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1. How do you keep your political views out of your teaching?
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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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Social Studies Teacher Interview Questions
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Describe one of the most successful lessons you have taught in a class. Explain why it worked so well.
 
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About how the government operates it worked so well because it was hands on.
 
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In my first day at pv we did an actual easter egg hunt to explain how imperialism worked and to transition to how america became a world power in the early 1900s. The students didn't know who I was, what to expect, etc and my goal was to make them feel comfortable in class, have fun, while also doing an activity that would stick with them throughout the unit as we would be using it often. I allowed the students, just like an imperialist country, to work either individually or as groups to obtain as many easter eggs as possible before the scramble began. At the conclusion of the activity we tallied the scores and announced winners, we then discussed how the easter hunt is similar to imperialism which is when a stronger nation takes over a weaker nation for political, economic, or military reasons. All throughout the unit students fully understood how it related to imperialism and how america became a world power through imperializing weaker nations. It stuck with them even after doing two more units as well.
 
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How would your students describe you as a teacher?
 
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I my students describe me as their friend as well as their mother.
 
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Teaching technic, interaction among the students.
 
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How do you handle stressful situations?
 
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Head on. I first identify the source of the stress, determine whether or not I can do anything to eliminate or lessen the source of the stress, and then act accordingly. If there is nothing I can to about the stress at the time being, I will focus on an activity or idea that can act as a release mechanism for that stress that allows me to carry on with my responsibilities and life normally.
 
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I pray, change my thinking and sometimes I walk.
 
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Describe your teaching style.
 
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I have a hybrid that includes early on direct instruction from a personal model perspective. In the beginning of the year I lead by example. I demonstrate to the students the procedures required to be successful in class. As the year, passes I begin to add more inquiry based learnijng stragaties where the student can explore and activilty participate in the learning process. I also like to add cooperative learning strategies where students with work together in the learning process on special projects. One example of the last two learning styles would be to research, create, and write a historical monograph and have it printed.
 
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Modeling and scaffolding.
 
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What are your career goals as a teacher?
 
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Ultimately, I would like to prepare teachers for the field of education.
 
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To become a good teacher.
 
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Why do you believe Social Studies is a valuable subject that every student needs to learn?
 
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History has shaped the world. We learn from out mistakes. By learning the foundations of society students will get a better understanding of where we came from and how we have evolved through out time.
 
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Because social studies create an awareness about the planet we live in and also the incidents inventions etc so I want every students to like and love social studies as their favorite subject.
 
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If you could only teach one topic out of social studies, what would it be?
 
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If I could teach one subject I would teach economics.
 
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To get a awarness for the student.
 
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Why do you want to be an educator?
 
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To help student s reach their potential.
 
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I enjoy being a parent and teaching is part of that on a more professional level.
 
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Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?
 
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Give student time to reflect on what they have learned and brainstorming. discuss material learned in group.
 
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I assess student learning by participation, question and answers, portfolios, observations, group projects, and presentations.
 
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How do you make the curriculum relevant to the lives of your students?
 
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Keeping the lessons meaningful and relevant to their lives, and always connecting thematerial so they are able to use the skills and knowledge they learn in class in their real lives.
 
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It is easy when your subject is the world. I tell my students to look in their everyday lives and see the connections that can be made from what they learned in class that day.
 
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In what ways do you encourage creativity in your classroom?
 
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I encourage creativity by giving my students a choice in the way they can create a project. Or a choice in group work and what role they can play.
 
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Give students a chance to discuss ideas ask questions with options to choose.
 
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Tell me how you develop your daily lesson plan and what do you include?
 
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I include revision of previous day and reading and questions while preparing lp.
 
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Attention Getters, Goals and objectives and additional activities options if I have additional time.
 
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Why do you want to work at this school?
 
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This school is diverse. I believe I can make a difference.
 
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I researched the school prior to submitting my resume and I immediately noticed that you focus on exellence for every student every day and that means students are familiar with having high expectations set by the school. That is my style.
 
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How would your former employer describe you?
 
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The faculty and staff at Bishop DuBourg High School would describe me as friendly, professional, dedicated, optimistic, and hardworking.
 
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Hard working, dedicated to their job, strong role model for their peers, selfless of himself, reliable, dependable, man of integrity, funny, pleasure to work with.
 
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How do you encourage teamwork among your students?
 
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Grading group for years work.
 
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Inquiry based instruction.
 
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Tell me about the most challenging student you've taught so far.
 
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Not getting an interview in Bemidji for social studies position after teaching 4 years in sped.
 
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Getting the opportunity to showcase my skills.
 
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How do you deal with difficult parents?
 
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By letting them know their child difficulties and calendar.
 
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Well the subject matter itself, religion at a Catholic school, is not always the most motivating content for high school students especially if they are not Catholic and resent having to take a religion course. Although, I must admit the biggest challenge for myself was to not deviate from the Catechism, which I was being paid to teach and endorse, while also allowing my students to express their views respectfully and seriously in class discussions or Socratic seminars .
 
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Describe the teaching techniques or strategies that are most effective for you.
 
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Revision questioning and game play.
 
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The most effective strategies include teaching to all modalities, using a multi-sensory approach. I try to include a variety of assignments such as group projects, research and presentations.
 
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What types of personalities do you work with best?
 
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Pushy people who like to take control of everything. But for the most part I can work with and get along with others.
 
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In the past, I have found it difficult to work with others who see themselves as better than others, who can take criticism, and who refuse to work with others. I have found it challenging to work with them b/c I am a team oriented person who feels the importance of working together over the needs of the individual especially in a learning environment.
 
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How have you showed leadership within your school in the past?
 
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Yes, both by being vocal and by leading by example.
 
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Yes and no. I'm not uncomfortable in positions of leadership when I'm asked or expected to assume them; but I prefer working on a more level basis with coworkers. In the classroom, of course, there is a lot of give and take. Sometimes, I need to be a more authoritative figure. Sometimes a moderator or guide. Sometimes a peer. I'm constantly learning too and we're all still students together at a certain level. When We explore new ideas or concepts (and I've been known to veer off on tangents when the kids are excited about something): I get just as excited as they are and the line blurs a little bit.
 
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What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
 
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Using improved technology--learning more about it and using it more in class.
 
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I forget dates and event but trying to remember by revising.
 
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How do you stay calm when dealing with difficult students in your class?
 
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By making him busy in study related punishment.
 
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Ha, honestly depends. As a coach I can become easily upset with my players if they are giving me a lack of focus, lack of hustle, lack of execution after a while. Which I think is natural for any coach. As a teacher I have found that I have a much longer fuse, per say, when it comes to this. I have only gotten upset when a class has show a lack of focus over a period of time that begins to effect their grade but is easily correctable yet they aren't focused on correcting it. I see it as a sign of laziness which is something I have little tolerance for.
 
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What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a teacher?
 
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Being a parent--it helps me to remember that everyone makes mistakes.
 
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My mother is my greatest strength and my best teacher.
 
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Why do you love to teach?
 
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It's my passion to explain topic in short stories.
 
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I love history it is fun and traceable.
 
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