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How do you encourage teamwork among your students?

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Describe your involvement as a facilitator when you divide your students into teams for projects. How do you teach them to work together? Give an example of how you have helped your students be successful in their group projects or empowered them to resolve a conflict by giving them tools to address issues themselves.

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List of 25 Social Studies Teacher Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    How do you encourage teamwork among your students?

      How to Answer

      Describe your involvement as a facilitator when you divide your students into teams for projects. How do you teach them to work together? Give an example of how you have helped your students be successful in their group projects or empowered them to resolve a conflict by giving them tools to address issues themselves.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "I incorporate group activities to encourage students to work together and learn how to listen and communicate with each other. When my students come to me with issues about their peers, I challenge them to work things out within the group, looking for ways to compromise and divide work fairly."

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      Entry Level

      "Most students are good at collaborating with their friends. With those they do not know, that can be a different story. For this reason, I plan to ensure that students don't always choose the same partners for group work. I want them to embrace diversity in the classroom, and I will encourage that regularly."

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      Experienced

      "I have my students work together on group projects a great deal. I ask them to choose a new partner every time so that they can get to know every student on their terms. This method seems to be working well for everyone. We have less in-class issues and have seen a decline in instances of bullying."

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      Community Answer

      "I incorporate group activities in lessons. This encourages my students to work together and whenever they encounter issues, I encourage them to work things out. I also make sure that they have different groupings to promote diversity and inclusion and help develop their social skills."

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      Stephanie Cafaro Reviewed the Above Answer

      Excellent response! You've really given thoughtful consideration into how teamwork can best help your students grow and develop, both academically and socially.

  • 2.

    Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

      How to Answer

      In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or verbal? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I prefer verbal communication because I feel that with written communication, a lot can be misread due to lack of tone, fluctuation, expression and body language. I will always choose a face to face conversation whenever possible."

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      Entry Level

      "I do not lean one way or another when it comes to verbal or written communication. Both are equally important to me. If I have to choose just one, I will choose written communication as one can always look back on written communication for reference."

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      Experienced

      "I am comfortable with both so that it would depend on the message, I suppose. Big news needs to be communicated verbally and followed up in written form, but quick messages or simple changes can be delivered effectively through email without the hassle of breaking away from work for a call or meeting."

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  • 3.

    How do you manage your time, even on the busiest days?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know more about the types of tools you use to stay on task and meet deadlines. Discuss how you prioritize when everything demands your attention at once. Think about the ways you manage your projects and daily tasks.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I manage my time by exercising the idea of 'time-blocking.' This means that I won't incessantly check my email; instead, I will allow myself to return emails in 30-minute time blocks, four times per day. Setting calendar alerts and personal deadlines for myself has also helped a lot."

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      Entry Level

      "I like to be busy- it makes the hours pass faster and makes me feel productive. Something as simple as my iCalendar on my phone with alarms reminding me of what I'm supposed to be doing and when is helpful. I love to be busy and get things done!"

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      Experienced

      "Very carefully! I prioritize deadlines and work that needs to be done, then work backward from there. When necessary, I utilize my resources and will ask my teaching assistant to pitch in and contribute."

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  • 4.

    What questions do you have for me?

      How to Answer

      It's always a great idea to have questions ready for the interviewer. Review the company website and other online resources to ensure the questions you are asking are not mundane, or redundant. The last thing an interviewer wants to hear is a list of questions you could have found the answers to from merely watching a video on their company site!

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    Do you feel that you are currently paid what you are worth?

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      Many employees will look for new work if they feel that they are underpaid and underappreciated. Talk to the interviewer about your current compensation and whether or not you think it is fair.

      If you do not feel you are currently paid what you are worth: "I know that I am underpaid compared to my industry colleagues. My company is small, and they do what they can, but this is part of why I am seeking a new position."

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    What is your teaching philosophy?

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      The interviewer would like to know what kind of attitude and philosophy you will bring to the school every day. Having a positive view when it comes to work is incredibly important. Talk to the hiring manager about your approach in the workplace.

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  • 7.

    A good teacher is always learning. What are you currently learning?

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      Show the interviewer that you're interesting, and always interested. Make some connections to your teaching and tell them how you've applied or plan to apply what you've learned to reach your students, academically or otherwise.

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  • 8.

    Why do you want to work at this school?

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      Are you just looking for a job or are you genuinely interested in what this school has to offer you? It's important to know the values of the school and what they are doing for their students that stand out.

      What are they doing for their teachers? How is their education program better than others? Maybe you want to grow in your knowledge or expertise teaching differently and the school offers the means to do that. Show how you share their values and discuss your passion for education.

      Learn more about the school by talking to teachers who work there to get a better picture of their culture and their views on education. Research test scores or graduation statistics. Think about what is important to you in a place that you work and learn about how this school compares to your values.

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  • 9.

    If you could only teach one topic out of social studies, what would it be?

      How to Answer

      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 to 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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  • 10.

    Why do you believe social studies is a valuable subject that every student needs to learn?

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      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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  • 11.

    In what ways do you encourage creativity in your classroom?

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      The interviewer wants to know that you encourage your students to be creative and that you have tactics for adapting your material to promote creativity. Give examples of different topics you teach creatively. Depending on the age group you may have more opportunities to be creative.

      For example, with middle schoolers, you could have them do a project where they create their tribe based on what you learned about the Native American tribes. Show that you can think outside of the box and that you are willing to take the curriculum into your own hands to make it easier to digest.

