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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?
How to Answer
We all have challenges in our professions, and it is okay to talk about them! The key is that we do not allow these situations to get the best of us. Begin by sharing your most challenging experience as a teacher. Express that you did not let the case to get the best of you. Instead, you turned it into something positive. Mention what you learned from that situation, and explain what you would do in the future if you found yourself in a similar position again.

Answer Example
"The most challenging experience for me in my teaching career was dealing with a parent who was always complaining about the things we did in the classroom. I was new to the school, and he wanted his daughter to be in the class of her former teacher. I called the parent for a sit-down and talked to him about the issues he had with me being the new teacher. I went over my credentials, complimented his child, and thanked him for his concern and involvement. In the end, he understood that his daughter will get new teachers now and then, and that was par-for-the-course in any school. He never complained after that, and we continue to have a great working relationship."
Entry Level Example
"The most challenging experience I have faced as a new teacher was with the faculty where I completed my internship. Unfortunately, it was very much a clique situation, and I did not gain the warm welcome that I was hoping. I made the most of the situation, kept my head high, soaking in all the knowledge that I could, and then moved on. What I learned is that I will always be warm and welcoming to the new teachers that come after me. I will do what I can to mentor and accept them, no matter how inexperienced they are."
Experienced Example
"The school I worked for went through some significant budget cuts last year. We were severely struggling even to get new pencil crayons in the classrooms, and books for the library. A few teachers and I put our heads together and created a plan for a community fundraiser and silent auction. The parents in the community became more involved than I could have imagined, and we raised $15,000 for our school. With that money, we were able to give our students some incredible experiences they otherwise would not have had. I learned that when you ask, people will help and that there are always resources to go around, you have to look a bit harder than usual sometimes."
Question 2 of 25
How do you feel about inclusive classrooms?
How to Answer
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."
Question 3 of 25
How do you communicate with parents on a regular basis?
How to Answer
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."
Question 4 of 25
How would your students describe your relationship with them, and your teaching style?
How to Answer
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."
Question 5 of 25
What are some techniques you use to teach besides direct instruction?
How to Answer
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."
Question 6 of 25
A good teacher is always learning. What is something you are learning about recently?
How to Answer
Show the interviewer that you continue to advance your learning and that you have a genuine interest in your working environment. What is something new that currently has your attention?

Here is a list of things you can talk about:

1) a new hobby or sport you're passionate about
2) a new country or place traveled
3) a new dish you cooked or tried
4) an insightful book or TV show

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 use what you've learned to reach your students, academically or otherwise.

Answer Example
"I recently watched a Netflix show called 13 Reasons Why which delves deeply and unabashedly into issues many teenagers deal with but are unwilling to discuss, such as suicide, and cyberbullying. One of the most interesting things I learned is that a teenager's hippocampus isn't yet fully developed, which is why they can interpret a negative remark or dirty look as lasting and eternal. It helps me to have more patience and empathy with my more problematic students as I realize there are plenty of issues beyond the surface that I might not be aware of."
Entry Level Example
"I have been a University student for many years now and am always reading. To switch things up, I recently started subscribing to a few different podcasts. My favorite at the moment is 'French Your Way' which is led by a native French teacher who teaches the language to her podcast students. I love the variety of things that I can learn just from tuning in!"
Experienced Example
"I recently decided to take up more physical activity, since much of my day is sedentary. I have been going to yoga, spin, and boxing classes. I feel great and bring more energy to my classroom as of late."
Question 7 of 25
Why did you decide to become a teacher?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know more about the passion that drives you to be an educator. If there was a person or an experience that inspired you to choose the path of teaching as a career, share your story. Discuss your passion for what you do by pinpointing the best parts of your day-to-day, as a teacher. Genuine enthusiasm is the key to a successful reply!

