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Assistant Principal Interview

30 Assistant Principal Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
| Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
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When have you worked together with teachers to create a higher standard or a better way of teaching?

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    When have you worked together with teachers to create a higher standard or a better way of teaching?

      This question is designed to see how well you collaborate with teachers to achieve desired outcomes. Interviewers want to know that you understand the importance of teachers and the vast knowledge they have of the classroom. Show that you are able to collaborate well with the teachers on your roster.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "A couple of students from different classes had discipline issues, and I held a meeting with everyone to discuss the cases and how to work on them. We shared our experiences and success stories and came up with a communication workshop for those students instead of sending them to detention or suspending them."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Recently, a group of teachers and I worked together to bridge some of the lesson plans from various classrooms. We wanted to add value to our classrooms with the goal of introducing a more holistic approach to teaching and learning. We implemented technology to help students stay on track and held peer work sessions before/after school where students could share their learnings."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "Once, I organized a professional development day for 14 teachers who taught the same subjects. I wanted them to compare experiences and learn from each other. The teachers at my school benefitted from hearing other approaches to teaching."

      Anonymous Answer

      "We have just introduced Math Google Sites. After the Google summit held here at EMS, one of the teachers was excited about the idea and brought it to me. We took it to administrative, and they loved it. Since September we have been teaching Math Units through Google Sites as well as our Poetry Unit. We plan on adding other Units as well. Parents and students love the idea of having access at home to what is being taught in class."

      Rachelle's Answer

      This sounds like a very exciting initiative, and your enthusiasm really shines through here!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "I have been on the English Language Arts curriculum writing team for the last five years. I have collaborated on writing, reading, and word study with a team of 3 other people and have written the 4th-grade curriculum. I went through the training to learn how to write district benchmarks. I was also a Lab classroom teacher for two years for ELA. I would have 25 teachers come into my classroom four times per year and they would observe me teaching a lesson. This was my district-wide experience but on my team we data team every week to assess how to use our RTI time most effectively. We look at our CFA's and then divide them into groups so that each grouping is very strategic. We decide which teacher should take specific groups according to that teacher's strengths. The student then changes classes for that time. We set Smart Goals and usually do multiple rounds of instruction and reassessing before we end a cycle."

      Alexandra's Answer

      This is a good start to your answer. This clearly displays how you've collaborated with teachers. However, it's a bit unclear where the example of "creating a higher standard" or "better way of teaching" comes in. I recommend revising your answer so that part is very clear.

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