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Top 20 Reading Teacher Interview Questions
List of Reading Teacher Interview Questions
  1. Why should we hire you?
  2. What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?
  3. What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
  4. What specific reading programs would you like to see implemented for struggling readers?
  5. Why do you want a career as a reading teacher?
  6. How do you see yourself partnering with teachers?
  7. As a Reading Teacher, what do you believe is your best asset?
  8. What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
  9. What experience do you have with diverse populations?
  10. Do you manage your time well?
  11. Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children and how you handled it.
  12. What do you see as your role in the educational, social, emotional, and psychological development of students?
  13. Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
  14. What is your philosophy on reading?
  15. What are your career goals?
  16. Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
  17. What is your greatest strength?
  18. What do you like most about a teaching career?
  19. How do your life experiences prepare you for teaching?
  20. Have you ever been overloaded with work?
  21. What three words would you use to describe yourself?
  22. What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
Author:
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Diana D'Souza
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Reading Teacher Information
May 15th, 2017

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.
Reading Teacher User Submitted Interview Answers
Question 1 of 22
Why should we hire you?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Because I have a love for reading, I have my library media specialist degree and I love teaching from great fiction books.
2.
Over the past 3 years I have a proven record of moving students.
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I am passionate about seeing children succeed in reading and become lifelong readers, as well as, life long learners and I believe reading plays a key role in that.
4.
I think you should hire me because I am ready and willing to put forth 100 percent effort in this job in order to not only make myself successful but my students as well.
5.
I will work tirelessly for the students of this community to promote a love of reading and lifelong literacy.
Question 2 of 22
What was the most frustrating thing that happened to you as a teacher?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
One day my PreK consultant came in for a visit. Several students acted out because their routine was changed with a visitor in the classroom.
2.
For students to continue to talk and be loud after I have already warned them to be quiet.
3.
Changing ideas for teaching.
4.
The most frustrating thing that happened to me as a teacher is finding a good way of teaching comprehension that engages the students. Teaching comprehension is a difficult task. I got assistance from a mentor and I tried to make fun activities that supported comprehension, such as, comprehension dice game and playing inferencing games.
5.
Student askin for a date.
Question 3 of 22
What methods have you used or would you use to assess student learning?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Tests, quiz's, interviews, reports, essays.
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Teacher notes and. Responses.
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I have used different district initiative programs. In my own classroom, I have used running records, word decoding lists, sight word recognition, reading and vocabulary assessments.
4.
The methods that I have used and am familiar with to assess student learning are well running records to see how each student is progressing in their reading. Words their way spelling inventory to see what spelling patterns each student masters and struggles with. I also use ancedotal notes throughout each of my guided reading groups- giving negative and positive notes about each student and the skill we are focusing on. Along with assessing their behavior.
5.
I have used mclass to assess reading as well as quarterly assessments. I also use informal assessments such as observations and running records.
Question 4 of 22
What specific reading programs would you like to see implemented for struggling readers?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Shared reading, where teacher facilitates learning. Paired reading, guided reading.
2.
Going back to the basics to get a better foundation for reading.
3.
I would like to see programs like Daily 5.
4.
Reading programs that offer explicit reading instruction which is proven to be most effective with at risk learners.
5.
Well I know that you use LLI which seems to be the go to way of helping struggling readers. I would like to be able to implement the ISA ( interactive strategies approach) strategies. The ISA strategies are hands on activities that engage the student in helping them with phonemic awareness and decoding strategies.
Question 5 of 22
Why do you want a career as a reading teacher?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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First of all, I enjoy teaching any subject area. I love teaching in general. I would love to teach reading because it can be a struggle for some students. I want to encourage those students and help them develop a love for learning, while also challenging more advanced readers.
2.
I want students to share in that same passion I have for reading. Reading can take you to a whole new world. Keeps your mind busy and sharp. Great experiences.
3.
I want to reach more students that I can build relationships with and make a difference in the long run.
4.