Answer Example
"I always go back to memories of my eighth-grade teacher. He had a lot of passion for his class and put his whole heart into his teaching. He spent time after school talking to the students and getting to know them. While his classes were challenging, the biggest influence he had on us was that he always encouraged us never to give up. I believe his influence is what initially sparked my interest in becoming an educator. I try to emulate this same level of care and consideration with my students now."
Entry Level Example
"When I first started University, I entered into general studies because I honestly did not know what I wanted to do. I met with a career counselor who performed a Meyers-Briggs personality test on me, to see if we could discover some of my potential interests. She started talking about the path of an educator, and I was hooked. After a few background checks, and some strings pulled, she was able to get me a 1-week volunteer placement at a local elementary school. At the end of that assignment, I knew teaching was my path. I am ever-thankful for her guidance and have never looked back."
Experienced Example
"Growing up, both of my parents were educators; my mother, an elementary school teacher and my father, a high-school chemistry teacher. They loved their jobs and in fact, just retired a couple of years ago. The schedules worked well for them, and I was always so proud to see them helping people achieve their educational goals. I have been a teacher for fifteen years now and could not imagine doing anything else."
Question 8 of 25
What is your teaching philosophy?
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know what kind of attitude, and approach, you will bring to their school if hired. Having a positive philosophy when it comes to work is crucial, especially if you spend your days with impressionable young students. Talk to the interviewer about your belief in approaching work, and life in general.

Answer Example
"My philosophy, when it comes to teaching, is to never give up on my students. Everyone has their talents and strengths. Too often I see teachers giving up on a student because they didn't perform to expectations. But perseverance is key, and I've seen a transformation when a teacher is willing to spend time committing to a student and guiding them through a difficult learning curve."
Entry Level Example
"I believe that healthy study habits start at a very young age, and continue to develop as the student grows. My philosophy will be to teach my students HOW to study, HOW to maintain focus, and HOW to ask the right questions. With those tools at their fingertips, they will be able to achieve so much more."
Experienced Example
"My teaching philosophy is that if the student can engage with the content, they will be successful. We lose the attention and interest of so many students because the curriculum is dull, and they cannot relate to it through their everyday lives. I am sure to incorporate today's technology, and social events, into my lessons to keep their attention. Maybe comparing some of the ancient monarchs to Beyonce is a bit unusual, but my kids listen up, and their grades reflect this!"
Question 9 of 25
What interests you about our school?
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know the depth of your knowledge regarding their school and the demographic. The way you answer this question will help them to determine if you will be a good fit when it comes to their workplace culture. Do some research beforehand about the learning environment. For what is the school known? Is it rigorous and academically-oriented, or perhaps its known for its sports teams? Know what strengths the school offers in the district. Then, let the interviewer know precisely how well you believe you will fit in.

Answer Example
"I've always been interested in e-learning and alternative learning methods for students because I think this is where the future of education is. From my research, this school is very technologically advanced and uses smart boards and offers plenty online classes that students would not otherwise have the opportunity to take, such as AP French Language and Culture. I see that your school also provides students with laptops and promotes a paperless environment, which is a big part of my lifestyle as well."
Entry Level Example
"My interest in your school stems from the fact that I have lived in this community most of my life, and even spent a couple of my educational years attending here. Now that I have completed my degree in Education, I would be thrilled to carve a career for myself in the same community, and district, where it all began!"
Experienced Example
"I have a few former colleagues who have made their way over to your school. Over the years I have heard wonderful things about your AP options as well as the supportive parent community. I would greatly compliment this positive reputation your school has created, by way of my strong reputation and tenure as a middle-school educator."
Question 10 of 25
What was your most rewarding experience during your student teaching internship program?
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know which types of circumstances inspire you to be a fantastic teacher. Remember that time you walked away from a tutoring session feeling on top of the world? What made that experience so great? Perhaps a student had a significant knowledge breakthrough. Maybe you finally connected with a student you had been trying to build a relationship with for some time. Describe your most rewarding experience giving a little background on the situation and providing a solid explanation for why the experience was so satisfying.

