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| Shane is an English Teacher at the High School level where he teaches English 9 Honors, English 11, Yearbook/Journalism, and AP Seminar.

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Which subject is not fun for you?

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  1. 1.

    Which subject is not fun for you?

      As it pertains to teaching, even teachers do not enjoy every single subject. But, any administration needs to do what they need to do in a pinch. If there is an open math position and you have an interest in math, even though you are not completely trained, they may need to place you there. Being a team-player and flexible will get you a lot of jobs in your lifetime.

      Shane's Answer

      "I enjoy most subjects. But, art has never been my thing. I have zero skill in the subject. I sure do love looking about art and talking about it. Still, there is no way I would be able to draw something that looks better than what a three-year-old could do."

  2. 2.

    Tell about a problem you witnessed and how you worked through it.

      Problems can crop up at anytime. An interviewer wants to see how you handle these kinds of situations. Ultimately, by seeing your true colors, this will give them a better cue on if they should hire you or not.

      Shane's Answer

      "In my last my job, there were two boys fighting in the hallway. I started by separating the two, and we walked to the principal's office. I assisted the principal in getting to the bottom of situation. Ultimately, voices were heard, punishments were handed out, and a bright future for both boys ensued because of the protocols that were followed."

  3. 3.

    How do you increase participation in the classroom?

      Not every student will love every class. But, it is a teacher's job to try to get them to participate in what is going on. Talk with the interviewer about techniques you have used over the years.

      Shane's Answer

      "I always do a check for understanding portion to begin classes. I focus on points that were learned in the previous classes. This way, I either call on students, have them complete some kind of assessment, or work in groups to accomplish a goal. In turn, I get students participating the best way I know how."

  4. 4.

    Would you like to advise or coach at this school?

      An administration is always looking for candidates to step up to the plate to fill voids in any schedule. Even if you do not have the experience, it looks better if you are willing to be a team player. Most administrations will work hard to get you the certification and training you need.

      Shane's Answer

      "I would be willing to coach and advise at this school. Even though I do not have a lot of experience coaching sports or advising, I am willing to learn and plant myself in this community. This way, I can get to know the students in a different way."

  5. 5.

    What are the steps you take to make a difficult decision?

      When handling a difficult decision, there needs to be a step-by-step process involved. Dealing with a challenging situation can be frustrating. But, when you have the right protocol in mind, success will come, even in the hardest of times.

      Shane's Answer

      "As I make a difficult decision, I always think about the steps to follow. Usually, my first inclination is a good one. But, I always have had safeguards in mind. So, no matter the decision, I talk with another teacher about what they think should be done. Then, I go to a school counselor, as well, for feedback. If need be, the adminstartion joins in, depending on the situation."

  6. 6.

    Share about a difficult student you have worked with. What was the experience like?

      Difficult students are a part of the teaching job description. But, what is more important is how you, as the teacher, sets the tone for the situation. Even though the student may bring about trouble, doing your best to change the situation into a positive should be the focus.

      Shane's Answer

      "A few years ago, I had a student that plagiarized on an essay. This was not the first time either. The first time, I gave the student a second chance, but warned him of his actions. The second time, he got an automatic zero and detention. We talked after and had a heart-to-heart. He shared that he wanted to be a businessman in the future. We talked about tangible ways to make this happen, and our relationship improved because of the intentionality."

  7. 7.

    What moment(s) made you want to become a teacher?

      Becoming a teacher is not a spur-of-the-moment kind of thing. There are moments in one's life that bring out great inspiration. Share with your interviewer what got you to this place in life. Inspiration can help inspire others, so share your story with confidence.

      Shane's Answer

      "When I was in 5th grade, I had a wonderful teacher. Mr. Johnson helped me enjoy school for the very first time. He was kind to every student and disciplined in a kind fashion. This is the kind of teacher I want to be."

  8. 8.

    Describe your experience involving IEPs.

      Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) are a purposeful way to help students that need more assistance. Speak about how your have used IEPs before. This way, the interviewer can understand how much you know and what you still need to grasp about backing up the student.

      Shane's Answer

      "I have not had a lot of experience with IEPs. But, the one student I taught, who had an IEP, needed tests taken orally. Of course, I could not do this during class-time. Instead, we agreed on times before or after school. This way, the student was still able to be successful in my class."

  9. 9.

    How would you describe our school during your first visit?

      The interviewer wants to see what you notice when you step in the halls of their establishment. Be honest about the positives that you see. This way, they will better understand what you care about, as they consider you for the position.

      Shane's Answer

      "As I walked into your school today, I was greeted by friendly students and staff. It was such a nice welcome from your community. I also noticed the positive quotes littering the hallways. I love that students see positivity wherever they roam."

  10. 10.