I want a career as a reading teacher because I really enjoy teaching small groups of students at a time. I also find teaching reading a challenge at times and that makes me want to improve as a teacher and find ways to help my students as well.
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I thoroughly enjoy teaching reading to students, and have found a special love in working with the struggling readers. I want to see those students succeed.
Question 6 of 22
How do you see yourself partnering with teachers?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Working in PreK, I have always worked with someone else. We co-teach, collaborate, make suggestions, and give opinions, which I find very helpful. I feel that I would work well with other teachers.
2.
Excellent. Collaboration of ideas and team teaching are wonderful ways to get information across.
3.
I have always had a firm belief that two minds are better than one. I think it is important to work well with other teachers in order to better benefit the students. I have met many amazing mentors and friends who have helped guide me and shape me into the person that I have become today.
4.
I love to work with teachers who are team players like me. I would like to delegate responsibility and accomplish success at a larger scale. I would like my team to understand the big picture.
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I feel like collaboration is key to helping students succeed and in this position it is pertinent to share and get ideas from others around me.
Question 7 of 22
As a Reading Teacher, what do you believe is your best asset?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
My love of stories and story telling.
2.
Love care that I have for the children.
3.
My communication skills are my best asset. I feel comfortable and confident whether speaking or writing to an audience of teachers, students, parents and administrators.
4.
I believe my best asset as a reading teacher would be to be able to reach students with a language barrier and provide ways to help them be successful in language acquisition.
5.
My best asset as a Reading Teacher is my resource research. I am constantly searching for the best practices to teach children how to read.
Question 8 of 22
What kind of work environment do you thrive in?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I thrive when I am busy. I don't do well sitting around. I am my best when I am working constantly and getting things done.
2.
Being around interesting books.
3.
I thrive in work environments that are challenging and purposeful.
4.
I thrive in a positive work environment. If people are positive and enthusiastic about what they are doing, it is going to be more fun and I am more willing to work harder.
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The work environment that I thrive in would be one that I am being challenged on a daily basis.
Question 9 of 22
What experience do you have with diverse populations?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I've worked with students of different ethnic backgrounds. Students have spoken different languages.
2.
I have experience teaching bilingual and first year immigrant students.
3.
Well, I subbed in Albany for two years and have had students from many backgrounds and ethnicity. I have also worked in a classroom this year as a TA with students who have learning disabilities and other classification, along with gifted students.
4.
I have worked with an ESL coteacher for the last 3 years. My classroom has been made up of mainly students with Spanish as their first language.
5.
I have worked in different schools with different populations. I started off in a Title 1 school with bilingual students and I am currently at a school that isn't Title 1 with all English speakers. I adapt easily and enjoy working with a variety of people.
Question 10 of 22
Do you manage your time well?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I allot the correct amount of time per subject to meet the standard needs for each subject.
2.
Yes, I manage my time very well and efficiently.
3.
Oh yes, that is one of my best strengths. I am always well prepared and make sure that I have enough or more than enough to do in my time of teaching. Unstructured time can lead to behaviors.
4.
Absolutely, time and structure are very important to me as a classroom teacher.
5.
Yes, down to the seconds. As a teacher, you have a responsibility to follow a planned schedule so that you can maximize instruction. I know that I cannot cover all that needs to be covered and to the extent that it needs to be taught, if I linger or fall behind with one activity, then the rest of the subjects will be covered sufficiently. I also need to make sure to get my students everywhere else on time such as lunch, library, dismissal, etc.
Question 11 of 22
Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children and how you handled it.
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
To me personally working the children are challenging experience. However, it is a challenge I am willing to take. I can and will make a difference in each child life no matter whom.
2.
Students who would talk after I had warned them and act out being loud. I made him write vocabulary words and definitions to the book Hatchet by Gary paulsen which we had been reading.
3.
One of the most challenging experiences while working with children was when a student was threatening to harm himself in the classroom. I proceeded to evacuate the other students until the challenging student's aggression subsided. I had to call for administrative support.