Answer Example
"During my student teaching internship program at School ABC, I had been working with a student for a few weeks on algebra. He was having a hard time understanding the concept of letters in equations. I designed a funny poem to help him understand how to solve equations, and he had a breakthrough! The poem was the resource he needed, and he aced his next exam at school. It was so great seeing how excited he was to tell me about his exam score!"
Entry Level Example
"When I first entered my student teaching internship program I honestly didn't realize how much of a mentor I would end up being to these young students. I knew that teaching was similar to coaching; however, I didn't expect anyone to look up to me. It was so rewarding to have these kids ask for life advice like, 'How do you study even when your friends want to hang out?' and 'How did you choose the University that you wanted to go to?'. This experience has opened my eyes to precisely the example that I need to be for my students all through my future teaching career."
Experienced Example
"The teacher that I completed my internship program under has been the biggest positive influence on my teaching career and is still a mentor to me. Meeting him was the most rewarding experience for which I could have asked. The semester that I spent watching him interact with his students, and elicit excitement into otherwise mundane lesson plans, was all the fire that I needed to start my career off right."
Preview Behavioral Interview Questions with Teacher Answer Examples
1. Describe a time when you motivated yourself to complete an assignment or task that you did not feel like doing.
"Report cards are never fun. I have over three hundred students, so it's an enormous task. I like to try to make them personalized since I know the parents appreciate the added effort. So, it becomes a rather large project. In any event, it has to get done, and I just make sure to break the reports up by class and complete one class per day. It's not a fancy process, but it works for me. I believe the extra effort is appreciated."
2. Tell me about a time when you were in danger of missing a deadline. What did you do?
"Last summer during curriculum writing, we were having some conflict about what would be added, cut, or kept. Because of this, we got a bit behind. Ultimately, we ended up working extra hard and some longer hours than usual in the last week to make the final revisions to the curriculum. I believe that passion showed in our final decision since the following year was the most fun, inspired, and arguably effective curriculum we'd developed to date."
3. Tell me about a time when you were particularly effective in prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule.
My class only lasts 20 or 25 minutes, and I know that children thrive with routines, so they know exactly what to expect as far as a framework for each class. We sing our greeting song as I enter the class, then we do our review, new lesson, and finally our exit song. We have to stay on task each and every minute, and we do! Even if it looks like we are having fun -- which we are -- we are learning and staying on track to wrap up units as they are scheduled across the district, which may sound like a small feat, but truly it's a lot of thought, prioritization, and dedication in each and every lesson.
4. Tell me about a time when you undertook a project that demanded a lot of initiative.
"While on the curriculum team, I volunteered to lead the entire rewrite of third, fourth, and fifth grade Spanish lessons. We had previously agreed upon targets that we wanted to keep, to stay in line with the goals of the middle and high school teachers, but beyond that, I was responsible for creating the key lessons that all teachers would use and with connecting them to the state standards. This project was a huge undertaking, and I recruited a few fellow teachers to help. I delegated the work, choosing the teacher's workload based on their strengths and favored tasks, and then took on the rest for myself, along with overseeing and compiling all of the collaborative work. While it took the entirety of the summer, when it was finally complete, we had an incredible meeting going over it all, talking about the upcoming year, and everyone was excited. What was even more rewarding was seeing the plans in action, both in my classroom, and hearing about the successes other teachers were having as a result of their own."
5. Tell me about a time when you used good judgement and logic to solve a problem.
"My fourth-grade classes were recently working on a project for our family unit, and one of the students was quiet and unengaged in the middle of the lesson. He's usually bubbly and participates fully, so I found a moment when I could quietly sneak over to speak with him. He didn't now what to put for his mom's picture since she died when he was a baby. I was brokenhearted for him, but we had a moment to talk about how we can be sad but still remember our loved ones and how they're always a part of our family. By being in tune with my class and any aberration in its behavior, I was able to uncover and address an issue that resulted in a happy, smiling boy again."
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Preview Competency Interview Questions with Teacher Answer Examples
1. How do you deal with conflict on your team?
"We often have philosophical differences in how we approach teaching, so these typically came to a head during curriculum writing. When we disagree, I try to take a leadership role and mediate the disagreement. Let everyone; myself included, have their few minutes to speak on the issue and then see where we can find common ground. Usually, there's at least a sliver of commonality, and we can all get through the disagreement."
2. Do you have confidence in your communication skills? What is your communication style?
"I'm a powerful communicator. I am a great active listener, which helps me be effective in communicating with both adults and students alike."
3. Tell me the ways in which you brought value to your most recent position.
"I pride myself on having been a key part of saving the department when the board put it on the chopping block. Due to the community I'd created in my tenure as a Spanish teacher, I had dozens of students and their parent's rally on my behalf, and behalf of the department as a whole, to speak out against cutting the elementary Spanish department. I believe this indicates how impactful I've been as a teacher and all I've contributed to my students' education, as well as to the department and district as a whole by helping save the program."
4. Why are you the best candidate for this position?
"I am ready for a change and have always targeted this district as my dream one. I am passionate about teaching, about the language, and about making learning fun. I know that I will be a valuable asset to the school and district by breathing life into the program. I work well with others and am constantly innovating, so I look forward to doing that in your premiere district."
5. What skills did you learn in your most recent position that will help you in this new role?
"I've learned classroom management, curriculum development, and also working well in other people's spaces. I have refined the art of coming in on a tight schedule, but developing a consistent routine with my students so they know what to expect, that we'll have fun and get down to business all at once, and how to pack the most punch into my shortened class periods. These are all valuable skills that make me the best candidate for your position."
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Preview Leadership Interview Questions with Teacher Answer Examples
1. If you were hired for this position, what are the first changes you would implement?
"I would take a week or two to observe my class before making any changes. I am always wary of shuffling kids around too much as most tend to be creatures of habit that resist change. My changes may be in the form of introducing more multi-media and hands-on opportunities or perhaps swapping the seating arrangement."
2. Do you see yourself a leader? When have you led a team?
"I do see myself as a leader. I lead in the classroom, I help coach extra-curricular athletics, and I encourage my fellow educators. Leadership, to me, is a mindset versus an official title."
3. Tell me about your leadership qualities.
"I lead my students by being passionate and charismatic towards new learning concepts. I encourage exploration and let them know that it's okay to make a mistake while learning new concepts."
4. Tell me about a time when you took charge of a meeting. Was the outcome a positive one?
"I take charge of a classroom every day! I have not led many official meetings, but I do think that parent-teacher meetings could count for some of my experience. I know how to command attention and can control the direction of a meeting and its tone."
5. Tell me about a time when you effectively delegated tasks.
"As a teacher, I delegate tasks, homework, and assignments to my students on a daily basis. I am a kind teacher but do command their attention when needed, to ensure they deliver their work on time."
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Preview Teamwork Interview Questions with Teacher Answer Examples
1. How do you handle working in challenging team environments?
"I feel the best example of a collaborative team environment is our curriculum development. About half of the department collaborates to revamp all lesson plans, asking questions such as, 'Do we need to update vocabulary?' One funny example was when a coworker did not want to update the unit to delete words like "cassette tape," "VHS," and "tape recorder." In 2018, students don't even know what these things are- it's useless to spend time teaching these words. We spent four weeks negotiating what units to keep, what to revamp, and what units to add. It truly takes a lot of patience, collaboration, and compromise to reach a new set of curriculum standards and goals across the department."
2. Tell me about a time you worked on a team.
"As an educator, much of what I do is independent, since I deliver lesson plans in my classroom, and do not have a TA. We do collaborate when it comes to group school activities, or field trips, however. These events are fun because they bring a more social aspect not always present at school. As a team member, I am easy going. I take the initiative and add a lot of positive energy to a situation."
3. When was the last time you contributed to a team effort and what was your role?
"Our school has a reputation for having an outstanding soccer team. Unfortunately, this year, our head coach was on medical leave. I stepped up as the interim coach which were big shoes to fill. I put a lot of effort into coaching the kids, training them on new techniques, and learning new techniques myself. We made it all the way to Nationals, which I made me incredibly proud."
4. Tell me about a time when you led a team. What was your biggest success factor?
"I lead a team of students every day in the classroom! I am a successful educator, and class leader, because I listen, engage with my students, offer variety in each day, and show enthusiasm for the lesson at hand."
5. Tell me about the most rewarding experience you have had, working in a team environment. What made it so rewarding?
"I approach many class projects as team-based efforts, putting students into groups with kids they may not normally choose to work alongside. It is highly rewarding to see new friendships develop while helping my students to expand their views of who they can, and should, be friends with."
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Question 11 of 25
If students were having difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
How to Answer
This question is two-fold. The interviewer is assessing your technique and ability to encourage and inspire struggling students. How can you help students improve academically? How can you support students personally in their learning?

