If you could only teach one topic out of social studies, what would it be?
Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Social Studies Teacher interview
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.
Basic answer example
"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."
Entry Level answer example
"Here are some social studies topics that you could mention, and suggested by the National Council for the Social studies
- 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 "
Experienced answer example
"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."