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What is the most challenging experience you've faced as a teacher?

All 228 Teacher Interview Questions

  1. Teacher Interview Questions


    What is the most challenging experience you've faced as a teacher?

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    A good teacher is always learning. What is something you are learning about recently?

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    How would your students describe your relationship with them, and your teaching style?

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    How do you feel about inclusive classrooms?

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    How do you communicate with parents on a regular basis?

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    What are some techniques you use to teach besides direct instruction?

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    Why did you decide to become a teacher?

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    What is your teaching philosophy?

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    What interests you about our school?

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    What was your most rewarding experience during your student teaching internship program?

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    What techniques do you use to accommodate different learning styles?

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    If students were having difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

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    How will you instruct students with varying abilities?

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    Describe your typical lesson.

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    What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?

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    How do you use technology to improve your lessons?

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    As a teacher, what makes you happiest?

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    What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?

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    How would you improve public education, if you had the power to do so?

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    What changes do you make to your lesson plans each year?

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    Discuss one memorable parent meeting you have had in the past.

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    If you were asked to create a behavior modification plan for ongoing misbehavior, what would it be?

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    What is your classroom management plan and what do you hope to accomplish with it?

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    How do you accommodate for non-English speakers or low-level English speakers?

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    How can you encourage a student who lacks confidence and inspire him or her to learn?

  26. Behavior Teacher Questions


    Describe a recent interaction with a challenging student and the parents.

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    How would the typical student describe you?

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    How would you report a delicate issue to your superior?

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    When were you most challenged by a student?

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    Explain a time you misled students accidentally. How did you resolve the problem?

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    What does a typical day look like in your classroom?

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    Share a time you received constructive feedback. What was your response?

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    Express a time you gave constructive feedback to a peer. How did the colleague react?

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    Share a recently implemented teaching style you tried. How did the implementation go?

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    What have you done when someone has challenged a grade?

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    What is the planning process like for the units you create?

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    How do you monitor the progress of students?

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    What technology do you add to your lessons?

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    How do you change up lesson plans when an unforeseen circumstance happens during the day?

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    How do you manage your time efficiently?

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    What different learning styles have you used when teaching?

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    How do you meet the needs of all students in your class?

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    How have you used differentiated instruction when teaching?

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    Share a example when you have encouraged students to accept each other.

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    What do you do with students who do not complete their homework regularly?

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    How do you handle conflict between two students?

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    Share a time when your lesson did not work. What did you do next?

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    Describe a time when you had to share a tough decision with a student.

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    What is your reaction when a student or students are bored with your class?

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    How do you manage situations when it feels like a class is getting too rowdy?

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    Share a time when you interacted with angry parents who were complaining about your teaching methods.

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    How do you interact with a student when they have let you down?

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    What is the biggest obstacle you have had to break-through as a teacher?

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    What extra-curricular activities have you been a part of?

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    What requires the most of you as a teacher in a common day?

  56. Situational Teacher Questions


    What was a time you failed and how did you handle it?

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    Share a time when you worked with someone who you didn't work well with.

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    How would you handle being asked to start a task that you have no experience in?

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    Speak about a high-pressure experience. What got you through?

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    Describe a time when you made a quality impression on someone.

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    What are you most proud of in your career?

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    Tell about a problem you witnessed and how you worked through it.

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    Share about a difficult student you have worked with. What was the experience like?

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    Describe a time when you had a lot of work to do. How did you handle the situation?

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    What are the steps you take to make a difficult decision?

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    What do you do when you are on a time-crunch waiting for someone else to finish their part of the task?

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    Speak to a time you had a disagreement with your boss. How was the situation handled in the end?

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    Share about a difficult colleague you have worked with. What was the experience like?

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    Tell about a time you set a goal and you completed it.

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    Recall a time you explained something to a frustrated student or parent. How did the process go and what was the response like?

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    What is the biggest conflict you have had at work?

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    How would you describe our school during your first visit?

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    Share a time you did not see eye-to-eye with school leadership? What was your response?

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    How do you support keeping the school a safe-learning atmosphere?

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    What is your approach in connecting with parents?

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    How do you increase participation in the classroom?

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    Describe your experience involving IEPs.

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    What is your preparation like involving standardized assessments?

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    Would you like to advise or coach at this school?

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    As a student, what organizations and clubs were you connected with?

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    Which subject is not fun for you?

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    What is your favorite grade level to teach and why?

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    What way does not work for discipline?

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    What moment(s) made you want to become a teacher?

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    What situation in teaching makes you feel the least comfortable?

  86. Leadership Teacher Questions


    How do you stop bias in your classroom?

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    Who are you and how does that impact people?

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    Where are you going in life and how do you bring people along for the ride?

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    How do you bring teachers into your curriculum?

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    What is a time where someone was a leader to you?

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    How do you give students opportunities to be a leader?

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    What does 'leadership' mean to you?

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    Share an example where you experienced poor leadership.

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    Describe a time you improved your leadership skills.

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    What is not an attribute of leadership that some people think is?

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    Who has been the best leader in the world's history?

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    How do you want to improve your leadership skills here at this school?

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    How do you model listening in your classroom?

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    What is the best way to solidify relationships with your peers?

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    How do you maximize the strengths of people around you?

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    What are the realities of teaching when giving advice to another teacher?