Answer Example
"I had a student who wasn't showing much improvement in her test score after two months. During one of her diagnostic tests, her score even went down. Of course, she was discouraged and confused since she was doing all her homework. I spent a lot of time training her to work on the questions as precisely as possible instead of rushing to finish the test. I was excited whenever she would get just one or two more questions right and kept encouraging her throughout the progress. Another month later, she finally saw some notable improvements."
Entry Level Example
"I firmly believe there are many ways to learn. If I had a student who had difficulty learning a skill or concept, I would sit with them one-on-one to learn more about their style, what they like to do, and which lessons of mine they like the best. Education is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and I will have no problem tweaking my lesson plan to suit a variety of learners."
Experienced Example
"Through my education career, I have worked with many students who needed formal assessments to label their learning style formally. I think this is a school provided tool that is often underutilized. I have had a few students placed on an individual learning plan, and I am happy to change my lesson plans to suit them. If a student is struggling, I will address it immediately. I never allow a student to slip through the cracks."
Question 12 of 25
What techniques do you use to accommodate different learning styles?
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know if you have a valid method for teaching students with varying learning styles. Not all students are suited to take a two-hour long exam. Visual, auditory, and kinesthetic learners have different strengths and weaknesses. Think about your testing methods. Are your tests multiple choice, essay, or both? Do you have pop quizzes? Are there plenty of projects and research papers for students to have an opportunity to do well?

