When answering this question you can absolutely incorporate a personal story. You could also talk about what inspired you to become a teacher in the first place.
"When I was in elementary school, I personally had a tough time with reading. I had a teacher who would take additional time out of her day to help me. She made sure I didn't fall behind. When I looked back, years later, and realized how important her role was in my education it really inspired me to follow the same career path. I want to be a reading teacher because I understand the importance of making a difference in a child's life. And, I am really good at it because I genuinely care."
The best way to answer this question is to talk about where you see your strengths, and what can you offer your fellow teachers. What can they offer you?
"When I have previously partnered with other teachers it is because we see a natural synergy between our skill sets. I am happy to partner with other teachers whose skills compliment my own. Recently, I partnered with a music teacher. He wanted me to teach his students how to read music sheets like they were a story. I was able to help him in that regard. Later, he attended one of my classes where he taught my students how to incorporate rhythm into reading."
It is important to keep your answer positive. Growth is a good thing! Show that you can recognize areas of improvement within yourself.
"I would say my greatest area for improvement would be prioritization. I feel because of the nature of my work that absolutely everything is a top priority. Over the years I have become much better at placing certain projects on the back burner while focusing on the task at hand. It's been very helpful. I have also started using an online project software to keep track of deadlines. This has helped me to prioritize."
Since there are many different environments within Education, it is best to talk about 2 or 3 of your preferred types of environment and then finish by asking the interviewer how they would best describe the environment at their specific institution.
"I have worked in a variety of environments within education. My current role is in a classroom setting with multiple students. My previous position was a more one-on-one based environment. I was able to succeed in both environments. How would you best describe the environment here?"
This is best answered by briefly explaining the demographic of the communities you have worked in previously.
"I have worked as a reading teacher in both private and public schools. The private education facilities naturally see a more affluent family demographic where the public system has exposed me to a wider variety of populations. I am open to working with all types of populations and am not adverse, in any way, to diversity."
You can answer this by using an example of a time when you were under a tight deadline and were able to make it through.
"I am very strong with time management and will use multiple tools to ensure my time is divided appropriately throughout the week. Just last month I had a major exam to grade for 35 students. Knowing I was under a tight timeframe to grade these, I turned off my phone and email and spent 2 hours focusing solely on grading before I moved to another task. Blocking off sections of time to focus is very helpful for me."
This is a "Tell me about a time when..." type of question. Use a recent example and be sure to include the positive outcome and why you were proud of that outcome.
"Tell me about a time when..."
This answer should come more from the heart. There really is no wrong answer to this, so long as you are genuine.
"I am humbled by how important my role as a reading teacher is in all aspects of a child's life. Helping a student learn to read, strengthen their skills and build their confidence is an incredible opportunity. When a child understands how to read, and enjoys it, it changes their whole world."
This is an answer that you should think of, write down and practice. It is essentially going to be your qualifying statement on why you do what you do.
"My philosophy on reading is that every child should have a solid understanding of reading since it is an incredibly complex and important form of communication. Developing healthy readers from a young age is of utmost importance."
This question should always be answered honestly and should incorporate natural next-steps in your career.
"I am very happy as a Reading Teacher. My long term goal would be to further my education as a teacher and obtain my masters' degree in education. I would love to be in a faculty leadership position in the future."
The best way to answer this would be to give an example of an award or any kind of recognition you have received for this strength.
"This past year I was recognized by my faculty supervisor for my innovative thinking. I was able to implement a new reading program that incorporated music and art. The students really took to it well and it created a lot of successes for the students who struggled with reading. So, I would say that innovative thinking is a great strength of mine."
What gets you out of bed in the morning? Why are you excited to go to work? Be sure to answer this in a way that shows your true interest in the career path you have chosen.
"The one thing that I am most excited about it the morning is knowing that I am on my way to making a difference in a child's life. I have been given the irreplaceable task of influencing them for hours a day - teaching them how to communicate and giving them confidence. That truly is what drives me in this career."
You can answer this question on a more personal note by sharing some of the life experiences that have driven your decision to teach. You do not need to be too detailed or personal but do offer enough information that your answer comes out as genuine.
"I grew up with 4 younger siblings and both of my parents worked. Being the oldest child, I naturally became their mentor. I would help them with their homework after school, in addition to completing my own. I feel that this prepared me for a career in teaching. It truly was a natural progression for me."
Because our area of strength is almost always what we consider our best asset, your answer to this question could determine where the interviewer would like to place you, should you be successful in the interview process. Answer using an example of a real event. IE: "I believe that as a Reading Teacher, my best asset is my ability to patiently teach the subject. I do not rush my students or make them feel pressure if they do not understand the first time. My students and their parents have often commented on how relaxed and natural my personality, and teaching style, is."
"I believe that as a Reading Teacher, my best asset is my ability to patiently teach the subject. I do not rush my students or make them feel pressure if they do not understand the first time. My students and their parents have often commented on how relaxed and natural my personality, and teaching style, is."
Your answer should reflect traits that would make you a great Reading Teacher. You want this answer to be relevant to the position. Also, you can back it with a qualifying statement.
"I would describe myself as creative, patient and encouraging. I have been told from my peers, colleagues and students that these are, indeed, characteristics that I carry."
This can be a tricky question as you want to answer it honestly without appearing to be an individual who is easily stressed. Answer confidently.
"Yes, I have been overloaded with work before. When I first began my teaching career I did take on too much. I wasn't as experienced as I am now when it comes to time management. I worked many late nights and weekends. I do feel that it is par for the course in this line of work when you are starting out. Now, I seldom feel overloaded or overwhelmed since I have more experience."
This is a great time to give an example of a time when you needed to make a quick decision. Be sure to talk about the resolution and the positive outcome.
"Last month I was teaching a class of 15 students when one of the students passed out. Rather than scaring the children, I quickly called the Principal and asked her to move my students to another room and call the school nurse. We had the situation under control immediately. Rather than panicking and freezing in fear, I was able to manage the situation with little distraction to the rest of the school."
When answering this question it is best to talk about where you would like to take your career in the future and how you would like to accomplish that.
"Ten years from now I would love to be in a leadership program within the school. I feel that in order to do that, I would need to further my education by enrolling in a Masters' program in the evenings and weekends. This isn't in my immediate future but I am interested in that type of growth."
Reading teachers are teachers who specialize in reading and literacy. Reading teachers who work with elementary students focus on introducing them to the basics of reading. Those who work with older students encourage them to read more advanced work.
A bachelor's degree is the minimum qualification required for anyone wishing to pursue a career as a reading teacher. Reading teachers are genuinely interested in working with students and helping to improve their reading and literacy.
When you go for your reading teacher interview, the interviewing panel will ask you questions to determine your career interests and goals. Do you genuinely love working with young students? Do you have any experience teaching, tutoring or working with younger children? What are the techniques you would use to help students improve their reading and literacy? How would you handle students who have mental limitations or literacy disorders? Chack out more questions at mock interview questions so you can be better prepared to give compelling answers that demonstrate your proficiency in this field.