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Top 25 Teacher Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
What is the most challenging experience you've faced as a teacher?
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Question 2 of 25
How do you feel about inclusive classrooms?
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Inclusive classrooms are a growing trend, intended to be beneficial for students with learning challenges. Have you had any experience with special education with children or children who may benefit from being in inclusive classrooms? Talk about your experience.

Here are some general benefits of inclusive classrooms:

1) Tailored teaching to target students with different learning preferences (i.e., visual aids like cubes or chips, and interactive whiteboards).
2) Allowing students to move around or use fidgets in the classroom.
3) Use of specialized services such as speech therapists or reading specialists.

Answer Example
"Inclusive classrooms are wonderful, so long as everyone involved, regardless of their learning status, feels they are getting what they need from the classroom environment. How do you embrace inclusive classrooms in your school?"
Entry Level Example
"I feel that inclusive classrooms should be a more widespread idea and embraced whenever possible. It's important for all students to have the opportunity to communicate with other students, at all learning levels."
Experienced Example
"For students at a lower learning level, it's important for them to be part of a community of learners who can act as mentors to them and encourage them never to give up. When it comes to my students at higher learning levels, its important that they work with students at lower levels who they can teach, and encourage. Diversity makes the world go round, and it's important that everyone learn from an early age to embrace that."
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Question 3 of 25
How do you communicate with parents on a regular basis?
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The interviewer would like to know the resources that you use to stay in touch with parents regularly. There are a variety of useful parent-teacher communication methods. If you can, do some research on the parent demographic at the school for which you're interviewing. If it's a more traditional environment, writing a homework log or making phone calls may be better. Perhaps you rely on email, texting, Twitter, or even a classroom blog to reach out to parents. Whatever they may be, make sure your methods are modern and up-to-date.

Answer Example
"In my classroom, we have a private Twitter account that the parents can join. The students will upload photos of their work and can also send direct Tweets to their parents when they are proud of their work. We also have agenda every day, and the parents initial the communication daily. Each parent has my email address, so they are free to contact me at any time."
Entry Level Example
"I would communicate with parents on a regular basis by encouraging them to email or call me anytime they needed. I have also learned a great deal about the available apps that parents can download, allowing for regular communication between themselves and their child during the day. Do you have a preference at your school when it comes to apps used to communicate with parents?"
Experienced Example
"I have learned over the years that parent communication is incredibly important and necessary to have a well-run classroom. I send out a weekly email recapping everything that has happened in the class that week. Daily, we have an app called Collaborize Classroom where I can send updates, homework links, and photos through to the parents. Everything that I use is completely secure."
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Question 4 of 25
How would your students describe your relationship with them, and your teaching style?
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This question focuses more on your relationship with the students. The interviewer wants to know how you interact with your students and how they would talk about your teaching style if given the opportunity. Also, this focuses on what are your teaching methods and how well your students receive them. Are you accountable for your teaching style? Are you proud of your teaching methods, and confident that your students would speak highly of you? Think of two to three points which are especially liked by the students, something you do that has been very effective or helpful for students.

Answer Example
"I think my students would comment on how my classes are fun and interactive. I never let anyone sleep or get away with not being engaged and I have a list of games up my sleeve to pull out whenever the class is getting dry. I also want to make sure my students are up and moving in my class. Sometimes we'll spend the afternoon enacting a Shakespearean sonnet or making posters for our Renaissance festival."
Entry Level Example
"I would like for my future students to describe my teaching style as interactive, interesting, and modern. I want to incorporate pop-culture into my lessons so that kids are interested in the topics at hand, and ensure they can relate to the discussions that take place. I also aim to be a teacher that cares and is approachable, should a student be struggling with anything."
Experienced Example
"Some ways that my students have described me, over the years, include the way that I can take a complicated concept and make it easy to understand. I am intuitive and can tell quickly when a student is struggling with a lesson. I am also highly involved in extra-curricular activities, so my students would likely say that I am a big supporter of their efforts, in all ways."
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Question 5 of 25
What are some techniques you use to teach besides direct instruction?
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Although direct instruction works well for specific topics and types of students, teachers are alternating and expanding their teaching methods to combine both direct teaching and the alternative constructivist approach, which promotes social interaction through discussion and stimulates critical thinking. Think about your teaching style - are you more hands-on or hands-off? Do you allow students to figure out answers on their own? Do you like to be highly involved in their solution process?

Here are some strategies that you can discuss:

1) Peer editing, teaching, and assessment
2) Self and teacher assessment
3) Discussion-based lessons
4) Research
5) Learning through visual arts

Answer Example
"I like to use a broad range of techniques including learning through group discussions, hands-on arts-based projects, and self-assessment. I believe that by switching up the techniques in the classroom, I am keeping my students on their toes while also helping them to think more critically about their performance."
Entry Level Example
"I look forward to incorporating a variety of techniques in my teaching when I enter the classroom. What I would like to do is incorporate multi-media, field trips, guest speakers, and group discussions as often as possible. By mixing it up, I will ensure that my students remain engaged and challenged."
Experienced Example
"Over the years I have developed a great mix of direct instruction, student-led research, group-based discussion, and multi-media offerings for each class that I teach. It's a must, in my opinion, to offer a few methods for learning so that my students remain attentive and engaged."
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Question 6 of 25
A good teacher is always learning. What is something you are learning about recently?
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Question 7 of 25
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
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Question 8 of 25
What is your teaching philosophy?
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Question 9 of 25
What interests you about our school?
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Question 10 of 25
What was your most rewarding experience during your student teaching internship program?
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Question 11 of 25
If students were having difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
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Question 12 of 25
What techniques do you use to accommodate different learning styles?
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Question 13 of 25
How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
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Question 14 of 25
Describe your typical lesson.
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Question 15 of 25
What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?
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Question 16 of 25
How do you use technology to improve your lessons?
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Question 17 of 25
What changes do you make to your lesson plans each year?
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Question 18 of 25
How can you encourage a student who lacks confidence and inspire him or her to learn?
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Question 19 of 25
What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
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Question 20 of 25
How would you improve public education, if you had the power to do so?
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Question 21 of 25
How do you accommodate for non-English speakers or low-level English speakers?
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Question 22 of 25
What is your classroom management plan and what do you hope to accomplish with it?
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Question 23 of 25
If you were asked to create a behavior modification plan for ongoing misbehavior, what would it be?
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Question 24 of 25
Discuss one memorable parent meeting you have had in the past.
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Question 25 of 25
As a teacher, what makes you happiest?
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September 30th, 2017

Teachers are committed to educating students of all ages and preparing them for the world. This is an immensely satisfying job as you get to see your students' progress every day. A teacher's exact duties may vary depending on the type of institution they are working in and the age of the students they are teaching. In general, teachers create and teach age-appropriate lesson plans for their class, test students regularly, assess students' progress and prepare them for the next year's class.

The educational qualifications to become a teacher vary slightly depending on the age of the students you will be teaching. A high school diploma and relevant training may be sufficient to become a preschool teacher. High school teachers and postsecondary teachers at colleges are required to have a master's degree. A Ph.D. in the relevant field can give you the edge when applying for a college teacher's job. Teachers must love being in the company of children. They must also have strong problem-solving, instruction, interpersonal, communication, writing and creative skills.

At your interview for a teacher's job, the interviewing panel will ask you a wide range of questions to assess your suitability to the role. They will want to know why you chose to become a teacher and what are your strengths and weaknesses. Answering smartly and confidently will reassure the interviewers that you are the right candidate for the job. Are you looking for a place where you can find these answers listed? The best place to go to is Mock Questions.

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