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| Shane is an English Teacher at the High School level where he teaches English 9 Honors, English 11, Yearbook/Journalism, and AP Seminar.

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Share a time when your lesson did not work. What did you do next?

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  1. 1.

    Share a time when your lesson did not work. What did you do next?

      Every educator will got through an experience when a lesson does not work. This is the time for you to be honest, reflect, and share what you learned in the process. Do not feel sheepish about sharing a time where success did not happen at first. You can still prove success in how your grew from the situation.

      Shane's Answer

      "One time, I taught a lesson on cells. My lesson was confusing, and students had so many questions. By the end of the lesson, we were all exhausted. So, the next class, I had a quick assessment. It asked them to write one thing they learned and write the main thing they were confused about. By the end of that day, students and myself were in better straits."

  2. 2.

    What different learning styles have you used when teaching?

      Learning styles are imperative to any classroom setting. Since every student learns differently, it is important that you use a variety of options to have at your disposal. Share at least two during the interview process, when it comes to this question.

      Shane's Answer

      "When I taught art last year, I used a couple of learning styles to help my students succeed. The first was tactial. Having students get their hands dirty in art is the biggest way they learn, in my opinion. Secondly, I used audible learning styles, where students would learn from one another by listening and taking notes on a variety of art themes we were focusing on."

  3. 3.

    What is the planning process like for the units you create?

      When it comes to the planning process, there should be a few things that a teacher follows. First, they need to have standards backing up their teaching. Next, there needs to be some sort of assessment at the end. Also, teachers should add how to help varied learners achieve success, so everyone does well. Everything else is a cherry on top.

      Shane's Answer

      "As I work to build a unit, I make sure to check out the state standards. When I follow these, I cover what my students need to know to be successful. Next, I end with an assessment each day and end the unit with a final assessment. These should have pre and post statistics to see how the students have improved over time. Lastly, I need to have things intertwined through my lessons that have adaptation for all students to have success."

  4. 4.

    How do you meet the needs of all students in your class?

      Not all students are created as equal. But, teachers still need to engage each one. Share with your interviewer how you have done this in the past. They want to see if you are a one-size-fits-all kind of teacher or a one-hit wonder.

      Shane's Answer

      "One class I used to teach had a student that needed one-on-one attention. So, I would get started with that student, while the rest of the class had an online lecture that I have previously recorded. When I was done with the student, teaching the same material, I would head over to the online lecture students to answer any questions to help them along."

  5. 5.

    What is your reaction when a student or students are bored with your class?

      Students will get bored in your class. Even if you are the most interesting teacher around, this will happen. Share what you have done to try to motivate students and how you do not take these situations personally.

      Shane's Answer

      "When I first started teaching, this would break me. But, as I have grown, I work to not take these situations personally. Instead, I interact with the bored students and try to get them to engage in a way that will excite them. A student finding their 'why' to completing things in my class means the world to me, seeing them strive like never before."

  6. 6.

    What extra-curricular activities have you been a part of?

      Teaching is not the only thing you will do at a school. You are bound to be an advisor for some club or extra-curricular. Share a time you advised one of these things. Or speak to what you would be interested in advising for this new job.

      Shane's Answer

      "I would not say I am a green thumb, but I got asked to be the Green Squad advisor at my last school. My job was simply to have a space for students to work and grow helping the environment. It was student led. I just had to be the adult in the room. I really enjoyed it because I had passionate students who wanted to make a difference."

  7. 7.

    How have you used differentiated instruction when teaching?

      Differentiated instruction is important for any teacher. An interviewer wants to get a sense of how you change up instruction for all types of students in your class. Give a pointed example of how this worked out in your classroom.

      Shane's Answer

      "Instruction has to be different for every student. I remember a time when I had students that were not getting the material I was teaching through PowerPoint. So, the students who got the material moved to the next section. The others that were still struggling worked with me for more individualized training with a different activity. This worked well to differentiate instruction."

  8. 8.

    What requires the most of you as a teacher in a common day?

      Every teacher has something that they put the most energy into at school. This question can have sweeping ranges of answers. But, speak from the heart on where you put the emphasis each day. The interviewer wants to see your passion for the job.

      Shane's Answer

      "Engagement is where I hang my hat. I want my lessons and energy to keep the students connected each day. By the end of every school day, I am tired. After a good night of sleep, I am back to it the next day."

  9. 9.

    How do you interact with a student when they have let you down?

      Never make this interaction about embarrassment or getting even. As a teacher, you are always the bigger person. You should be able to model this. But, be honest with how it made you feel and who the student let down in the process.

      Shane's Answer

      "I was a Yearbook Advisor at the last school. One student had a deadline that they did not complete. In turn, the editor and the rest of the staff had to cover for him. I shared with the student after what they had put the class through. We also discussed how he could work better for the next deadline. In my class, I have a two strike policy. After the second missed deadline, they are out of the class. I am happy to say the student was motivated and worked better as the year went on."

