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Top 25 Kindergarten Teacher Interview Questions

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Why did you choose to be a kindergarten teacher?
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Question 2 of 25
How do you get the respect out of your students?
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"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."
Answer example "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."
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Question 3 of 25
Describe for me a lesson you taught that went very well. Why did the lesson work so well?
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"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."
Answer example "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."
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Question 4 of 25
What steps would you take to handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in your classroom?
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Question 5 of 25
What makes you the best kindergarten teacher available?
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What was the most important thing you learned as a student teacher?
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Question 7 of 25
What bothers you the most about children?
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Question 8 of 25
What makes you passionate about teaching?
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Question 9 of 25
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?
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Question 10 of 25
What were some classes you enjoyed taking while in college?
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Question 11 of 25
How do you teach a classroom of children with differing intellectual abilities?
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Question 12 of 25
How do you accommodate for different students learning styles?
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Question 13 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 14 of 25
What is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
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Question 15 of 25
How do you stay motivated?
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Question 16 of 25
What qualities make an excellent teacher? Which do you possess?
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Question 17 of 25
What are your goals as a kindergarten teacher?
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Question 18 of 25
How would you react if a child accidentally urinated in the classroom?
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Question 19 of 25
What was your best moment as a student teacher?
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Question 20 of 25
What would you consider a successful year as a kindergarten teacher?
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Question 21 of 25
What do you know about our school?
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Question 22 of 25
Why do you want to work at this school?
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Question 23 of 25
How well do you know this community?
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Question 24 of 25
How did you handle a student causing trouble in the classroom?
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Question 25 of 25
What provides you with the greatest joy in being a teacher?
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Question 1 of 25
Why did you choose to be a kindergarten teacher?
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I chose to be a kindergarten teacher not only because I love kids but I also believe kindergarten is one of the most crucial parts of development for kids, it teaches them not only basic learning skills but also basic skills as a civilian.
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To educate childrens in good manner.
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Because I have a natural love for kind and enjoy helping and teaching them and I will patient to teach them.
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I think teaching is the most rewarding job outside of being a parent. I really enjoy the creativeness and inquisitive minds of young learners.
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I chose to teach Kindergarten because I love teaching young children and I am a big believer in early learning.
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I have always enjoyed working with young children and I feel kindergarten would be a great grade to teach because this may be a lot of children's first experience with school and I want to make it a very rewarding experience for them.
Question 2 of 25
How do you get the respect out of your students?
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I get respect from my students by showing an equal amount of discipline and fun in my class room.
Question 3 of 25
Describe for me a lesson you taught that went very well. Why did the lesson work so well?
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I lesson that worked best for me was teaching my students the alphabet, I was a Kindergarden teacher and I had all my students bring in an example for every letter. For example, if that letter of the day was "k" a student could bring in examples like "kites" of a "knot" in a rope.
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I did a lesson on making bridges out of blocks and paper and the students had to see how many flat rocks the bridge would hold before collapsing. The students were very engaged in this lesson and enjoyed counting aloud how many rocks could be added. They also made different size bridges with different sized blocks.
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Because the children able to understand what we teach towards them.
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One particular lesson that I believe was a success was during a first grade lesson on Christopher Columbus. I began the lesson by doing a KWL chart with the class to find out what they know and want to know about him. I then read a story about Christopher Columbus that explained who he was and what he did. Upon completion of the story we filled in our KWL chart with what they learned about him. The children then used PVC pipe cleaners to paint and decorate a "telescope" like Christopher Columbus used on his voyage. While their projects dried I had then create a map that either showed where he traveled to or some things he saw once he arrived in America. The children were then able to use their scopes to move around the classroom and "discover" different students maps.
Question 4 of 25
What steps would you take to handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem in your classroom?
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Will motivate child in their way to make them behave properly.
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Try to determine if there is a reason for the misbehavior. Give the student a chance. If behavior continues I would think about asking the counselor if there was anything going on or big changes in the home. It may require a phone call home. Ask another teacher to observe and get their opinion on the what they think.
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Lots of appropriate modeling of expected behavior. Immediate feedback in kid friendly language. Appropriate consequences when needed. Lots of positive reinforcement to redirect.
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I would come up with some sort of behavior plan or reward system to promote good behavior.
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I'm tey my best to teach a stdent moral lesson.
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I would first try to create a classroom environment that would defer any possible behavior problems. Such as keeping students engaged and actively learning. I would utilize any resources for behavior management while using the PBIS method. I would try to figure out why the child was having a consistent issue by looking at where and when the problems occur. IS there a particular student they are with when problems happen, is it during a specific activity, or is the problem all over the spectrum. If the problem was persistent after my attempts in the classroom I would contact the parents to see if there is any change in their environment at home that could be the source. I would work with the parent to come to a solution as to how we can help their child succeed.
