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Top 25 Social Studies Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
How do you handle stressful situations?
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Question 2 of 25
Describe your teaching style.
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Your teaching style incorporates your understanding of the different ways students learn, how you manage the classroom and how you view your students.

Are they empty vessels waiting to absorb the knowledge you impart? Or do the students play a more active role, engaging in the learning process through activities?

Describe your interaction with the students and how you engage with them. What type of teacher are you? Your style is unique to you. Giving an example of a lesson plan or activity, you do with your students to reveal more of who you are as a teacher.

Here are some words you could use to describe your teaching style:

-Analytical
-Assertive
-Creative
-Enthusiastic
-Honest
-Vibrant
-Imaginative
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"Although I recently graduated with my teaching degree, I have put a lot of thought into the ways that I want my teaching style to be formed. I want to be the type of teacher that has a fun classroom environment where mistakes and questions are encouraged just as often as researched statements. We all learn best when we have wiggle room for error. I want to provide my students with securing and confidence inside, and outside, the classroom."
Experienced Example
"My teaching style can best be described as interactive, supportive, and transparent. I encourage my students to have a voice in the classroom, ask questions when they come up, and participate actively in all conversations regardless of their level of confidence."
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Question 3 of 25
How would your students describe you as a teacher?
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"My students say I'm tough but fun. I try to create a positive learning environment, so I can be strict about enforcing rules. I care about my students, and I want the best for them. I stay positive and give them projects that allow them to use their creativity."
Think of three to five qualities you have or some words that your students have used to describe you in the past. What would your students say about you? What kind of teacher do you want to be? Highlight some of the top qualities that make you a great teacher that the students will appreciate.

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"I developed some strong connections with my students during my 12-week practicum. I believe they would say that I am a good listener, fair at giving feedback, and dedicated to their success."
Experienced Example
"My students and faculty would describe me as a dedicated teacher with current lesson plans and the ability to crack open the struggles of even the toughest students. I want everyone to succeed in my classroom and will go over and above my job description to make that happen."
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Question 4 of 25
Why do you believe social studies is a valuable subject that every student needs to learn?
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"By teaching students about events and people from the past, they have a better understanding of how different societies came to be, and a deeper understanding our culture in the present and the past. Social studies also will help students develop their values and think more critically about our world."
Explain to your interviewer precisely how the information you're teaching will be influential in the lives of your students. Why is social studies a fundamental subject for your students?

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"I believe that social studies teach a great deal of insight on diversity. When students have their minds broadened by societies and cultures outside of their own, it truly is life changing."
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"Social studies is one of the pillars of knowledge that each student should come to embrace. It's the study of human society, and not many topics are more important than that."
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Question 5 of 25
If you could only teach one topic out of social studies, what would it be?
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"I enjoy teaching about citizenship because I am teaching about my favorite topics: human rights, equality, and freedom. My passion is apparent in my enthusiasm, and in the way I creatively present the topics. I like to facilitate discussions and role play. I want my students to know their rights and know their duty to their fellow citizens."
The interviewer wants to hear that you are passionate about the topics which you teach. As a teacher, you are a motivator. It is your responsibility to provide a positive learning environment for all of your students. If you feel mediocre about the topics you are teaching, that will be clear the interviewer. As you prepare for your interview, think about examples of when you have taught your favorite topic and why you enjoyed teaching it.

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"Here are some social studies topics that you could mention, and suggested by the National Council for the Social studies - Culture - Time, Continuity, and Change - People, Places, and Environments - Individuals, Groups, and Institutions - Individual Development and Identity - Production, Distribution, and Consumption - Power, Authority, and Governance - Science, Technology, and Society - Civil Ideals, and Practices"
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"I find social studies to be such a robust subject. If I had to choose one particular area of interest, I would choose Civil Ideals and Practices. I love to teach students about their rights as citizens, and more about the inner workings of a democracy."
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Question 6 of 25
Why do you want to be an educator?
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Question 7 of 25
Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?
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Question 8 of 25
What are your career goals as a teacher?
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Question 9 of 25
How do you make the curriculum relevant to the lives of your students?
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Question 10 of 25
Tell me how you develop your daily lesson plan and what do you include?
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Question 11 of 25
In what ways do you encourage creativity in your classroom?
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Question 12 of 25
Why do you want to work at this school?
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Question 13 of 25
How do you deal with difficult parents?
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Question 14 of 25
How do you encourage teamwork among your students?
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Question 15 of 25
What types of personalities do you work with best?
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Question 16 of 25
Tell me about the most challenging experience you've had as a teacher.
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Question 17 of 25
How have you showed leadership within your school in the past?
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Question 18 of 25
How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?
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Question 19 of 25
What questions do you have for me?
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Question 20 of 25
Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?
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Question 21 of 25
What is your teaching philosophy?
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Question 22 of 25
A good teacher is always learning. What are you currently learning?
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Question 23 of 25
What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a teacher?
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Question 24 of 25
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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Question 25 of 25
Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?
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About Social Studies Teacher

December 19th, 2014

Middle school teachers educate students, most of whom are in sixth through eighth grades. They help students build on the fundamentals they learned in elementary school and prepare them for the more difficult lessons they will learn in high school.

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