  10. 10.

    How would you report a delicate issue to your superior?

      When it comes to delicate issues, your supervisor needs to know what is going on. Nothing is worse than an administrator hearing about something that they had no idea about. So, get in front of any situation with an email, a face-to-face chat, or a little of both. This is the kind question where you can give a previous example or share how you would handle this kind of situation.

      Shane's Answer

      "In my last school, I had a delicate issue that needed to be handled. I did not allow the situation to fester. As soon as the school day ended, I went to the counselor first to see how I should handle the problem. They advised me to talk to the administration as well. With this in mind, I covered all the bases, and followed the directives of my superiors. This situation was handled appropriately with protocol in mind."

  11. 11.

    What does a typical day look like in your classroom?

      Every teacher has its own typical day. What does it look like for you? This is what the interviewer wants to gain from you. Speak to the nuances that make your class special and unique. Give clarity to your classroom culture, and the interviewer is bound to be impressed.

      Shane's Answer

      "To start my class everyday, I meet my students at the door. There is nothing better than having direct communication with a student as they enter your classroom. Once class starts, I check in with the class, and ask them if they want to share anything (ex. something they have learned, what happened to them last night, etc.) This gives me a chance to get the know the students better and their classmates get to interact in this fun way. To start English, I have a journal session where they have to answer a prompt or write something on their own. I expect them to write a minimum of 5-sentences in a 5-10 minute period."

  12. 12.

    Describe a recent interaction with a challenging student and the parents.

      The interviewer wants to get a sense of how you handle adversity. Behavior is an challenge for any educator. But, how you handle the process is the most important answer to this question.

      Shane's Answer

      "I had a student recently who was acting out in class. I go with the three strikes rule in my classroom. One is a warning. Two is moving the student. And three is an email to the administration and parents. Well, the parents were not too pleased with the process. I reminded them that they had signed my disclosure and this was the procedure in place."

  13. 13.

    Share a example when you have encouraged students to accept each other.

      Not all students are going to get along. This example is a truth of life. But, teachers have an obligation to work through differences between students to see the value in each person. The interviewer wants to see what your style is in this area.

      Shane's Answer

      "I had two students in my class who did not see eye to eye. They had a bit of a scuffle in my class. So, I pulled them both aside after class and we had a discussion. The conversation revovled around how much they knew about each other. After 10 minutes of conversation, they realized that what they thought they knew about each other was not true. They were living on fear and assumptions. They never became friends, but they tolerated each other through the rest of the year."

  14. 14.

    Describe a time when you had to share a tough decision with a student.

      Tough decisions are a part of the teaching process. An interviewer wants to see how your manage and handle difficult times like this. For extra bonus points, share what your learned during this challenging time.

      Shane's Answer

      "One of the hardest times for me involved cutting a student in my class from the basketball team. They were truly one of the last remaining, but I thought another player would fit the team best. I had to tell the player that I cut him. I shared with him what he could improve on for next time. Later on, I had to share with the parents why I had cut their son. Luckily, the administration had my back. But, I learned that times like this are a part of life. I had to make a decision that was best for the team."

  15. 15.

    What is the biggest obstacle you have had to break-through as a teacher?

      Obstacles can happen at any moment for teachers. Share what you learned from the journey. These challenges can be hard, but knowledge can be gained in the process.

      Shane's Answer

      "One obstacle was collaborating with another teacher. Both of us had different teaching styles, but we were asked by the administartion to partner for professional development. We worked thorugh our differences and came up with a lesson that showed flexibiity and a willingness to collaborate."

  16. 16.

    Share a time when you interacted with angry parents who were complaining about your teaching methods.

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  17. 17.

    How do you manage situations when it feels like a class is getting too rowdy?

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  18. 18.

    How do you handle conflict between two students?

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  19. 19.

    What do you do with students who do not complete their homework regularly?

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  20. 20.

    How do you manage your time efficiently?

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  21. 21.

    How do you change up lesson plans when an unforeseen circumstance happens during the day?

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  22. 22.

    What technology do you add to your lessons?

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  23. 23.

    How do you monitor the progress of students?

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  24. 24.

    What have you done when someone has challenged a grade?

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  25. 25.

    Share a recently implemented teaching style you tried. How did the implementation go?

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  26. 26.

    Express a time you gave constructive feedback to a peer. How did the colleague react?

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  27. 27.

    Share a time you received constructive feedback. What was your response?

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  28. 28.

    Explain a time you misled students accidentally. How did you resolve the problem?

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  29. 29.

    When were you most challenged by a student?

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  30. 30.

    How would the typical student describe you?

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