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Top 30 High School Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 33
Have you ever taught a class with special needs students, or students with a disability? If so, how did you adjust your teaching style or curriculum?
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Question 2 of 33
Which subject do you most enjoy teaching?
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"I enjoy a wide range of subjects; however, my favorite subject to teach is Chemistry. I like that it's so hands on, and the knowledge can be applied to many other areas of science and even math."
The interviewer would like to know which subjects excite you! Whether you love teaching math, or have a penchant for the arts, show the interviewer that you have a true passion for your craft. There is no right or wrong answer here but be sure to avoid speaking poorly of a certain subject, especially if you may be asked to teach that curriculum down the road.
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Question 3 of 33
How would you handle a student being disruptive in the classroom?
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"As a High School teacher, I have had my fair share of experience with disruptive students. Because I am teaching teenagers, and not children, my philosophy is to treat them the same as an adult. I will let them know that they are being disruptive and will give the student the option of ending the disruption, or leaving the classroom."
The interviewer would like to know more about your style when it comes to corrective discipline in the classroom. As a High School teacher you will come across students who are challenging, or push your limits. That's a given! Show that you can handle the situation professionally and in a way that demands the respect of your students.
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Question 4 of 33
How do you earn the respect of your students?
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"I truly believe that respect needs to be earned, and not demanded. I earn the respect of my students by becoming invested in their education, their performance, and their needs. I make myself approachable and am open to feedback."
The interviewer would like to know how you go about earning the respect of your students. As a High School teacher you must be able to command presence in the classroom while also being a mentor-type that your students feel they can easily approach with questions and other education related needs. Discuss a bit about your work personality, teaching style, and how your students respond to you.
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Question 5 of 33
What qualities do you believe make an excellent teacher?
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Question 6 of 33
What is your teaching philosophy?
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Question 7 of 33
How do want your students to remember you?
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Question 8 of 33
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
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Question 9 of 33
How do you handle stress on the job?
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Question 10 of 33
What motivates you?
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Question 11 of 33
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
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Question 12 of 33
What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?
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Question 13 of 33
What interests you most when it comes to teaching at the High School level?
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Question 14 of 33
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 15 of 33
How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your productivity?
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Question 16 of 33
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
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Question 17 of 33
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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Question 18 of 33
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
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Question 19 of 33
When have you had to lead by example?
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Question 20 of 33
What are you reading right now?
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Question 21 of 33
Out of curiosity, what type of student were you in high school?
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Question 22 of 33
What area of professional development are you currently focused on?
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Question 23 of 33
What is the most challenging part of your job, as a teacher?
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Question 24 of 33
Tell me about a time that another teacher has influenced you.
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Question 25 of 33
How often do you send your students with homework? What is your philosophy on homework?
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Question 26 of 33
Tell me about one of your own teachers that made an impact on you.
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Question 27 of 33
You have been hired as the newest member of our teaching team. How would you first introduce yourself to a group of parents, students, and teachers from our school?
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Question 28 of 33
In your opinion, what is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
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Question 29 of 33
Why are you the best teacher for us?
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Question 30 of 33
How do you prepare students for standardized assessments?
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Question 31 of 33
What is your communication style with the parents of your students?
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Question 32 of 33
Have you ever received an award or special workplace accolade?
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Question 33 of 33
We were initially looking for someone with 5 years' experience in a similar role. Considering you have just 2 years' experience, would you be willing to accept this position at a lower salary?
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User-Submitted Interview Answers