Answer Example
"I have several different ways of accessing my students' progress. At the end of the term, they can choose to do one big assignment that's worth 30% of their grade. This assignment could either be an exam, a research paper, or an alternative project which requires students to write a proposal. This method allows for different types of students to choose a style that they can benefit the most from or enjoy doing the most."
Entry Level Example
"While earning my Bachelor's Degree in Education, I learned a few interesting techniques when it comes to learning styles. I think a lot of kids are hands-on learners, so I plan to introduce technology to those who learn best that way."
Experienced Example
"One thing I have learned, over my years of being a teacher, is that kids learn much better when they have the opportunity to move around and get rid of some of their pent up energy! I have created learning stations in my classroom where students have some 'free time' during the day to explore various stations and remain at the station where they feel they best learn. The stations they each choose also teaches me a great deal about their learning preferences. Some enjoy tactile-based tasks; some like to read - others, to write."
Question 13 of 25
How will you instruct students with varying abilities?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to see how you can adapt to helping students who are at different learning levels and abilities. With this question, you'll want to demonstrate your ability to modify the same material to the learning styles and competencies of each student. Use a specific example, if you can.

Answer Example
"My teaching style is called differentiated instruction. I pace the section I'm teaching based on the student's ability and receptiveness. For instance, if a student has stronger math skills they typically tend to need more reading and writing assistance, so I spend more time working on grammar and brainstorming with them and breezing through the math section. I want to make them feel like the class is suited to their abilities rather than focusing on a curriculum that may not factor in their strengths and weaknesses."
Entry Level Example
"To the students with different abilities, it still essential for them to not feel singled out, and to fit in - being encouraged to show what they do have to offer. For that reason, I enjoy a collaborative classroom environment where students are encouraged to speak up, help each other, and do hands-on group projects together."
Experienced Example
"Students learn in all types of environments, so I work to make sure that there are different workstations in my class - some better for concentration than others. Also when handing out a new assignment, I will give individual instructions for the students who need some extra guidance. I am always on the look-out for those students who need a nudge or additional care."
Question 14 of 25
Describe your typical lesson.
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know how you organize your lessons. Think back to your student teaching lesson plans or what has worked in your past experiences. Typically, a good class starts with a game, warm-up activity, or discussion about the topic of the lesson you will be teaching. Then, you might do homework check or get started on the day's lesson. For example, include a reading passage, discussion questions, and a short quiz at the end of the assessment. Make sure to include some way to access whether students have understood the material.

