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Behavioral Questions for a Teacher

To help you prepare for your teacher interview, here are 30 behavioral teacher interview questions and answer examples.

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What different learning styles have you used when teaching?

How to Answer

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.

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List Of 30 Behavioral Interview Questions for a Teacher

  • 1.

    What different learning styles have you used when teaching?

      How to Answer

      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.

      Written by Shane Reinhard on March 19th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "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."

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  • 2.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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      1st Answer Example

      "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."

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  • 3.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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      1st Answer Example

      "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."

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  • 4.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 5.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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

      How to Answer

      When students are mad about your teaching methods, you are bound to have angry parents to boot. Combat this issue by speaking to how you connect your lessons to school, district, and state standards. Additionally, share the value of your style, but be willing to discuss with the parents how you can help their child.

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  • 7.

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

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      Rowdy classes happen at different times, maybe after lunch or right before Spring Break. Whatever the reason, quality teachers know how to shut these situations down. Speak to rules or protocol you use to put a damper on these type of classes.

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  • 8.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 9.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 10.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 11.

    How do you handle conflict between two students?

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      Two students having a conflict is nothing new. Classes will be full of students who do not like each other. But, it is your job as an educator to show students how to model this appropriately. Share a protocol or consistent method that you have used over the years to back your answer.

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  • 12.

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

      How to Answer

      All teachers want to educate straight A students. But, many of your students will not be that. An interviewer wants to see how you handle students who do not turn in assignments. Explain how you try to help them onward toward success.

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  • 13.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 14.

    How have you used differentiated instruction when teaching?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 15.

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

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      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.

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  • 16.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 17.

    How do you manage your time efficiently?

      How to Answer

      Time management is a skill that not all teachers possess. The interviewer wants to see how well you succeed in this area or not. Give a specific example of when you used your time effectively. No school wants their time wasted.

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  • 18.

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

      How to Answer

      Unforeseen circumstances play out every day in schools. Being a flexible teacher is a big part of the profession. The interviewer wants to see how you adapt and morph in these type of situations. Be honest about how you have grown in this area, too. Seeing transparency can go a long way here.

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  • 19.

    What technology do you add to your lessons?

      How to Answer

      Technology is a part of every classroom in the 21st Century. Schools want to know how you are implementing the technology appropriately and effectively. Think back through your years of teaching and pinpoint a piece of technology that made your class worthwhile. Students enjoying learning with technology makes all the difference in the world.

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  • 20.

    How do you monitor the progress of students?

      How to Answer

      Monitoring the process of students is a big part of teaching. Without it, students, parents, schools, and districts do not really know how students are doing with the curriculum.

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  • 21.

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

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 22.

    What have you done when someone has challenged a grade?

      How to Answer

      Challenging a grade you have given will happen for every teacher at some point. An interviewer wants to make sure that you have protocols in place and direct communication in these experiences.

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  • 23.

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

      How to Answer

      Trying new things makes a class fresh and exciting. Interviewers want to see you get out of your comfort zone to give students opportunities like never before. Think about a time when your teaching style was adapted and things went well or you learned something from it. Both examples will do you justice.

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  • 24.

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

      How to Answer

      Not only will you receive constructive feedback in your tenure. But, you will also have times to give that same constructive feedback. With this question, the interviewer wants to see how you handled a situation like this and what the response was back to you. Be specific and share something that made an impact one way or another. Also, do not feel bad about sharing a time when constructive feedback was not well-received. Many times, this has more to do with the person you gave feedback to rather than yourself.

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

      How to Answer

      Constructive feedback is a necessary tool to improve and develop as an educator. However, it is also telling if an educator uses it as a valuable method or if it effects them negatively. An interviewer wants the interviewee to handle constructive feedback maturely. This way, a healthy culture can be brought to the forefront of every school and work atmosphere.

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  • 26.

    What does a typical day look like in your classroom?

      How to Answer

      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.

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  • 27.

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

      How to Answer

      For this example, you are bound to mislead students at some point. Most times (hopefully), your misstep was purely accidental. But, what an interviewer wants to hear is how your corrected it. We all make mistakes, but how do we change the course and fix the problem.

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  • 28.

    When were you most challenged by a student?

      How to Answer

      Every teaching situation involves some sort of challenge. The interviewee needs to come up with an example that is common in teaching. Then, you can explain away as to how you worked to come up with a solution to the problem. Solutions are the best way for an interviewer to get an understanding of what the individual is like.

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  • 29.

    How would you report a delicate issue to your superior?

      How to Answer

      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.

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    How would the typical student describe you?

      How to Answer

      As an interviewee, you need to build yourself up here. Think through how the majority of students would view you and your teaching. Share some of the moments where students praised you for the things you did in class. These are the things that interviewers want to hear about. Then, the interviewer can imagine how students will interact with your teaching style.

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