you they have been experimenting with
marijuana. What would you do?
- How have your classes made use of the library?
- What should your students gain from taking your class?
- How would you change the school-system if you could make
- How do you cope with stress?
- What two books, concepts or experiences have influenced
you most in your professional development?
- What question have I not asked that you wish I would
- If you are selected for this position, what can we do to
help you become successful?
- In what kind of environment are you most comfortable?
- How do you individualize learning in your class?
- How would you motivate the hard to reach child?
- Describe how you made a contribution in the last job or
activity you were involved in.
- Why did you choose to attend the U of S, and
specifically this particular college?
- Do you consider your education as a valuable experience?
- How did you spend your summers? Why?
- Are your grades indicative of your ability?
- What changes, if any, would you make to your education?
- What type of person do you not get along with?
- How do you handle jobs/tasks that you do not enjoy?
- In less than two minutes, describe yourself.
- What values are most important to you?
- How would you define teaching as a job? As a profession?
- How do you receive feedback? Criticism?
- How will you appraise your teaching performance?
- What do you base student evaluation on?
- Describe a situation in which you had difficulty in
getting along with someone and how you overcame it.
- What are your prominent work habits?
- What limitations do you have that would impact your
performance in this position?
- Why should I hire you?
- If you were hiring a graduate for this position, what
qualities would you be looking for?
- What failures have you experienced and what did you
learn from them?
- What extracurricular activities have you participated in
and what did you gain from them?
- Tell me about a recent problem you have experienced and
how you went about solving it.
Questions YOU can ask:
You should always have questions for the interviewer. Donít ask
questions that have been answered in the interview or that you should know
from your research. These can be asked in the middle of the interview if
they connect to a question asked of you.
- What is the teacher/student ratio in your district?
- Do you encourage teachers to earn advanced degrees?
- How many classes a day will I be expected to teach?
- Tell me about the students who attend this school.
- What textbooks does the district use in this subject area?
- Do teachers participate in curriculum review and change?
- What support staff members are available to help students and
- What discipline procedures does the district use?
- What kind of parental/community support does the school have?
- Do your schools use teacher aides or parent volunteers?
- Does the administration encourage field trips for students?
- How are teachers assigned to extra-curricular activities? Is
- Does the district have a statement of educational philosophy or
- What are the prospects for future growth in this community and
- What is the ethnic
composition of your student
- What is the average tenure
of teachers at this school?
- What would you describe as the ________ departmentís strongest
classroom program or activity?
- When will this position be filled?
- May I tour the facilities, including_______________
- Why is this position vacant?
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Teaching/Education Philosophy Statements
you become a teacher? What do you believe about students learning? How do
you see the role of teachers in a community? All of these questions, and
more, are clarified in your statement of educational philosophy, a document
you likely wrote in your credential program and haven't examined in awhile.
If you never defined your philosophy in the first place, here's how to do
it and an example of how it's done. While studying to be teachers, you
are often asked to write out our personal educational philosophies. This is
not just an empty exercise, a paper only meant to be filed in the back of a
drawer. To the contrary, your educational philosophy statement should be a
document that serves to guide and inspire you throughout your teaching
career. It captures the positive aspirations of your career and should act
as a centerpiece around which all of your decisions rotate.
When writing your educational philosophy statement, consider the
- What do you see is the grander purpose of education in a society
- What, specifically, is the role of the teacher in the classroom?
- How do you believe students learn best?
- In general, what are you goals for your students?
- What qualities do you believe an effective teacher should have?
- Do you believe that all students can learn?
- What do teachers owe their students?
- Your educational philosophy can guide your discussions in job
interviews, be placed in a teaching portfolio, and even be
communicated to students and their parents.
- Sample Teaching Philosophy-I believe the fundamental goal
of teaching is to foster learning. Learning takes place in many
different circumstances and contexts. Although everyone is capable
of learning, a student's desire to learn is a vital pre-condition to
effectively mastering new concepts and skills. Humans have multiple
learning styles: some learn best in lecture atmospheres, some are
motivated by discussion, and others absorb best when they read and
reflect on what they have read. The classroom setting can encourage
or inhibit learning depending on the dominant learning style of each
student. Accommodating different learning styles creates an
atmosphere that is conducive to learning. Students take many of
their learning habits from the instructor. If the instructor doesn't
show interest in the subject and a passion for learning, students
are less likely to put forth the effort to learn in that class. An
instructor must convince students of his or her knowledge and
expertise before they will show a willingness to learn.
My job, as an instructor, is to create an atmosphere that fosters
learning. I am an instructor because I have a passion for guiding
students through the learning process, in addition to a passion for
the material I present. One of the best ways to foster learning is
to demonstrate those feelings to my students. I encourage learning
by creating a relaxed environment for students, stimulating
conversation about concepts being presented and organizing material
in a way that makes it easiest to understand. I treat subject matter
as interconnected, emphasizing that everything students are learning
fits together into a holistic understanding of the world, from which
they develop their personal worldview. I believe this is best
accomplished when I am demonstrating general research methodology. I
demonstrate that learning how to find information applies to all
areas of life and I use topics and examples that are
multidisciplinary. Finally, I believe that respect for my students
is one of the most important things I can show - not only to
encourage their openness to the material I am presenting, but also
to inspire them to respect each other and all other humans.
