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How would you rank these in importance and why? Planning, discipline, methods, evaluation.
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List of Elementary Teacher Interview Questions
  1. How would you rank these in importance and why? Planning, discipline, methods, evaluation.
  2. How would you apply technology to enhance daily instruction and increase student learning?
  3. What would you do if 50% of a class did poorly on a test?
  4. Do you believe you should build rapport with students? If yes, how?
  5. Have you ever considered publishing a book?
  6. What attracted you to this school?
  7. What are your computer skills? What computer software have you used?
  8. How do you deal with the unmotivated student?
  9. How do you encourage students to learn? Can a student be forced to learn?
  10. If a student came to you and said, 'None of the other students like me,' what would you tell him/her?
  11. How would you weigh a plane without scales?
  12. What would you tell a parent who complained about his/her child not having enough homework?
  13. What activities has technologies replaced in your lessons, if any?
  14. What's the last book you read?
  15. What are your weaknesses?
  16. Do you have any questions for me?
  17. Tell me about some specific motivational strategies you use to get students excited about a project.
  18. Are you comfortable with the use of technology in the classroom?
  19. What would you do if your Principal made a decision you did not like?
  20. How do you feel about computers in the classroom?
  21. Why is your GPA not higher?
  22. What do you feel are the most important factors in classroom control?
  23. How closely do you follow your plans?
  24. Do you prefer to do long term or short term plans? How do you plan for instruction?
  25. What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?
  26. How can you tell that a person is a good listener?
  27. Are you an empathetic person? Give an example.
  28. Give me examples of ideas you've had and implemented?
  29. Was there a person in your life who really made a difference?
  30. What is the toughest problem you've had to face? And how did you overcome it?
  31. How do you handle stressful situations?
  32. What is your greatest strength?
  33. What is your philosophy towards work?
  34. Are you a team player?
  35. If I were your principal and we were setting goals for next year, what would they be?
  36. If a student said she thought you were the worst teacher she ever had, what would you say?
  37. Are you a positive and energetic person?
  38. Have you ever taken care of someone? Did you enjoy it?
  39. Why did you decide to become a teacher?
  40. What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?
  41. If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
  42. How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
  43. What do you like to do in your spare time?
  44. What are you most proud of?
  45. Are you constantly searching for things you can show, tell, or demonstrate to students? Tell us about some recent discovery, something that you have found.
  46. Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
  47. It seems like there is never enough time to cover the curriculum or to get children to master content and skills. Would you comment on that?
  48. What challenges are you looking for in a position?
  49. Why are you the best person for this job?
  50. What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
  51. How do you feel when a student fails?
  52. What techniques would you use to be sure that students understand?
  53. If students were having difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
  54. What was your most rewarding experience during student teaching?
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Elementary Teacher Information
August 28th, 2017

Elementary teachers specialize in teaching students from kindergarten to fifth grade. These specialist teachers are responsible for all aspects of their students' education, from planning and delivering lessons, to assessing their students' progress and liaising with their parents. This is an immensely satisfying job but it can also be very demanding as it involves dealing with younger children for several hours at a time.
Public schools require elementary teachers to have a minimum bachelor's degree in elementary education. Majoring in a specific field such as math or English can open up more employment and advancement avenues. If you have a bachelor's degree in some other field, you can still become an elementary teacher by completing a graduate education program. Elementary teachers must be patient and empathetic and must have great communication and interpersonal skills.
Your interview will most likely be conducted by an interview panel consisting of the principal of the school, the Head of the primary section and a few other faculty members. Don't get unnerved by the number of people on the panel. Stay confident and focused on emphasizing your skills and expertise that make you the perfect candidate for the job. Before you go for the interview, spend some time practicing your answers to some of the more commonly asked questions. You can find these listed at Mock Questions.


Elementary Teacher User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 54
How would you rank these in importance and why? Planning, discipline, methods, evaluation.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Evaluation, planning, methods, discipline.
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Well.. I would rank these as 1. Discipline,2. Evaluation,3. Planning,4. Meth to start a work, one should plan first.Because during the planning stage you decide how to implement other areas.. Evaluation is important for checking that how effective your methods are.
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Planning, methods, evaluation, discipline.
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Planning, discipline, methods evaluation.
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How would you incorporate technologies in your classroo m.
Question 2 of 54
How would you apply technology to enhance daily instruction and increase student learning?
Question 3 of 54
What would you do if 50% of a class did poorly on a test?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I think it is important to assess the test, and determine if the test was accurate and whether students did not do well on the same questions. If the test was not the reason, then the instructor needs to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the instruction, and modify the instruction. Use more examples, incorporate more technology or create a hands-on activity. In the short term, I would redo the lesson, provide structured notes, and tutoring
Question 4 of 54
Do you believe you should build rapport with students? If yes, how?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Do you believe you should build rapport with students? If yes, how?
Question 5 of 54
Have you ever considered publishing a book?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I have thought about publishing a book on classroom management.
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Yes! I am always thinking of publishing, I feel like ideas are often bursting out of me.
3.
I actually have thought about writing a childrens book about animals. I have my B.A. in English and feel that writing and reading is one of my strengths as a teacher. I also really enjoy animals.