    What do you do when you are on a time-crunch waiting for someone else to finish their part of the task?

      Time-crunches are a part of any teacher's life. But, when you are waiting on someone else for a joint project, it can be frustrating when they do not complete their end of the bargain. How you react next is what the interviewer wants to understand. Share honestly how you navigate these kinds of rough waters.

      Shane's Answer

      "I had a situation, a few years back, where I had to work on accreditation tasks for the school I was at. We were placed with a few teachers to handle the tasks. One teacher, in particular, was supposed to have their stuff in by the end of the day. As we rolled up on the end of the day, I reached out to ask how things were going. The teacher had run out of time and was not able to complete the task. I knew I had two options: allow the situation to unfold with the teacher getting in trouble or doing the work for them. I knew the administration wanted it done, but I did not feel it was fair for me to get put in that situation. Ultimately, I let the situation play out and when the work was not completed, I reached out to the adminstation to complete the missing work. They certainly were thankful that I stepped up to the plate."

  11. 11.

    Share about a difficult colleague you have worked with. What was the experience like?

      Another part of teaching is interacting with your peers. Some colleagues can be hard to deal with, but you are still expected to be professional. Speak to what stood out to you in this situation and how you kept pushing the positive.

      Shane's Answer

      "There was a teacher once who I was neighbors with. She was frustrated with our hallway during the pandemic because teachers were not helping to navigate one-way hallways to help keep the school open. She called us out in a faculty meeting once, which was quite embarrassing. I wanted to protect myself, but I waited to cool-down. Then, I went over to her after the meeting, and expressed the situation that I was not in my classroom much because of COVID protocol and had to navigate different classrooms around campus. She appreciated my honesty, and I tried more and more to be in the hallways, when I had class next to her. I am glad we had a talk one-on-one, instead of an outburst in front of everyone."

  12. 12.

    What way does not work for discipline?

      Not all discipline methods are treated as equal. Share with the interviewer what way or ways you think are troublesome. Help give the administration an idea of how you would discipline and how you would not.

      Shane's Answer

      "Personally, I believe yelling is never a good discipline method. I have witnessed situations where teachers have escalated issues by yelling. So, I try to speak directly, yet calmly to discipline students, rather than the former."

  13. 13.

    What is the biggest conflict you have had at work?

      The big conflicts, during work, can stick with a person forever. But, an interviewer wants to see how you have overcome them. Talk about what you have learned and how you have grown from this not-so-fun experience.

      Shane's Answer

      "I had to break up a fight one day, at the last school I was at. The fight was brutal. The students were punching, swearing, screaming, and everything in-between. Getting in the middle to cool the students down was a chore to say it mildly. But, when all was said and done, I had respect from the administration, fellow teachers, and students, knowing that I would do anything to keep them safe."

  14. 14.

    What situation in teaching makes you feel the least comfortable?

      There are things about teaching that people do not like. This can be one of the biggest challenges of the job. But, when you are honest about how you feel, your colleagues and administration can build you up. No school community wants you to feel alone.

      Shane's Answer

      "I feel the least comfortable with giving out detentions. I do not feel they are best way discipline students. I would love to be a part of the process by using more positive reinforcement. I believe this would change student discipline a lot."

  15. 15.

    What is your favorite grade level to teach and why?

      Sometimes, there are multiple grade levels available to teach. The interviewer may ask you which one you prefer. Be open to teach any grade level, but speak to what you want, as well. This is your chance to give priority to something you want.

      Shane's Answer

      "I would certainly be willing to teach any grade level. But, if I had a choice, I really enjoy working with the freshmen. There is something about them coming right into high school that I love to be a part of. I feel like I am the kind of teacher who can help bridge the gap for them."

  16. 16.

    As a student, what organizations and clubs were you connected with?

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  17. 17.

    What is your preparation like involving standardized assessments?

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  18. 18.

    What is your approach in connecting with parents?

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  19. 19.

    How do you support keeping the school a safe-learning atmosphere?

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  20. 20.

    Share a time you did not see eye-to-eye with school leadership? What was your response?

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  21. 21.

    What was a time you failed and how did you handle it?

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  22. 22.

    Recall a time you explained something to a frustrated student or parent. How did the process go and what was the response like?

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  23. 23.

    Tell about a time you set a goal and you completed it.

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  24. 24.

    Speak to a time you had a disagreement with your boss. How was the situation handled in the end?

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  25. 25.

    Describe a time when you had a lot of work to do. How did you handle the situation?

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  26. 26.

    What are you most proud of in your career?

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  27. 27.

    Describe a time when you made a quality impression on someone.

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  28. 28.

    Speak about a high-pressure experience. What got you through?

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  29. 29.

    How would you handle being asked to start a task that you have no experience in?

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    Share a time when you worked with someone who you didn't work well with.

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