4.
As a TA I had a student who would be defient when it came to doing work that was too difficult. I would ask this student if he would like some help and then proceed to help me. Feeling embarrassed this student would lash out at me and tell me he didn't need help. I would walk away and wait until he was ready for my help.
5.
I think my most challenging experience working with children was when I was given a class made up of 5 EC students, 10 ESL students, and most of these students were the lowest on the grade level. I handled it by pushing myself even harder to prove that I could do this and they could be successful.
Question 12 of 22
What do you see as your role in the educational, social, emotional, and psychological development of students?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I can see myself in all areas with the student enforcing each skill in which ever department.
2.
My role is to help students be confident, capable and contributing members of society.
3.
I feel like I am someone they can come to when they have a problem.
4.
My role in a student's life is to be a mentor and build future productive citizens.
5.
As an educator it is my job to help the students succeed in all aspects. Educational- give them engaging lessons that help them strengthen as a learning. Social- giving the students an opportunity to learn while work with peers. Emotional- be there for a student when they are having a hard day, show them that you care and want to help them. Psychological- Discuss strategies to help them in any way possible.
Question 13 of 22
Ten years from now, where do you see yourself?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Ten years from now I would be able to see myself as a successful teacher and furthering my career in school.
2.
In ten years, I see myself working with students. I love what I do.
3.
Ten years from now, I would like to be the head of reading curriculum at an elementary school.
4.
I hope to see myself as a reading teacher in your school district.
5.
I still see myself working in education. I maybe eventually would like to seek a position in curriculum planning. I see a need sometimes for some fresh ideas and better resources for us busy teachers. I feel like I can definitely help out in that department.
Question 14 of 22
What is your philosophy on reading?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Reading should be learned at the child's pace, within reason, so that the child doesn't associate a frustration for reading. Student's should learn letter sounds, blending, and sounding out words, while also learning sight words.
2.
The more you read the more you learn the smarter you get.
3.
Reading is the window to all learning and thinking.
4.
My philosopy on reading is that it is not what you read, it is how you read. It is important to find that genre that interests you, but it is also important to read in a way that helps you understand what you are reading. For example, I am a slow reader. It may take me longer to read a chapter, but I read at a pace that works for me and keeps me focused on what I am reading.
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My philosophy on reading is that reading instruction should be balanced with reading, writing, speaking and listening activities.
Question 15 of 22
What are your career goals?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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My career goals are becoming an awesome teacher and further my education.
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To work my way through until I can teach in a libray.
3.
To become a classroom teacher in this district.
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My long term career goal is to advocate for student needs and promote academic expectations.
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My goal is to become the best teacher I can be. I hope to improve every year and be able to be successful by learning new ideas and ways of teaching that will benefit each student. As I say, teaching is learning, we learning everyday and with practice I will become that teacher I want to be.
Question 16 of 22
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Transition during subjects. Which went very smooth. When.
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I have a student who does not follow directions and tends to leave our class without permission. This student puts himself in an unsafe situation. I have to make decisions throughout the day and make sure that I will not trigger any impulsive actions.
3.
As a teacher you have to make quick decisions every minute of the day. For example, a child with a temper picks up a chair. Quickly you have to decide, is this child angry, is he going to hurt someone, is he going to use the chair as a step ladder in order to get something out of reach? In order to prevent someone getting hurt you have to evaluate the situation quickly without making a harsh decision that could undermine the student. This situation can be quickly resolved by asking the child if he needs help with something. The student with the chair then identifies what his intentions are with the chair and allows you the opportunity to interfere if necessary.
4.
As a teacher, you always plan ahead of time but very often, find yourself in situations in which quick thinking is necessary.
5.
I had a student with autism who tried to run off when I worked at the center-based school. I had to basically become a human barricade so that he could not get away. I had to keep my composure to not let him see my fear, and I just redirected him.
Question 17 of 22
What is your greatest strength?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Ability to connect with students.