Question 6 of 54
What attracted you to this school?
Question 7 of 54
What are your computer skills? What computer software have you used?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would call myself proficient. I use the Smart Notebook programs to create interactive pages, I can record and play back from the Smartboard, I create both linear and non linear powerpoints, podcasts, and have some experience in creating websites. I am always willing to learn more! I love technology and integrating into the class so that students are able to use it independently and as a tool to drive their learning.
Question 8 of 54
How do you deal with the unmotivated student?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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It is really about getting to know your students and know what motivates them. If a student is more likely to participate in social activities, then perhaps partner work is a better fit. Talking to the student and finding out their interests, and offering appropriate incentives can also lead to their taking a more active role. It would also be vital to get the family on board as much as possible. Daily or weekly reports home might be tied to an incentive at home.
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Find out their interest/s incorporate them in my lessons.Do a research on ways to motivate students. Do things that will motivate them to learn.Ask other colleagues or parents for ideas.
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Find out what is causing the student to feel unmotivated, and work individually with the student to give the student the feeling of belonging. Also, praise the student regularly when he achieves something or participates.
Question 9 of 54
How do you encourage students to learn? Can a student be forced to learn?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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You cannot force a student to learn but you can make learning engaging enough that students cannot help themselves. It all goes back to knowing your students. If you planned a lesson and halfway through you see your students are no longer paying attention or they are getting antsy, it is time to try something else. Even if it is just a quick break and then back to work. We need to adjust as we go along and not just barrell through. We will meet our objective more effectively if we take the time to give breaks, check for understanding, and find content related materials that fit the students interests.
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A student cannot be forced to learn.to encourage my students to learn I plan differentiated lesson,I allow them to participate actively throughout the lessons, I create a classroom community that will encourage them to feel a sense of belonging ,generosity, competent and independence.
Question 10 of 54
If a student came to you and said, 'None of the other students like me,' what would you tell him/her?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I would ask them why they felt this way. I would then do some classroom activites that built team work so they had the oppturtunity to work with others and build bonds.
2.
I would ask the student to tell me more showing empathy. During class have each side t write a positive sentience about the students at their table and complie this list to give students. I would also make sure they were not being bullied
Question 11 of 54
How would you weigh a plane without scales?
Question 12 of 54
What would you tell a parent who complained about his/her child not having enough homework?
Question 13 of 54
What activities has technologies replaced in your lessons, if any?
Question 14 of 54
What's the last book you read?
Question 15 of 54
What are your weaknesses?
Question 16 of 54
Do you have any questions for me?
Question 17 of 54
Tell me about some specific motivational strategies you use to get students excited about a project.
Question 18 of 54
Are you comfortable with the use of technology in the classroom?
Question 19 of 54
What would you do if your Principal made a decision you did not like?
Question 20 of 54
How do you feel about computers in the classroom?
Question 21 of 54
Why is your GPA not higher?
Question 22 of 54
What do you feel are the most important factors in classroom control?
Question 23 of 54
How closely do you follow your plans?
Question 24 of 54
Do you prefer to do long term or short term plans? How do you plan for instruction?
Question 25 of 54
What are the qualities of a good leader? A bad leader?
Question 26 of 54
How can you tell that a person is a good listener?
Question 27 of 54
Are you an empathetic person? Give an example.
Question 28 of 54
Give me examples of ideas you've had and implemented?
Question 29 of 54
Was there a person in your life who really made a difference?
Question 30 of 54
What is the toughest problem you've had to face? And how did you overcome it?
Question 31 of 54
How do you handle stressful situations?
Question 32 of 54
What is your greatest strength?
Question 33 of 54
What is your philosophy towards work?
Question 34 of 54
Are you a team player?
Question 35 of 54
If I were your principal and we were setting goals for next year, what would they be?
Question 36 of 54
If a student said she thought you were the worst teacher she ever had, what would you say?
Question 37 of 54
Are you a positive and energetic person?
Question 38 of 54
Have you ever taken care of someone? Did you enjoy it?
Question 39 of 54
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
Question 40 of 54
What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?
Question 41 of 54
If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?
Question 42 of 54
How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
Question 43 of 54
What do you like to do in your spare time?
Question 44 of 54
What are you most proud of?
Question 45 of 54
Are you constantly searching for things you can show, tell, or demonstrate to students? Tell us about some recent discovery, something that you have found.
Question 46 of 54
Where would you like to be in your career five years from now?
Question 47 of 54
It seems like there is never enough time to cover the curriculum or to get children to master content and skills. Would you comment on that?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Yes that may be correct in someways , however to maximize students leaning a teacher should be able to spread the content throughout all subjects areas. Example math and reading can be incorporated throughout the day. 1st graders need to learn site words (hide them throughout the room and make a reward for the student who finds the most.
Question 48 of 54
What challenges are you looking for in a position?
Question 49 of 54
Why are you the best person for this job?
Question 50 of 54
What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
Question 51 of 54
How do you feel when a student fails?
Question 52 of 54
What techniques would you use to be sure that students understand?
Question 53 of 54
If students were having difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Question 54 of 54
What was your most rewarding experience during student teaching?
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