Top 25 Social Studies Teacher Interview Questions
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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What are your career goals as a teacher?
 
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To make my students self reliant and discover their possibilties to serve the community.
 
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My goal is I want to become a good teacher and also I want to be a continuous learner to love teaching.
 
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To develop student learning in order to make learning fun. Engage students daily about the lesson plan. Make the lesson plan pertinent in the everyday lives of students.
 
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As social study teacher I try myself to have command over subject and students psychology.
 
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Role modle of the teacher.
 
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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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Funny. Smart. Energetic. Kids generally think I am "way nicer than Mr. So-And-So". I try to discourage that but I hear it a lot.
 
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Fully efficient and skillfull.
 
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Caring, compassionate, funny, mean...
 
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I take disappointment as a learning opportunity. Disappointments are natural in life if you are taking risks and moving forward. For me, it is a chance to reevaluate what I was doing, what was successful, and how I could have done things differently. I know that everything we do as teachers is process oriented and setbacks can only make us stronger. This is also how I would address disappointments with my 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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I handle them mostly pretty well, stress is all around us and how we react to it determines how we will progress. Keeping it under control and now allowing it to consume you is the toughest part and is something I have struggled with before. If there are hard deadlines and multiple things that are just thrown at me it takes me some time to focus and strategize a plan to accomplish all the different tasks.
 
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Take a deep breath. Find ways to decompress.
 
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I try to frame the situation as objectively as possible, without emotional or intellectual bias, before I examine my role in a given situation and consider my options.
 
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Describe your teaching style.
 
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My way of teaching is using powerpoint presentation an activity based learning and also I want my students my understand the concept from their heart so that they will never forget it.
 
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First I give the exercise for the relative topic then explain the the content. The student also interact the classroom activity.
 
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I believe students learn better by experiments so my style of teaching is learning by doing where concepts are being clear in students mind.
 
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Join our past with our present.
 
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Problem solving. Concept clearance.
 
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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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Senator project. Students were eager to take ownership of the activity.
 
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A team teaching lesson in which we performed mock supreme court hearings. Students were broken into groups in order to argue one of 2 sides of an issue or be on the supreme court. Students then presented arguments with the justices asking questions about the arguments. I felt it was so successful because the lesson was different from many classroom activities and had great participation but it was also able to be differentiated with 2 teachers team teaching the lesson and providing multiple ways for students to show their understanding of the content.
 
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One of the most successful lessons I taught was during my time at Westchester Middle School during my student teaching assignment. We were covering the Illinois State Constitution, and we were specifically talking about the Executive Branch. I wanted to compose a lesson that would make understanding and memorizing these officers and their powers creative, fun, and easily memorizable. Prior to composing the unit I had asked my class about what they were interested in outside of school, many of which, boys and girls stated that they were interested in super hero movies and comics. I used this to create a lesson that required groups of 4 to 5 students, modified of course for skill-sets, social dynamics, and emotional needs to create a superhero that demonstrated the powers of that particular assigned position. An example was the Governator, he/she could sign or veto bills with her lightning rod pen! The kids loved it, and they stated that making those posters made remembering the Executive Branch on the test very simple.
 
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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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It gives us the political administrative tackties.
 
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I believe that social studies teaches students a foundation in culture, econonmics, politics and overall social skills.
 
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Its our history it is our lives.
 
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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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If I could teach only one subject, I would teach psychology, history, economics or sociology.
 
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Satyagraghand non violence.
 
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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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I want to make the same impact my educators had on me.
 
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I want to make a different in someone's life by teaching and sharing tools and strategies to succeed in life.
 
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Through education we can share our knowledge.
 
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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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Open discussion, project interpretations, games to help them learn, movies to show era.
 
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Informal assessments such as discussions or homeworks.
 
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Project works as well as activities based pn the topic.
 
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