Answer Example
"My typical lesson will include a mix of written and verbal tasks. I will usually start an English class by reading from our textbook, starting a class discussion, and then having the students partake in some independent writing time. This blend of all three tasks makes the class go by smoothly and keeps the students' attention. I can also more easily assess a student's progress based on their participation and their strengths based on how they respond to each teaching method."
Entry Level Example
"I think the best way to deliver a lesson is to include variety in the plan. I would like to build lesson plans that include quizzes, some physical movement, independent reading and writing time, as well as group discussions. Once I start working as a teacher, I plan to incorporate these teaching methods into most lessons."
Experienced Example
"Over my ten years as an educator, I am confident that I have created excellent learning plans for students of all learning styles. I like to mix my lessons up so that nothing becomes stale or mundane. My lessons include incorporating outdoor time, field trips, guest speakers, group discussions, and more."
Question 15 of 25
What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to learn more about your level of experience with diversity in the classroom. Be open and honest with the interviewer sharing your experiences with students from culturally diverse backgrounds. The interviewer will use your response to understand better the training that should receive for their particular environment. Share your experiences working with students or children of different ethnic, religious, or socioeconomic backgrounds.

Answer Example
"I have been teaching students from various backgrounds ever since I started my career in education. One of the most memorable was when I worked with an Asian-American student whose parents had very high expectations of her performance. While I usually strive to inspire students to be more engaged in their studies, I spent a lot of hours after class talking to this particular student about stress and expectations management. She coped very well with the pressures and maintained a GPA that her parents were delighted to see. I can manage in diversity and, if you offer additional sensitivity training, I am happy to participate."
Entry Level Example
"During my student teaching internship program, I was placed at an inner-city school where most of the students came from lower-income homes. I noticed that the kids were taken care of well; however, many of these students needed to participate in the school's breakfast and lunch programs which truthfully, broke my heart. What I learned from this experience was the sensitivity that I needed to further cultivate for those who do not come from affluent families. I learned a lot about not taking my financial resources for granted, and to appreciate the small things like being able to run to Starbucks for a latte in the morning without worrying about the cost. I am very comfortable working in a diverse environment and welcome any exposure to the variety of situations that your school may bring."
Experienced Example
"In my years as a teacher, I have worked with students from nearly all ranges of socio-economic status, gender identity, culture, religion and more. I firmly believe that a school should be a soft landing place for students of all backgrounds, and right now - especially for students in the LGBTQ community. We need to support those around us, no matter how different they are from us. Could you share with me how your school actively embraces diversity?"
Question 16 of 25
How do you use technology to improve your lessons?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know how tech-friendly you are and how you use technology to support your in-class lessons. YouTube is an excellent resource for short clips or explainer videos on the concepts you're teaching. Additionally, you can make use of PowerPoint to give your students bolded notes or integrate videos into your presentation. Even mentioning a simple app such as Quizlet that can help students with their vocabulary, or Prezi for students to make their presentations. If you don't have much experience using technology in your teaching, it's a good idea to do some research before your interview.