Question 1 of 33
Have you ever taught a class with special needs students, or students with a disability? If so, how did you adjust your teaching style or curriculum?
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I incorporate visuals, text, and collaborative work in all of my lessons. Students have choice when presenting their work, which allows them to use their specific learning style to excel.
2.
I incorporate many activities within each unit that would address diverse learning styles.
3.
I use a number of different methods, beginning with GRR. It allows for many methods of learning, and generates an active classroom.
4.
Inventory of learning styles (parent involvement as well) different ways to teach different lessons SDAIE and other ESL methods.
Question 2 of 33
Which subject do you most enjoy teaching?
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I thoroughly enjoy teaching British Literature. It is remarkable to note how Amercian Lit and Brutush lit are parallel and I enjoy showing the students this.
2.
Any social studies classes.
3.
Reading and writing and lit analysis, critiques, Socratic seminars, lit. Devices, grammar, theatre, speaking and listening.
Question 3 of 33
How would you handle a student being disruptive in the classroom?
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The ground rules are laid out at the start of the year and based on mutual respect, which takes care of a significant amount of classroom issues. If there is a student causing trouble, depending on the severity they may have to be removed immediately. I first use proximity to stop the behavior. Once I am close to the student the behavior should stop. If not, I will tap the desk once and that is a second warning. If the behavior persists and it is disruptive to the class, I will ask the student to meet with me outside of the classroom and have a brief conversation while students are working. If the behavior persists, I will ask the student to leave the classroom and go to the Deans office and wait for me to follow-up with him or her.
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First, I try to change my proximity to the student. Moving closer often makes them aware of their distracting behavior. Then, I may lay my hand on their desk and catch their eyes to communicate. Next I may ask them to move from the distraction, explaining my reason for moving them (learning). There could come a point where I would pull them from the group to have a one-on-one conversation with them.
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I addressed the student by name the first time and gave them a verbal warning and if they continued further action would be required.
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-proactively explain clear expectations and establish routines -1 warning, then private conference sandwhich method -detention, parent contact.
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I use my discipline philosophy to try to help the student.
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Talked to the student for 2 or 3 minutes outside of the classroom.
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Speak individually with the student, determine if the disruption is solely due to behavioral issues, a problem with me or a peer, or a problem with the subject, an inability to do what is asked of the student.
Question 4 of 33
How do you earn the respect of your students?
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I show them I respect them first. I do not believe I have power over my students. The only way to get respect from someone is if you respect them first. I am always there for my students for whatever they may need, extra help, assistance with issues outside of the classroom, I speak to them like the young adults they are, which allows be to build rapport with my students. Without it, the content is irrelevant.
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I believe in order to get respect you must give it. Being consistent with rules and regulations is the key.
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I respect them first. I greet them at the door, ask them about their day, attend their activities. My students know I care about them first and foremost.
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I tell them my own experiences or real life stories from people I know so they know things like this can happen. I also will follow the rules set forth at the beginning of the school year and not vary from the guidelines.
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-clear outcomes/standards -use technology (interactive) -the way I present things (enthusiasm) -approachable -establish culture of it's ok to make mistakes -reward outstanding examples of respect.
Question 5 of 33
What qualities do you believe make an excellent teacher?
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An excellent teacher is organized, flexible, a team player, professional, and committed to her career and students.
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The qualities that make an excellent teacher would empathy, perseverance, and flexibility. I possess each of the character traits. I consistently display an empathetic and caring attitude with my students, parents, and peers. I persevere through any situation - good or bad - to ensure a positive outcome for all. Lastly, being a a high school teacher, I believe one must be flexible, because you never know what is going to happen at any given day.
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An organized leader. A person dedicated to their students growth and learning. A person who is passionate about their subject and perseveres and uses creative approaches to transfer that knowledge to a deeper level within their student.
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Excellent teachers hold high standards for their students, respect and care about them as individuals, are creative planners, and.
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Enthusiasm, Knowledge of subject, flexibility. I have them all.
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Enthusiasm, knowledge of subject, proper planner goal setter,
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Enthusiasm, knowledge of subject, proper planner goal setter,
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I am a very hard worker and always strive to do the best that I can. I am a very determined person and want to help my students to the best of my ability.
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Approachable, Desire to continue learning, relating the subject matter to current issues, making learning fun. I make learning fun and related to current issues.
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Caring about a student's character as well as academic progress dedication, constant reflection willingness to try new things coachable collaborative.
Question 6 of 33
What is your teaching philosophy?
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I believe every student has potential and should work hard to achieve it. I create a student-centered environment where the student is discovering the answer rather than me telling them the answer. It allows student to use their critical thinking skills in order to learn. There is no room for sarcasm inn my classroom from me or my students. Kids are very impressionable and I want my classroom to be a safe environment for everyone.
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My philosophy is centered on the student and facilitating a classroom that helps the students ask questions, wonder, and focus on their own interests. I see my role as a facilitator, as one who attempts to guide a student towards finding a solution to their problem.
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I am a coach; the students should be doing most of the work; I am there to encourage, to inspire self-motivation, to help shape character, to model and challenge. My classroom is student centered and not teacher centered; the students are the stars of the stage.
