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Top 25 Math Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
What is your greatest strength? How can you use it to benefit our students?
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Question 2 of 25
What is your homework philosophy?
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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.

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"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."
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Question 3 of 25
Which math subject is your favorite to teach and why?
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Show off your expertise a little here! Be modest but reveal your strengths.

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"I think multiplication is probably my favorite because i can use a variety of tools like marbles, blocks, or other interactive math games for students to practice with. I also like it because it's practical and sometimes I'll set up real-life scenarios for students to use what they've learned and it's all of fun for me and them."
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Question 4 of 25
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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"I think I'd eventually like to use iPads in the classroom. I want to make more of my lessons paper-free and more interactive. I find that most of my students can actually process the information better when it's on the tablet rather than on paper just by presenting it differently."
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Question 5 of 25
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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"When I first started teaching, I had a lot of trouble with discipline, and once my class was so noisy that I yelled at my whole class and had to leave the classroom temporarily. I don't think I knew how to gain the students' respect yet because I wasn't experienced enough. Later on in my teaching I learned not to lose my temper and that it's a good idea to take a break or do something else if the atmosphere of the class isn't great."
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Question 6 of 25
Share with me what you think a good piece of mathematics is - something you really like.
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Question 7 of 25
What do you feel is the most effective way to communicate with parents?
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Question 8 of 25
What do you have that would enhance our teaching staff?
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Question 9 of 25
How would you challenge the slow learner and the advanced learner within the same class?
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Question 10 of 25
What kind of students do you like to work with? What type of students could you teach most effectively?
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Question 11 of 25
Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?
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Question 12 of 25
What do you like most about teaching math?
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Question 13 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve upon it?
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Question 14 of 25
What makes you unique as a math teacher?
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Question 15 of 25
Give an example of a situation in which you made math exciting for your students.
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Question 16 of 25
How would you make math class great for a lower-level student who feels bummed about their math ability?
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Question 17 of 25
What are your most effective teaching strategies?
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Question 18 of 25
What three words would your students use to describe you?
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Question 19 of 25
What rules do you have for your classroom?
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Question 20 of 25
How do you get students engaged in the problem solving process?
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Question 21 of 25
Tell me about a lesson that went well and why.
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Question 22 of 25
Tell me about someone who has influenced your own education and educational career.
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Question 23 of 25
What are your plans for continuing your professional growth?
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Question 24 of 25
Why did you decide to become a math teacher?
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Question 25 of 25
What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?
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About Math Teacher

December 10th, 2014

In contemporary education, mathematics education is the practice of teaching and learning mathematics, along with the associated scholarly research.

Researchers in mathematics education are primarily concerned with the tools, methods and approaches that facilitate practice or the study of practice, however mathematics education research, known on the continent of Europe as the didactics or pedagogy of mathematics, has developed into an extensive field of study, with its own concepts, theories, methods, national and international organisations, conferences and literature. This article describes some of the history, influences and recent controversies.

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