This is a great opportunity to draw on the research you have done on their organization. Your answer should include ways that your teaching methods and reading programs align nicely with theirs.
Reading Teacher Interview Questions
What specific reading programs would you like to see implemented for struggling readers?
"I am a huge proponent for psycholinguistics in reading as well as audiovisual methods. I find my students have responded very well to these method in the past. On your website, you also mention teaching by way of phonetics; which I am also experienced in. Which methods would you say your facility has seen the most success with?"
"I would like to see the Wilson Reading Program and the Leveled Literacy Intervention Program implemented. These are two reading programs that have proven success among struggling readers. They are sound programs in that they both have diagnostic testing that informs instruction. The students find the stories interesting, they are easily implemented in forty minutes, and teachers can easily, informally, and formally assess a student's growth."Rachelle's Answer
Wonderful answer! Your response puts a spotlight on your existing knowledge when it comes to the resources and programs available to students in your region. Very impressive reply!Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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."
"My greatest weakness is not being totally organized. We were so busy in the reading program that I did not always have time to put away books and file papers. I was focusing on creating lesson plans and teaching the students. I soon learned that I had to get more organized. I decided that before I went to lunch each day I would take a few minutes to put away books and file papers and folders, and I did the same before I went home at the end of the day."Rachelle's Answer
It's great that you recognize this and have a plan of action for improvement! If you are referring to a specific period in your career, it would be a good idea to set the stage of your story a touch more clearly.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
Do you manage your time well?
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."
What do you see as your role in the educational, social, emotional, and psychological development of students?
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."
"My role as a reading teacher is so very important to the educational, social, emotional, and psychological development of my students. Teaching a student to learn to read and write is critical to their ability to communicate with other students, teachers, and family members. It builds self-confidence. Teaching a child how to read and to love reading changes their lives forever."Rachelle's Answer
YES - you make so many excellent points in your answer. Your genuine passion for the growth of the children you teach really shines through.Was this answer helpful? Yes or NoThank you, your vote helps us display the best answers.
What do you like most about a teaching career?
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
Why should we hire you?
What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?
Why do you want a career as a reading teacher?
How do you see yourself partnering with teachers?
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
What experience do you have with diverse populations?
Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children and how you handled it.
What is your philosophy on reading?
What are your career goals?
What is your greatest strength?
How do your life experiences prepare you for teaching?
As a Reading Teacher, what do you believe is your best asset?
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?