Question 7 of 33
How do want your students to remember you?
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As someone who challenged them and guided them to towards meeting a challenging goal.
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-truly cared and made learning enjoyable -truly helped them develop and prove their own beliefs, values, etc. -helped them appreciate the power of effective communication.
Question 8 of 33
Tell me about your leadership qualities.
Question 9 of 33
How do you handle stress on the job?
Question 10 of 33
What motivates you?
Question 11 of 33
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.
Question 12 of 33
What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?
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Church; special Olympics; give clean water; Samaritan's Purse; music; support of the arts.
Question 13 of 33
What interests you most when it comes to teaching at the High School level?
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It has always been a goal of mine to teach at the high school level. It is where I feel I should be. I want to be a part of preparing students for the world outside of the high school building, and I know I have the skills to do it.
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As I compare each level, high school is by far the best, because I love the deep levels of analysis and the importance of helping students communicate/debate their ideas. I love reading their writing and seeing their growth. I love being a support and cheerleader for students who do not have support at home.
Question 14 of 33
What are your salary expectations?
Question 15 of 33
How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your productivity?
Question 16 of 33
Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.
Question 17 of 33
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
Question 18 of 33
Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.
Question 19 of 33
When have you had to lead by example?
Question 20 of 33
What are you reading right now?
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Photography, international travel; church, Broncos; summer job.
Question 21 of 33
Out of curiosity, what type of student were you in high school?
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I was a student that always was willing to help other to learn because it made me feel proud of what I did.
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4.0 GPA; advanced classes; very quiet; involved in music; more guy friends.
Question 22 of 33
What area of professional development are you currently focused on?
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The areas of teaching I think I can improve on is creating independent studies for gifted students. Gifted students need to be engaged consistently and I have been working on creating independent projects connected to the content for these students.
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-use of prom. Board -more ESL strategies -online calendar.
Question 23 of 33
What is the most challenging part of your job, as a teacher?
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Today, the most difficult part is dealing with social media in the classroom and how to keep the unmotivated student motivated.
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-very long hours -negative attitudes -lack of accountability.
Question 24 of 33
Tell me about a time that another teacher has influenced you.
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My high school language teacher. She was kind to us all of the time. She showed us respect and expressed that she cared about us as individuals and it is something that has stayed with me for many years.
2.
My college professors and colleagues.
Question 25 of 33
How often do you send your students with homework? What is your philosophy on homework?
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Homework should only be given when it supports the days lesson. Homework should also be differentiated based on student ability, not all students require the same amount of homework. The real learning should happen in the classroom. But, they do need to learn that homework is important because they will need to do a great deal of it in college.
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I give homework if it completely relates to the growth of knowledge on the topic at hand. Students are smart - they see through busy work, and I respect their busy lives. However, I will not hesitate to require them to create something at home that cannot be done with fullness within the classroom.
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Online calendar clear due dates HW every week, but more project-based.
Question 26 of 33
Tell me about one of your own teachers that made an impact on you.
User-Submitted Answers
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Teaching is a mission, not a job. It is one of the most profound careers there is.
Question 27 of 33
You have been hired as the newest member of our teaching team. How would you first introduce yourself to a group of parents, students, and teachers from our school?
User-Submitted Answers
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I would begin by giving them some history of where I come from, why I am in the business of teaching, and what I hope to bring to the school.
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I am proud and excited to be a part of the MHHS community. Team Grizzly is a fantastic environment and I look forward to learning from each of you and sharing all that I have to offer. Passionate about all 4 of the language arts.
Question 28 of 33
In your opinion, what is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
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Interacting with students and helping to prepare them for life.
Question 29 of 33
Why are you the best teacher for us?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
Can bring my experience from several districts and schools and I am committed to helping MHHS students and the whole team.
Question 30 of 33
How do you prepare students for standardized assessments?
User-Submitted Answers
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Focusing on specific standards using data repetition.
Question 31 of 33
What is your communication style with the parents of your students?
Question 32 of 33
Have you ever received an award or special workplace accolade?
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1.
Certifications; recognition; student evals.
Question 33 of 33
We were initially looking for someone with 5 years' experience in a similar role. Considering you have just 2 years' experience, would you be willing to accept this position at a lower salary?

About High School Teacher

June 25th, 2017

High school teachers teach students in grades 9 through to grade 12. They are responsible for the entire spectrum of their students' education, from planning the curriculum and lecturing in the classroom, to setting and grading tests, working one on one with students if necessary and liaising with parents.
A bachelor's degree and a state-issued license or certification are mandatory for anyone wishing to pursue a career as a high school teacher. There are several advancement opportunities in this field with experience and completing of specialty programs. It takes patience, dedication and a passion for teaching to work as a high school teacher. Resourcefulness, excellent communication skills and the ability to build a rapport with high school students are all essential attributes for this role.
Why do you like working with high school students in particular? What do you like best in this role and what do you find especially challenging? What are your thoughts on the current high school curriculum? Are you for giving students homework or against it? These are just some of the questions you can expect to be asked at your interview. You can find many more at Mock Questions.

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