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25 Questions and Answers by Ryan Brown

Updated August 30th, 2018
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Describe for me a lesson you taught that went very well. Why did the lesson work so well?
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Share a positive experience from one of your lesson plans and why it was so successful. Have fun with this question and brag about the work you did while gaining this positive experience.
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1.
Describe for me a lesson you taught that went very well. Why did the lesson work so well?
Share a positive experience from one of your lesson plans and why it was so successful. Have fun with this question and brag about the work you did while gaining this positive experience.

Ryan's Answer
"Last year, I taught a class lesson on learning the alphabet and it went very well. We worked in small groups and created meaningful queue cards for each letter that resonated with the creative and logical learning style. Students had fun, learned in a way that they also made friends, and created a great tool to take home to their families."
2.
What frustrates you the most about children?
Provide the interviewer with an honest answer and place a positive spin where possible.

Ryan's Answer
"I do not think a person who is bothered or frustrated by children should seek out a career as a Kindergarten teacher. That said, working with young children, like any other profession, presents its own challenges. These are part of what makes my work very rewarding."
3.
You have been hired as the newest member of our teaching team. In fewer than five minutes, how would you introduce yourself to a group of parents, students, and teachers from our school?
The interviewer will be interested in how you approach introductory sessions and the information you will share with the people you will work with.

Ryan's Answer
"That is great news! I will introduce myself with my name, a bit about my background, a smile and a handshake. I will express to the team that I am very glad to be its new member. I will set expectations of what to expect from me and my teaching style - from parents, to students, and other teacher peers. To end, I will share that I am excited to work with and learn more about everyone while making a lasting impression on our school year together."
4.
What is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
Share your insights for why teaching is so rewarding as a profession.

Ryan's Answer
"I have always been found molding young and inquisitive minds for the future and leaving a lasting positive impression for learning on students to be some of the most rewarding aspects of teaching."
5.
How do you teach a classroom of children with differing intellectual abilities?
Provide an answer to the interviewer that shows how you incorporate differing intellectual levels into your teaching style.

Ryan's Answer
"My effectiveness as a teacher centers around my ability to adapt my teaching style to different learning methods, offering all students the opportunity to experience different styles. Being mindful of differing intellectual abilities, I take this into consideration when creating small group workings, etc."
6.
How well do you know this community?
Share the level in which you know the area. If you are from the area, share experiences you have had with the educational system or community programs in which you are involved. If you are just moving to the area, share what specific items led you to live there and how you acclimated through community events/programs.

Ryan's Answer
"Having grown up in the local area, I am very familiar with the community and local networks that this school is located. It is my home and part of the reason I am so passionate about making a difference within it. I participate, with many other mothers, in a Junior's Women's Club in this area. Every week, I join together with families from this community to volunteer our time to feed the homeless nearby. I am part of an exercise club that meets every day and a book club that meets once a week. This community is comprised of great people that shares some of the same values of this educational institution."
7.
Why did you choose to be a kindergarten teacher?
The interviewer will be interested in learning what lead you to choose a career in education at the kindergarten level. Now is your chance to explain your passion for working with children and helping students learn. It's okay if you have recently decided to become a kindergarten teacher, just explain to the interviewer the decisions that lead you there.

Ryan's Answer
"I have always been passionate about a career that involves molding young and inquisitive minds for the future."
8.
What was the most important thing you learned as a student teacher?
The interviewer will be interested in take aways from your learning experience as s student teacher. Now is your opportunity to highlight on details of student teaching and meaningful take aways from working with young students in the classroom.

Ryan's Answer
"My experience as a student teacher has prepared me for being a kindergarten teacher. Specifically, working with integrative lesson plans and adapting teaching methods to meet the needs of various learning styles in a classroom."
9.
What makes you the best kindergarten teacher available?
You will want to articulate what separates you from the other candidates interviewing to be a kindergarten teacher. Now is your opportunity to shine and boast about any relevant credentials you have. Take the opportunity to speak confidently and brag about what you bring to the table.