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I would set out to find the reason for this student'a behavioral problems and then work from their. I would also come up with some sort of system to help the student take ownership in his or her behavior.
Question 5 of 25
What makes you the best kindergarten teacher available?
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I feel that I am the best kindergarten teacher available because I know the development of children and how to get each and everyone of my students to prosper socially, mentally and academically. I am a highly qualified teacher and have a strong background in Reading, Writing and Math education. I feel confident that I can make connections with children through learning that will help them with life long skills they need for life and the next grade level.
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I am the best kindergarden teacher available not only because of my experience and background in education but also because of my passion to help and teach the young minds of our great future to become the best that they can be in everything they do.
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My passion to help and teach the young mind of our great future to become the best that can be in everything they do.
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I am passionate about teaching, I am dedicated to everything I do, I have experience teaching Kindergarten, and I am enthusiastic.
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Be patient wit children and always able to move with creative.
Question 6 of 25
What was the most important thing you learned as a student teacher?
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The most important thing I learned as a student teacher is to always be prepared. Majority of the time a student or 2 will not understand the lesson, and thats okay! we all learn differently, so it is important to be prepared by having multiple ways to teach a certain subject until the student understand it.
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Planning has a purpose and student data drives, your instruction.
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That each student is an individual and not all students learn at the same pace.
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To be flexible and able to think on your feet. Sometimes, especially in the younger grades, things do not always go as planned. I saw instances where an entire week long lesson had to be modified because the students did not grasp the lesson and had to be retaught before moving on. I also saw lessons where the concept was grasped quicker than expected and higher level thinking activities had to be added in order to challenge the students and continue their growth.
Question 7 of 25
What bothers you the most about children?
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What bothers me most about children is how connected they can be to technology. I feel kids need to be creative, really get out of whats going on around them, using their own ideas.
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I am not easily bothered by children. If I had to choose something, maybe excessive whining.
Question 8 of 25
What makes you passionate about teaching?
Question 9 of 25
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?
Question 10 of 25
What were some classes you enjoyed taking while in college?
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A few classes I enjoyed while in college were ASL, early childhood development, and psychology. They were all great learning experiences to me and taught me even beyond the course.
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Reading and Early Childhood Classes.
Question 11 of 25
How do you teach a classroom of children with differing intellectual abilities?
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I believe its important to give every child individual attention. I was a struggling student when I was younger so I understand the issues they might have and am willing to accommodate.
Question 12 of 25
How do you accommodate for different students learning styles?
Question 13 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Trying to keep up with technology. I am taking all classes offered within district.
Question 14 of 25
What is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?
Question 15 of 25
How do you stay motivated?
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I stay motivated from watching my students. Seeing them always ask questions and want to figure things out just makes me want to teach them more about the amazing world around them.
Question 16 of 25
What qualities make an excellent teacher? Which do you possess?
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Qualities that make an excellent teacher are patience, a love for kids, creativeness, an understanding of different learning types, and even a little weirdness.
Question 17 of 25
What are your goals as a kindergarten teacher?
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My goals as a kindergarten teacher are to open the minds of my student and really help them advance into 1st grade. I believe that kindergarden is one of the most important grades because it teaches all the basics you will use in the rest of your life.
Question 18 of 25
How would you react if a child accidentally urinated in the classroom?
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I would quietly get the student to the bathroom to help with a change of clothes and get washed up.
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Immediately redirect in a calm way and ask for support in helping the child go in an appropriate setting.
Question 19 of 25
What was your best moment as a student teacher?
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The best moment I had as a student teacher was dealing with a troubled student in the class and helping them learn something that has held them back. It was amazing to see the light finally go on in his head!
Question 20 of 25
What would you consider a successful year as a kindergarten teacher?
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A successful year as a teacher would be knowing confidently that all of my students understand the cricculum as well as had fun learning it.
Question 21 of 25
What do you know about our school?
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I know that your school is one of the best in the area, as well as having the most amazing staff who really communicate and aid their students.
Question 22 of 25
Why do you want to work at this school?
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I want to work at this school because I feel my students will be well taken care of in the future by the amazing staff here, and that I am not alone as a teacher.
Question 23 of 25
How well do you know this community?
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I know this community very well, even though I do not live here I have done much research and found nothing but great things linked back to this school and its students.
Question 24 of 25
How did you handle a student causing trouble in the classroom?
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I handle a student that causes trouble in my classroom by giving the 3 chances. 1st chance is a warning 2nd chance is exemption from an extra (usually fun) activity. And 3rd chance is sometimes a trip to the principle (depending on the citation and how serious it is) and a note home that must be signed by the parent and brought back.
Question 25 of 25
What provides you with the greatest joy in being a teacher?
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The greatest joy in being a teacher is being able to teach but also be taught, kids have such a creative mind that sometimes they are the ones who teach me new ideas and tricks to show back to them.

About Kindergarten Teacher

December 4th, 2014

Kindergarten teachers prepare younger students for future schooling by teaching them basic subjects such as math and reading.

Kindergarten teachers help students learn and apply important concepts. Many teachers use a hands-on approach, such as the use of props, to help students understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical thinking skills.

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