One of the most important concepts I hope to impart to students is
that learning is a process that never ends. For me, the learning
process includes improving myself professionally. I want to read
more about formal learning theories to expand my understanding of
how learning takes place. As I continue to instruct classes, I also
aim to enhance my ease and confidence in front of classrooms and
audiences. Finally, I plan to experiment with different methods and
means of presenting information to classes in order to improve the
learning atmosphere I create for students.
- PHILOSOPHY OF EDUCATION STATEMENT
Education opens the door to a world of opportunities. As an
educator, I see my role as a guide, leading my students in a quest
to obtain the key (education) and encouraging them to utilize it to
unlock the door to a bright future. To that end, I strive not only
to share my knowledge but also to ignite in my students a passion
for learning that will last a lifetime. Ultimately, my goal is for
each one of my students to become a productive citizen of our world
and to reach his or her full potential in life.
In teaching world languages, I facilitate the learning of speaking,
listening, reading and writing skills in order to prepare my
students to begin communicating in a foreign language while
nurturing an understanding and appreciation of other cultures. The
basic, fundamental skills they master in my class will enable my
students to continue learning languages at the next level and
beyond. Being a passionate, life long learner of languages myself, I
strive to make my passion contagious. To that end, I endeavor to
make my lessons engaging, tapping in to the interests and strengths
of my students as often as feasible by allowing them to decide what
direction to take on various assignments.
Each child is a unique individual whose learning style and attitudes
may reflect his or her own interests, strengths and challenges,
background, beliefs, experiences and personality. Taking the time to
talk with my students, to listen to them, and to observe them in the
classroom prove invaluable tools for me in evaluating their
individual learning styles and attitudes. In turn, the knowledge I
gain aids me in reaching them on an individual level.
- Teaching Philosophy
Keeping the diverse needs of my students in mind, I utilize a
variety of approaches for presenting the material I teach. For
example, I may introduce a concept through a short lecture with
notes on the board, include pair work or a group activity, and then
follow up with a song or game to review the material. I am a strong
believer in the value of homework, as it not only reinforces the
day's lesson but also allows the student the opportunity to evaluate
his or her mastery of the material and to determine which concepts
need more attention.
In assessing progress toward reaching the high expectations I hold
for each student, I offer each child multiple opportunities for
success. Taking into account their diverse learning styles, I
provide students outlets to demonstrate their mastery of the subject
through presentations, projects and writing assignments in addition
to homework, quizzes and tests. I am flexible to employ various
methods of assessment which will allow my students to demonstrate
their learning accomplishments, as I truly desire for every student
to enjoy success in my classroom.
While I guide my students on their learning path, my students will
have the best opportunity for success in life when our entire
learning community--teachers, parents, administrators, and state
officials--works as a team to provide them the best possible
education. Collaborative efforts allow us to learn from each other,
to improve as guides on our quest to educate, and to offer the most
relevant education possible for our students. When we accomplish our
goals to instill a passion for learning, prepare all students to
become productive citizens and to reach their full potential, the
door to opportunity will open wide for every student.
- Teaching Philosophy Statement
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure,
caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature
emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my
desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential
in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports
risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three
elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an
environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the
child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3)
promoting respect for all things and all people.
When the teacher's role is to guide, providing access to information
rather than acting as the primary source of information, the
students' search for knowledge is met as they learn to find answers
to their questions. For students to construct knowledge, they need
the opportunity to discover for themselves and practice skills in
authentic situations. Providing students access to hands-on
activities and allowing adequate time and space to use materials
that reinforce the lesson being studied creates an opportunity for
individual discovery and construction of knowledge to occur.
Equally important to self-discovery is having the opportunity to
study things that are meaningful and relevant to one's life and
interests. Developing a curriculum around student interests fosters
intrinsic motivation and stimulates the passion to learn. One way to
take learning in a direction relevant to student interest is to
invite student dialogue about the lessons and units of study. Given
the opportunity for input, students generate ideas and set goals
that make for much richer activities than I could have created or
imagined myself. When students have ownership in the curriculum,
they are motivated to work hard and master the skills necessary to
reach their goals.
Helping students to develop a deep love and respect for themselves,
others, and their environment occurs through an open sharing of
ideas and a judicious approach to discipline. When the voice of each
student is heard, and environment evolves where students feel free
to express themselves. Class meetings are one way to encourage such
dialogue. I believe children have greater respect for their
teachers, their peers, and the lessons presented when they feel safe
and sure of what is expected of them. In setting fair and consistent
rules initially and stating the importance of every activity,
students are shown respect for their presence and time. In turn they
learn to respect themselves, others, and their environment.
For myself, teaching provides an opportunity for continual learning
and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of
learning in my students, as I share my own passion for learning with
them. I feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and
dedicated individuals who are excited about working with children.
In our competitive society it is important for students to not only
receive a solid education, but to work with someone who is aware of
and sensitive to their individual needs. I am such a person and will
always strive to be the best educator that I can be.