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Math Teacher Mock Interview

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What do you feel is the most effective way to communicate with parents?

How to Answer

The answer to this question varies depending on your communication experience and style. Usually, good parent-teacher communication is oriented at open discussion and problem-solving if the parent or teacher has concerns about their child.

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List of 25 Math Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    What do you feel is the most effective way to communicate with parents?

      How to Answer

      The answer to this question varies depending on your communication experience and style. Usually, good parent-teacher communication is oriented at open discussion and problem-solving if the parent or teacher has concerns about their child.

      1st Answer Example

      "I prefer to have open and honest communication. I often ask parents first about how they feel their child's progress is, and then provide my perspective. Giving them a chance to share brings down their defenses and creates a more open channel of communication."

      Community Answer

      "1. Keeping Grades Updated

      2. Sending out an email that has my syllabus and ways to contact me

      3. Through Google Classroom or a comparable site, sending out my weekly plans

      4. Contacting parents for personal conversations."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      These are all fantastic ways to communicate with parents clearly and also consistently. Great approach!

  • 2.

    How do you get students engaged in the problem solving process?

      How to Answer

      There are many ways to get students to become engaged in the math solving process. Good ways to motivate students include a reward system to keep track of progress, or group work by teaming up different leveled students together.

      1st Answer Example

      "I think the best way I've used to get students to be more engaged is to put them in groups and set up a problem solving competition over a semester. I think a little positive competition is necessary and a good motivator. Throughout the semester the group will work together to do worksheets, projects, reports, and peer assessments together. This helps students feel like they're part of a group and not left to solve problems on theri own."

  • 3.

    What is your homework philosophy?

      How to Answer

      Good answers here will focus on consistency and self-reflection, to some extent. Show the interviewer that you're not a lenient teacher and expect students to be responsible.

      1st Answer Example

      "My homework philosophy is: do it to the best of your ability. If there's a problem you can't solve, work halfway through it, show your work, and mark it so you can bring your questions to class. If there are answers in the book and they're asked to check, I do expect them to check and go through their work again so we can use class time efficiently and so students can keep track of their own progress."

      Community Answer

      "Homework is never meant to be a punishment. If we are working hard in class, they should not have a lot of homework.

      Coaching soccer is like homework."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Many people would agree with you on this statement! :) When it comes to 'coaching soccer is like homework,' can you expand a bit further?

  • 4.

    Which math subject is your favorite to teach and why?

      How to Answer

      Show off your expertise a little here! Be modest but reveal your strengths.

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  • 5.

    What skills and technologies are you most interested in improving upon or learning?

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      Keep up with new technology and talk to your fellow teacher friends. There are a variety tools and techniques via Khan Academy and iTunes U.

      Here are some educational apps:
      - Math Bingo
      - Monkey Math School Sunshine
      - Mathemagics
      - Math Drills Lite
      - Math Fact Master

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  • 6.

    Tell me about a lesson that didn't go well and why. How might you improve that lesson?

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      Again, there's no right answer here. It's important to self-reflect and be honest about what you could improve upon.

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    Tell me about a lesson that went well and why.

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      A successful lesson doesn't necessarily have to achieve any math goal. Sometimes a good lesson can go well because the students are happy or feel accomplished. There's no right answer for this question.

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    How would you make math class great for a lower-level student who feels bummed about their math ability?

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      Lower-level students typically lack confidence, so most of the work here is on encouragement rather than teaching a specific math skill.

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  • 9.

    Share with me what you think a good piece of mathematics is - something you really like.

      How to Answer

      This is a completely open-response question. It could be as simple as a multiplication trick or as complicated as a calculus formula. Share something your students have benefited from.

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  • 10.

    Tell me about someone who has influenced your own education and educational career.

      How to Answer

      Talk about a supportive teacher, sibling or parent who encouraged you during your academic career.

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  • 11.

    What are your plans for continuing your professional growth?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how you will continue to advance your career. If you have plans to go back to school, you can discuss those, and if not, talk about an area of math teaching that you're interested in exploring.

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  • 12.

    What rules do you have for your classroom?

      How to Answer

      Try to come up with a set of rules that facilitates a fun but respectful and responsible learning environment.

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  • 13.

    What are your most effective teaching strategies?

      How to Answer

      Talk about your strong suit in teaching. Answers can range from your continuity to your strict discipline, your relaxed nature, or your creative ideas. This question reveals a lot about your personality.

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  • 14.

    What is your greatest strength? How can you use it to benefit our students?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know how you can contribute to the students as a whole.

      Good qualities for teachers include:
      - patience: persistently explaining to students of different levels
      - creativity: thinking of different ways to approach one problem
      - hardworking: spending time preparing detailed lessons
      - constant follow-up with students' progress
      - flexible: able to adapt when class doesn't go as planned

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  • 15.

    What do you have that would enhance our teaching staff?

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      Think about your unique personality traits. For this question, it helps to have a knowledge of the existing teaching staff so you know what you have that contributes or enhances it.

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  • 16.

    How would you challenge the slow learner and the advanced learner within the same class?

      How to Answer

      This question is about empathy and skill - how you are able to understand where low-level students are at and know how to encourage them to move forward, and at the same time, be able to provide higher-level students with the stimulus they need.

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  • 17.

    What kind of students do you like to work with? What type of students could you teach most effectively?

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      Students come in all different shapes and sizes, learning styles and personalities. If you're more open-minded and creative, you might enjoy teaching the same type of student. if you're more serious and organized, you might target that kind of student more as well.

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  • 18.

    What three words would your students use to describe you?

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      Here are some good qualities of math teachers that students might notice about you:

      - strict
      - creative
      - flexible
      - organized
      - has a good temper

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  • 19.

    What do you like most about teaching math?

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      Think about the most rewarding moments of teaching math, something that makes you feel immensely accomplished. Feel free to add more to your personal story as the interviewer wants to know you more about you than what's written on your resume.

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  • 20.

    What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?

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      The answer to this question can range from your student teaching or personal tutoring experience to your formal teaching experience. Describe the event, how you were challenged, and explain how you overcame it.

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  • 21.

    Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?

      How to Answer

      There are many forms of assessment for math besides testing. Here are some alternative assessment methods:

      - Group projects: build a model, make a brochure, or solve a complex problem together
      - Open response questions: make a diagram, chart, or graph
      - Portfolios: artwork, journal writing, or outlines
      - Self-assessment: asking students to provide feedback on how they did on a project or how they could improve

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  • 22.

    Give an example of a situation in which you made math exciting for your students.

      How to Answer

      Math can be tough and boring at times. Think of a situation in which you exercised your creativity through a game, simulation, a time when you brought your students outdoors, or drew a picture, or played a video - anything to demonstrate that you can think outside the box.

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  • 23.

    Why did you decide to become a math teacher?

      How to Answer

      Think about a math teacher who impacted you or a time when you felt accomplished learning math and wanted others to have same experience. If becoming a math intention wasn't your intent, say so honestly as well.

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  • 24.

    What makes you unique as a math teacher?

      How to Answer

      This is the place to demonstrate several aspects of your personality that are different from traditional math teachers. It's also a good idea to incorporate some of your teaching philosophy into this response.

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  • 25.

    What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve upon it?

      How to Answer

      Be honest, but give yourself an opportunity to turn the negative into a positive down the road. Show that you are willing to work on this teaching weakness, or indirectly show how one of your strengths can make up for that weakness.

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