Answer Example
"I firmly believe in the use of technology in the classroom. In my school, each student has their laptop, and they also use a variety of apps and websites to complete projects and conduct research. I am currently teaching a few tricks on PowerPoint as they will have a large multi-media project due at the end of this semester."
Entry Level Example
"Embracing technology is vital these days, and I believe that it must be incorporated heavily into the school curriculum so that we set our students up for success. Trained on how to use a Smart Board, which I believe you have in nearly every classroom, I am confident with that type of technology. Overall, I am very tech-savvy and am confident in my ability to prep my students for life in a tech-focused world."
Experienced Example
"Having seen technology change so much over the years, I am always looking for the next and greatest thing that I can introduce to my students. If kids do not have a strong tech-basis once they graduate, they will quickly fall behind in University and the world of gainful employment. For that reason, my current school asks that each student have a laptop and that we use particular programs and apps to get them used to the most common programs used in the workplace. I have fully embraced tech in the classroom."
Question 17 of 25
What changes do you make to your lesson plans each year?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know whether you adapt your lesson plans annually or if you keep them the same. This question is one you'll want to prepare for thoroughly beforehand, as it'll be difficult to answer on the spot. Think about what hasn't worked for your classes and what you did to change that.

Areas of change could be:

- Testing methods
- Percentages required for tests
- The scope of projects
- Levels of group participation
- Assessments
- Changing the seating plan to fit learning styles

Answer Example
"Each year I make small tweaks to include the most news-worthy events as well as reflect the latest in entertainment and pop culture. Teens these days are celebrity obsessed, and what better way to keep their attention than to incorporate those interests. I also look for new apps to give them as learning resources, and those do change frequently."
Entry Level Example
"I think it's important to switch up lesson plans annually, or even when you see that something doesn't work well. It's important because students will often have shorter attention spans and they need to feel like most days offer something unique."
Experienced Example
"Each year I will make changes to my lesson plans that include more recent news-worthy topics for group discussions. I also change up my tests every year, so there is no risk of test sharing with the upcoming grades. Also, I like to change my seating plans a few times per year to encourage my students to make new connections with students they may not have talked to otherwise."
Question 18 of 25
How can you encourage a student who lacks confidence and inspire him or her to learn?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know about your interaction with students, mainly how you work with students who find the traditional educational setting to be a challenge. Demonstrate to the interviewer that you're able to be patient and encouraging to students no matter their confidence level.

Answer Example
"One of my students scored well above his average on his test and was lower-level than the rest of the class. He was discouraged to see his score, but when we went through his score report together, we established a realistic goal for a 2-point improvement for the next test. I never asked him how many questions he got wrong, but rather, how many he got right, as he missed more than half the page. We only celebrated when he got another question right, and I always made sure to check with him that he did his best. At the end of the two-month course he made the average score and reached our target, and he was slated and signed up for more tutoring classes to keep pulling up his score."
Entry Level Example
"When a student lacks confidence I would take the time to show them the areas where they excel and encourage them to do more of that. Often, a student will learn a bit differently than the next, and it's important that a teacher embraces and encourages those differences."
Experienced Example
"Every student needs an extra boost of confidence now and then. My encouragement as a teacher shifts on a daily basis. I want my students to feel like they can take over the world! For that reason, I incorporate a 'kudos' system in my classroom. At the end of every day, we get into a circle, and each student has to give a compliment to the student to their right. This activity ensures that every student leaves feeling on top of the world, no matter what their inner voice was telling them that day."
Question 19 of 25
What techniques do you use to keep students actively involved during a lesson?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know more about your ability to create exciting lesson plans that keep the attention of your students. Think about a positive experience you had as a student with your teachers, or activities that were effective from your teacher training. For this response, it's a good idea to integrate technology or physical movement, anything that makes education fun in the confines of a classroom.

Answer Example
"My students love vocabulary hot seat. You separate the class into two teams and set up two chairs with their backs facing the board. Students take turns getting into the hot seat. You put a word or phrase or concept you've learned in class on the board, and the teams try to describe it to their teammate in the hot seat. Games are great to get the ball rolling again after a long class."
Entry Level Example
"I think that when I start teaching my high-school class, I would like to start the day with a New Yorker cartoon, something students look forward to every day. If the day starts consistently, but on a lighthearted note, I think the students would respond very positively. Also, these cartoons can spark some great discussions on politics and socio-economic issues."
Experienced Example
"To keep my students engaged, I will often move them around. I like to put them in a conversation circle and have a Socratic-style discussion with them. I don't say much but let them work out the answers on their own."
Question 20 of 25
How would you improve public education, if you had the power to do so?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know about your understanding of the public education system and the district in which you would be teaching. Refresh your memory with some research and stay up to date on the most current education changes and developments in your area. Has your region's public education offering been changing this year or in the past few years? What have been the trends, and what is the model?

