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

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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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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."

      User-Submitted 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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      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."

      User-Submitted 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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      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.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I really like teaching algebra because you are constantly solving for missing variables in life."

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      Nice, straightforward response, and you back your reasoning very well.

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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

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Learning whatever board technology you use. Like if it's a smartboard, taking a class or time on my own to master how to use it. My mom actually taught smartboard classes for 10 years, so I know there is help out there for learning any classroom technology."

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      Fantastic approach! Your answer shows strong interest in immersing yourself into this schools' offerings. Also, it seems you are resourceful when it comes to self-taught learning options.

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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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  • 7. 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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  • 8. 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.

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      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.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Creative thinking. And you are probably thinking, "Creative Thinking in Math, but there's typically just one right answer." This is true, but there are multiple ways to get there"”for example, 13 x 25. One student may do the standard multiplication algorithm. Another student may say, "25 cents is a quarter. Well, I know 12 quarters is 3 dollars. One more quarter would give me 3.25. I moved the decimal place and got 3."

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      It's important to teach kids to think this way to come to the right conclusion in a variety of (creative) ways. Good approach!

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

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      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?

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      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.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Down the road, I plan to get my master's in education. I also plan to work closely with experienced team members to better my teaching knowledge and skills."

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      Your plans for growth are very clear - no doubt you will go very far in your teaching career...now, and in the future.

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  • 12. What rules do you have for your classroom?

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      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?

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      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?

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      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

      User-Submitted Answer

      "My greatest strength is building relationships. I have learned from coaching and student teaching that students learn best when establishing a meaningful relationship with them. Because of my patience, caring personality, and my love for modern music, shows, sports, and video games, I can naturally carry on conversations and connect with students. This connection benefits student learning because they will feel engaged and comfortable, so they will participate and be excited to share ideas."

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      You bring such a personal approach - there is no doubt your students would respond well to you. It's great that you mention your strength while offering up tangible examples of this strength in action.

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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.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I am positive, creative, flexible. I feel I am very easy to work with. I am always down to help where I can. I have an open mind and a positive outlook on most things. I have genuine respect for colleagues. I really try to think about "How can I contribute to making this a better environment for those around me."

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      This is a good start! In what ways will you apply these qualities, right away, to make an impact?

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

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      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.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Open-Minded. But all different types of students. I am big on the growth mindset."

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      It's great that you are able to work with a wide range of students. I'm sure your creative approach will speak to a large variety.

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  • 18. What three words would your students use to describe you?

      How to Answer

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

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

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Passionate

      Caring

      Fun



      Students can sense my passion through my energy and excitement. They can tell that I am happy to see them and make an effort with everything I do.

      They can tell that I care about their academic development, and more importantly, their well-being. I ask them about their sports activities and hobbies, see how they are feeling about the class. I can't stress how important it is for students to feel comfortable with you.

      Lastly, students have told me time and time again, that class is fun when I teach. I will joke with them, do fun activities, hold class discussions -- just anything to keep them engaged. Because I think that's the glue that helps the learning stick with them."

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      Your passion and enthusiasm are clear, and any student who has you as a teacher should be very lucky! This is a great, full response.

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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.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I have an opportunity to change the way students feel towards Math. Many students walk into Math class with negative feelings. Maybe they struggle with math, or maybe they find it boring. I can make it exciting and relevant. I can help students perform to the best of their abilities, so they leave my classroom with a new feeling towards math."

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      This is wonderful! Your excitement, energy, and passion for math and student learning really shine through.

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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.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Implementing a teaching style I did not believe in. While student teaching, I worked closely with a teacher that did everything by the book. The teacher taught directly and did not generate an engaging conversation. And I just had to sit there and watch students look around the room, glance at the clock, then back at the board with disinterest. I hate to see this because students weren't enjoying themselves or learning. So when I took over classes, I asked more questions -- engaged students. The teacher would give me feedback like, "Please ask fewer questions and just model during instruction. It will save so much time." And I felt like I had to implement her suggestions, so she didn't think I was disrespectful, but it was frustrating because I saw that it was not the best way for students to learn; I just had to go with it."

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      This would have been so incredibly frustrating! If you could revisit this situation, what would you have done differently?

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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

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I utilize multiple formative or informal assessments: homework checks, exit slips, and class discussions.

      I try to assess student learning, so students are not afraid to make mistakes or express a need for help. These checks are not meant to make or break student grades but rather help students self-reflect and help me see where they are at, so we can work together to address any possible misconceptions and errors."

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      This is a good start! Rather than giving a list - try bringing this answer to life by explaining the ways that you leverage these tools to assess student learning.

  • 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.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "NCFTL - National Classroom Free Throw League

      I had convinced my 7th-grade students that I started this big classroom free-throw league. Had pictures and an official emblem on the board. I divided the students into 4 teams, then had each student shoot 2 free throws using a mini basketball and a wastebasket. Students recorded the class results as fractions, percentages, and decimals. To understand the relationship among those 3 terms, and to, of course, see which team had the best Classroom Free Throw shooters. The kids had a lot of fun while showing an understanding of the learning target.

      Linear Equation (Y = mx + b) Example - Having students graph the equation using their bodies."

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      This does sound exciting! I may have enjoyed math growing up had we done activities like this :) Great example of your creative mind at work.

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  • 23. Why did you decide to become a math teacher?

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      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?

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      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.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "My high energy and engagement. Math can be a subject that students see as very dry and direct. Some students may even dislike math because of this perception. So I like to get students thinking, talking, smiling from the second they walk in the door. I do this with things like Timberlake Tuesday -- students walk into JT singing some jams. Throwback Thursday -- Students are hit with nostalgia as they discuss their favorite shows growing up. Then I get them thinking and sharing ideas with a challenge question. I am always looking for ways to help students enjoy learning. For example, one time, we shot free throws in class to see the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percentages."

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      It seems you will bring a highly personable approach and a desire to make strong and lasting connections with your students. The interviewer(s) should really appreciate your enthusiasm!

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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.

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Some may perceive my lack of experience as a weakness."

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      This skill will certainly come over time, although it's great that you are addressing this already. What action could you take, independently, to grow this particular skill?

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