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  • 12.

    Tell me how you develop your daily lesson plan and what do you include?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to learn your process of lesson planning. Everyone may have different steps that they take, but you will want to address a few key points. Some examples might be:

      1) What do I want my students to learn?
      2) What activities will I use?
      3) How will I check for understanding?

      Give the interviewer your structure for planning. For the activity, you may want to give an example such as a game, writing exercise, or discussion topics. Sometimes it's easier to discuss an actual lesson plan you taught in the past and explain how you came up with it. This is a question you want to be prepared with examples and details. They may ask you, "why" after you explain your process, so be prepared to talk about your method in depth.

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  • 13.

    What are your career goals as a teacher?

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      You may plan to continue working as a teacher for a long time. Maybe you are interested in moving into the administrative side, working as a principal or superintendent of schools. Your goal could also be to complete your masters, furthering your education.

      Showing that you are interested in growing on a personal and a professional level is essential to convey to your interviewer. You want to show how your goal is relevant to the position you are interviewing for. Talk about how the position will help you reach your goals, giving as much detail as possible.

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  • 14.

    How do you deal with difficult parents?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer wants to know that you feel confident in facing difficulties, especially when talking to the parents of your students. Difficult parents can be much more challenging than the students at times! When a student is struggling in your class, you might be faced with parent meetings. Speak from experience. If you haven't been in this situation before, talk about how you would handle it, drawing from your personal experience.

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  • 15.

    What types of personalities do you work with best?

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      Think about the work environment you thrive in. What do you need to be successful? People who motivate you and encourage you to be the best version of yourself always makes a difference in the workplace.

      Give an example from your experience of people you either currently work with or have worked with in the past that help you stay motivated and keep going, even during stressful times.

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    How would your students describe you as a teacher?

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      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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  • 17.

    How do you handle stressful situations?

      How to Answer

      There is a broad range of examples you could give here. You want to show that you are capable of coping with stress keep you in your job, sharing tools or strategies that help you stay calm. Show you are prepared, as you will likely face stressful situations in this position from time to time.

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  • 18.

    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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  • 19.

    How do you make the curriculum relevant to the lives of your students?

      How to Answer

      As a teacher, it's up to you to make the curriculum applicable to your students. It can't always be relevant but it can be made easier to digest.

      Think of an example of a topic that was very difficult to teach because it was a little beyond the scope of your students. How did you present the material? Sometimes it comes down to your passion for the subject and how you interact with the students.

      If you give them an activity to do in groups or alone that interests them, the topic can be that much more interesting. Incorporating elements of your teaching style will help in your example. Also sharing tools and techniques you have learned are other ways to make the curriculum more interesting to your students.

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  • 20.

    What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?

      How to Answer

      Pick weaknesses that are not a core skill for this position. You can be candid in your answer; recognizing that you aren't great at something and acknowledging your need to improve. Be sure to have an action plan in place for improving on this weakness.

      Perhaps you are watching TED talks to gain skills in a particular area, reading the latest-and-greatest book on the subject, or maybe you are taking a seminar at a nearby community center. We are all human with our weaknesses, so don't be afraid to share yours!

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    What is your greatest strength? How does it help you as a teacher?

      How to Answer

      Which personal strengths make you an excellent social studies teacher? Advantages can be skills or qualities that help you overcome difficult circumstances or accomplish challenging tasks. In a work context, your strengths will help you to complete your to-do list, understand students needs, and guide you in your relationships with other members of your faculty.

      In preparing for this type of question, list your strengths. You can narrow them down by thinking about how they help you as a teacher. Think of situations where your strengths help you shine, such as dealing with an unmotivated student or when teaching a topic that most students would find uninteresting.

      For example, if you are an encourager and motivator, you could say that you love coaching your students. Give a specific instance, such as working with a student who was unmotivated and failing the class. This situation could incorporate multiple strengths, such as being strategic and observant, seeking to understand the problem and then coming up with a way that worked for the student to help empower them. Using examples helps the interviewer get a better picture of your strengths in action.

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  • 22.

    Tell me about the most challenging experience you've had as a teacher.

      How to Answer

      As a social studies teacher, you will always have a challenging student, or four, in your classroom! The interviewer wants to be assured that you can handle these circumstances with grace and professionalism.

      Sometimes all you can do is be supportive by spending time with struggling students, teaching them about time management, and encouraging them to seek extra help on their own. You may have had a challenging student who was disruptive in class. How you handle these types of difficulties tells the interviewer that you have the skills to deal with challenging students and that you will be equipped to handle them in the future.

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    Why do you want to be an educator?

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      There are many reasons why you may have chosen the teaching field. You may naturally have the knack for teaching. You might have been inspired by a teacher you had in high school. Share your passion for teaching. Why is education important to you? Think about the aspects of teaching that bring you the most joy.

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  • 24.

    Other than tests, how do you assess student learning?

      How to Answer

      It's important to be able to measure how your students are doing so that you can identify gaps and know how to move forward with your teaching. Maybe you conduct a daily quiz or assign homework after teaching a new topic to measure how well your students are retaining the information. Describe some ways that you do this.

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    How have you showed leadership within your school in the past?

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      The interviewer wants to see that you take the initiative to go above and beyond your job description. There are many opportunities to make a difference in your school. Joining committees and helping plan events shows that you are taking an interest in the greater good of your students and faculty.

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