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    What are the best ways to engage in a school community?

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    What are learning areas that you can model as a leader?

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    What does teaching to look like at the perfect school?

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    How do you communicate the vision of the school?

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    What are the best ways to build leadership in a school?

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    What do you want your 'fingerprint' to be on the school?

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    What are your expertise areas?

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    What value do you bring to a leadership team at a school?

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    In what ways do you work collaboratively?

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    Speak of a time where you motivated another teacher.

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    Speak of a time when you motivated another student.

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    How do you work with other to create an authentic learning environment?

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    How do you engage families in the teaching process?

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    In what ways do you support teachers at school?

  116. High School Teacher Interview Questions


    Have you ever taught a class with special needs students, or students with a disability? If so, how did you adjust your teaching style or curriculum?

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    Which subject do you most enjoy teaching?

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    How would you handle a student being disruptive in the classroom?

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    How do you earn the respect of your students?

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    What qualities do you believe make an excellent teacher?

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    What is your teaching philosophy?

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    How do want your students to remember you?

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    In your opinion, what is the most rewarding part of being a teacher?

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    Why are you the best teacher for us?

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    How do you prepare students for standardized assessments?

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    What is your communication style with the parents of your students?

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    Have you ever received an award or special workplace accolade?

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    Out of curiosity, what type of student were you in high school?

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    What are you reading right now?

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    What types of activities keep you busy, outside of work?

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    What interests you most when it comes to teaching at the High School level?

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    What area of professional development are you currently focused on?

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    What is the most challenging part of your job, as a teacher?

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    Tell me about a time that another teacher has influenced you.

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    How often do you send your students with homework? What is your philosophy on homework?

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    Tell me about one of your own teachers that made an impact on you.

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    You have been hired as the newest member of our teaching team. How would you first introduce yourself to a group of parents, students, and teachers from our school?

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    Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't know from reading your resume.

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    What motivates you?

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    How do you handle stress on the job?

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    Tell me about your leadership qualities.

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    What are your salary expectations?

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    How do you deal with distracting coworkers who stand in the way of your productivity?

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    Rate your communication skills from 1-10 with proper examples backing your given rating.

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

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    Describe an ongoing problem at your current or former employer that you were able to overcome.

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    When have you had to lead by example?

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    We were initially looking for someone with 5 years' experience in a similar role. Considering you have just 2 years' experience, would you be willing to accept this position at a lower salary?

  149. Middle School Teacher Interview Questions


    What is the last book you read? When did you read it?

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    Do you want students to like you? Why or why not?

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    How do you make learning fun?

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    Have you taught classrooms with bilingual students? If so, how have you supported them in their learning?

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    How do you feel about supporting various roles at school?

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    What is the difference between a good teacher and an outstanding teacher?

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    Why are you a good fit for this job and our school district?

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    What makes you qualified for this teaching position?

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    Why did you choose to become a middle school teacher?

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    What was the most useful college course you have taken?

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    Name three words that describe you.

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    Name three of your weaknesses.

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    Describe a time you navigated disruptive behavior in the classroom.

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    What part of teaching do you look the most forward to?

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    Have you ever been a substitute teacher? Describe that experience.

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    Are you a flexible person?

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    What type of student were you in middle school?

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    Are you actively involved in any type of community service?

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    Would you say that you are a tough teacher?

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    What book best describes you and why?

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    What has been the most challenging thing about teaching for you so far?

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    How do you develop self-esteem within students?

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    How do you cater to different learning styles in your classroom?

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    When do you typically find a need to connect with fellow teachers?

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    How do you engage parents in their child's learning?

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    How would you react if a parent complained about your class?

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    How do you manage students with different reading abilities?

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    What does a model classroom look like to you?

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    What was the most difficult child you have ever dealt with?

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    How would you describe your teaching style?

  179. Elementary Teacher Interview Questions


    What would you do if 50% of a class did poorly on a test?

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    How would you apply technology to enhance daily instruction and increase student learning?

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    How would you rank these in importance and why? Planning, discipline, methods, evaluation.

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    Do you believe you should build rapport with students? If yes, how?

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    How do you deal with an unmotivated student?

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    How do you encourage students to learn? Can a student be forced to learn?

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    What attracted you to this school?

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    If a student came to you and said, 'None of the other students like me,' what would you tell them?

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    What are your computer skills? What computer software have you used?

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    What would you tell a parent who complained about their child not having enough homework?

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    What was your most rewarding experience during student teaching?

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    What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?

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    Why did you decide to become a teacher?

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    Can you tell me about a time when you had to step into the role of a caregiver, and what you learned from that experience?

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    Are you a positive and energetic person?

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    If a student said she thought you were the worst teacher she ever had, what would you say?

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    If I were your principal and we were setting goals for next year, what would they be?

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    Are you a team player?

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    What is your philosophy towards work?

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    What is your greatest strength?

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    How do you handle stressful situations?

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    How do you overcome a difficult problem?

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    If you had enough money to retire right now, would you?

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    How will you instruct students with varying abilities?

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    If students were having difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

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    How do you feel when a student fails?

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    What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?

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    Why are you the best person for this job?

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    What challenges are you looking for in a position?

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    It seems like there is never enough time to cover the curriculum or to get children to master content and skills. Would you comment on that?