2.
My greatest strength is relationships.
3.
My greatest strength would have to be my organization and time management. I am always well prepared for anything I am doing and I make sure that I have enough activities for the amount of time needed. For instance if I have a 30 minute reading group I would be sure to have 15 mins worth of reading instruction and 15 mins for word work or vocabulary building.
4.
My greatest strength would be my organizational skills.
5.
I feel that my organization and planning skills are my best strengths. Also, my resourcefulness and self motivation. I am the type of person that does not rely on someone else to do my job, I am responsible and know that I have to work hard for my students.
Question 18 of 22
What do you like most about a teaching career?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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I love making a difference in a child life and I love teaching it always been a childhood dream of mines.
2.
The fact that I can touch lives. Make lots of friends and memories.
3.
I like the enthusiasm and innocence with which young students view the world. I like to see students marvel at what they've learned and accomplished.
4.
What I like the most about my teaching career is how rewarding it is to see a student's progress and success.
5.
The reward of seeing the students succeed. I like the " light bulb moment" when a student struggles on a task and eventually gets it. It is such a great feeling to see a child smile because they understand.
Question 19 of 22
How do your life experiences prepare you for teaching?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
I have raised 3 amazing successful children. That says it all!
2.
Well when I was a little girl I always played school with my neighbors children. Became and Adult an went to college for it.
3.
My experiences as a student, a parent and an employee at a myriad of places have afforded me a view of the world that has helped prepare me for teaching.
4.
Growing up with a learning disability I have been on the child's side. I know how the struggling reader and student is feeling everyday, not getting it the concept, needing repetition daily. It is annoying to deal with, but with great teachers you come away from those struggles. Also, having a busy schedule, doing sports and other after school activities all while getting homework done. Teachers juggle many plates daily and being a student athlete has shown that I can take on those many plates and succeed.
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I was an ESL student learning the English language and trying to learn the culture. It was difficult but not impossible for me to hope for a better future. My morals and convictions helped me persevere.
Question 20 of 22
Have you ever been overloaded with work?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Yes, I have been overloaded with work as a teacher, student, parent, and in the myriad of positions I have held as an adult.
2.
I have been overloaded with work. Some of my coworkers have had emergencies and difficult personal situations. Our team has had to work together to help things run smoothly.
3.
Yes, I have been overloaded with work. I was given extra duties when the other reading interventionist left our campus.
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Yes, I feel that I have been overloaded with work. However, I do my best to delegate my time and achieve the goals that I set forth for myself.
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All the time. Teaching isn't just about standing in front of the classroom to teach students. You also have plenty of paperwork, meetings, staff development, grades, etc. You just have to get up and deal with it, tackle it one bite at a time until all is done.
Question 21 of 22
What three words would you use to describe yourself?
User Submitted Interview Answers
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Patient, loving, and team play.
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Driven. Professional. Caring.
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The three words I would use to describe myself is: passionate, trustworthy and sincere.
4.
Resourceful, organized, and responsible.
5.
I would use the words patient, caring, and compassionate.
Question 22 of 22
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
User Submitted Interview Answers
1.
Time management.. What I am doing about it I am working on and take extra classes to assist me also.
2.
My greatest weakness is my tendency to have spotty communication with my parents. As the year progresses and I fully concentrate on working with my students, I often lose sight of keeping parents in the loop (unless there is a big issue with their child).
3.
Following through with punishments, I am taking away center time, Having the children write emails to their parents from my computer when they act up. Making them write lots of definitions.
4.
My greatest weakness is that I am a workaholic.
5.
Being assertive. As a TA I have come out of my shell a bit. I have a hard time sharing my skills or ideas, because I feel as if I will be stepping on the teacher's shows. I overcame this fear by coming up with an idea that would help one of the struggling students with a math concept. The teacher loved the idea and it worked well. As a reading teacher I would continue to improve by coming out of my shell and sharing my own skills and ideas with the classroom teachers that I would be working with.
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