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Elementary Education Interview Questions

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for your interview, you should also review typical elementary educationinterview questions asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interviewing skills section of the SU Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Quinncia or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

Below are sample Elementary Education interview questions.

-What qualities do you feel are most important for a teacher to have?
-What role do state and national standards play in your classroom teaching?
-What grade do you enjoy teaching the most?
-What are the state standards for the grade you hope to teach and how will you incorporate them into your teaching?
-What are the developmental needs and characteristics of children in this grade?
-What subject are you passionate about and how will you share your enthusiasm with your students?
-What would we see if we walked into your classroom?
-Describe your style of teaching and give examples.
-What are your expectations for your students?
-What current reading and math instructional practices are you comfortable using?
-How often will your students be actively involved in cooperative learning?
-Describe your use of auditory, visual, and hands-on teaching techniques.
-What do you consider your greatest teaching accomplishment?
-Share an example of a successful lesson or learning activity that you created and used.
-What kind of relationship do you want to foster with your students?
-What do you do to motivate a student who is failing, just getting by, or who is below grade level?
-How do you differentiate instruction?
-How do you improve student reading comprehension and test scores?
-What are some challenges that you think you would face?
-Describe your ability to use technology and how you would integrate it into your teaching.
-How do you address the various learning styles of your students?
-How do you go about teaching something that is not your strength?
-What are your thoughts about team teaching?
-What resources in the community have you used or do you plan to use in your teaching?
-In what ways do you personally evaluate your teaching?
-What are some educational issues or trends that relate to elementary teaching?
-What experience have you had working with at-risk and/or low income students?
-If an aide was provided, how would you utilize him/her?    
-How do you minimize conflict in your classroom?
-What are your classroom rules and how are they established?
-What routines or procedures would you use and how would you introduce them to your students?
-How do you acknowledge students who are following the rules?
-How do you help students develop problem solving skills?
-What approach to classroom management has worked for you?
-What would you do if your management plan did not work?
-Explain how your past experiences will help you manage classroom behavior.
-Do you use tangible rewards? (See “Rewards in the Classroom”)
-What is your approach to discipline and how do you maintain it?
-Give an example of how you would handle a peer conflict.
-How do you feel about having children with special needs in your classroom?
-What would you do before recommending a child for special services?
-What would you do if:
    >One of your students is homeless?
    >One of your students does not turn in any homework?
    >One of your students refused to do any classroom assignments?
    >One of your students is absent more than he/she attends school?

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