Ryan's Answer
"I take pride in my role as a teacher and shaping young minds is something which I have a vested interest. Outside of the classroom, I value building meaningful relationships with student families to transparently communicate the happenings in our classroom and the progress of their student."
10.
What steps would you take to handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in your classroom?
Share your approach in steps to handling problem students in the classroom.

Ryan's Answer
"I value conflict resolution and would take the approach to handle the issues with humility and the intent to resolve the issue, while bringing understanding to the student. When necessary, I will engage the student's parents to gauge their home life and enlist their support in coaching the young child."
11.
How do you get the respect out of your students?
Share your approach to earning respect as a teacher and the value you place on this through your teaching.

Ryan's Answer
"Like with anything, respect is often earned through relationship building and credibility. From the first day, I take pride in learning about my students and sharing the same about me. We bring fun learning experiences to our lesson plans and work that targets all different learning styles to create an environment where respect is valued."
12.
What makes you passionate about teaching?
Share with the interviewer why you are passionate about teaching at the kindergarten level. Take the opportunity to brag about what life events or experiences led you to a career in teaching. Share a memorable story where applicable.

Ryan's Answer
"Teaching kindergarten is the first year of formal education and my passion stems from creating a foundation where there is a strong interest in learning for the rest of a student's educational career."
13.
What were some classes you enjoyed taking while in college?
You want to provide an answer that gives insight to the subjects you enjoyed while in school, preferably complimentary of that of a teacher.

Ryan's Answer
"As a teacher, I am passionate about learning at the fundamental level. I enjoyed coursework around communication, creativity, writing, and working with people. I apply my own educational learnings to my integrated approach to teaching."
14.
What provides you with the greatest joy in being a teacher?
Reiterate to the interviewer what aspects of teaching provide you with the greatest joy. Tie this in to your love of learning and approach to teaching/learning. Now is your chance to radiate with passion about the career path you choose and why you continue to follow its path.

Ryan's Answer
"Being a teacher provides me with the greatest joy - and mostly, this is because it allows me to work with young students early in their educational career. I always remembered my experiences in kindergarten and the fun learnings we had with our teacher. I strive to create that same experience for each of the students in my classroom."
15.
How do you stay motivated?
Share what motivates and drives you to be better as a teacher every day. Take the opportunity to share practices you utilize in your personal life to improve as a professional (such as reading, networking, group events, etc.) The more passion you have for staying motivated and learning, the better!

Ryan's Answer
"I am always striving to be better at as a teacher and am often motivated by learning from my students, as well as my peer teachers and parents."
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Interview Questions
  1. Describe for me a lesson you taught that went very well. Why did the lesson work so well?
  2. What frustrates you the most about children?
  3. You have been hired as the newest member of our teaching team. In fewer than five minutes, how would you introduce yourself to a group of parents, students, and teachers from our school?
  4. What is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
  5. How do you teach a classroom of children with differing intellectual abilities?
  6. How well do you know this community?
  7. Why did you choose to be a kindergarten teacher?
  8. What was the most important thing you learned as a student teacher?
  9. What makes you the best kindergarten teacher available?
  10. What steps would you take to handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in your classroom?
  11. How do you get the respect out of your students?
  12. What makes you passionate about teaching?
  13. What were some classes you enjoyed taking while in college?
  14. What provides you with the greatest joy in being a teacher?
  15. How do you stay motivated?
  16. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
  17. How do you accommodate for different students learning styles?
  18. What qualities make an excellent teacher? Which do you possess?
  19. How did you handle a student causing trouble in the classroom?
  20. Why do you want to work at this school?
  21. What do you know about our school?
  22. What would you consider a successful year as a kindergarten teacher?
  23. What was your best moment as a student teacher?
  24. How would you react if a child accidentally urinated in the classroom?
  25. What are your goals as a kindergarten teacher?
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