Although your answer is region specific, some general anticipated improvements could include:

- Making courses available to remote areas through e-learning.
- Offering cross-cultural interactions, and partnerships.
- Focusing more or less on the importance of test scores.
- Integrating more skills-based classes as a part of the national curriculum.
- Offering larger budgets for public schools.

Answer Example
"In our district, I know that there are major struggles with budget cuts. If I had the power to change this, I would. I fully believe that public schools should be given more in the way of supplies, and opportunities for the students who attend."
Entry Level Example
"If I had the power to change anything within the public school system I would suggest a lesser focus on traditional testing and begin to incorporate methods for students who are less inclined to do well on a written test. New testing methods could include verbal testing or options that are more hands-on and technology-based."
Experienced Example
"I firmly believe that the students in this district need further community-based opportunities and exposure. I would introduce a community outreach and volunteer program to the school district if given the opportunity. When we give back, everyone wins."
Question 21 of 25
How do you accommodate for non-English speakers or low-level English speakers?
How to Answer
The interviewer would like to know how you adapt to students who are unfamiliar with the English language or come to your class as an ESL (English as a Second Language) student. This question addresses the level of extra care and supports you would be expected to provide students with this type of situation. Often, ESL students need much more after-class counseling or follow-up with their schoolwork. What other options can you think of to help the student integrate with the class and keep up with the homework? Prepare several strategies that accommodate non-native or non-English speaking learners in reading, discussion, exams, evaluations, and more.

Here are some examples:

1) Pair a foreign learner with a friendly classmate who can help them with their work and adjustment outside of class.
2) Provide written and translated handouts for presentations.
3) Provide study questions, transcribed vocabulary lists or keywords lists.
4) Put students in groups or pairs and avoid having the foreign speaker working alone.
5) Provide one-on-one meeting opportunities and give the student constructive feedback.

Answer Example
"I have had a few ESL students in the past and accommodate them in any way possible. The most effective way that I have seen in the past is to partner them with another student fluent in English. This way, the students each learn something. How to coach, how to cooperate, how to embrace, and how to communicate with those different from us."
Entry Level Example
"I believe that the best way to accommodate non-English speakers and have them feel part of the student community would be for them to be able to teach something from their native language to their classroom as well. Diversity makes the world go round, and I would encourage all of my students to embrace that. To help the non-English students to learn quickly, I would also provide them with translation resources and a classroom buddy to help out."
Experienced Example
"I will usually know ahead of time before a student arrives at my class, with lower level English skills. I like to prepare a few things for them including translation resources and a list of recommended reading for them to take home. I will often recommend tutoring after school as well as a few free, but useful community resources."
Question 22 of 25
What is your classroom management plan and what do you hope to accomplish with it?
How to Answer
Think about your teaching style and personality surrounding management. Are you more hands-on or hands-off as a teacher? How passionate and active are you? Talk to the interviewer about your classroom management abilities and what has worked best for you in the past. This question is a great time to ask the interviewer if this school has preferences on classroom management techniques used in the classroom:

Some good ideas for the classroom management:

1) Set management goals - rate students' performances as a class each day.
2) Never punish an entire class.
3) Show students it pays to behave - incentives usually work!
4) Establish routines.
5) Give students options.

Answer Example
"I'm a big proponent of keeping things predictable to manage my classroom. Before each class, I write down the day's schedule on the board so I can always go to the next thing when students are getting off-track and let them know what I intend to cover before class starts and ends. I also find this keeps me from being distracted by poorly behaved students, allowing me to stay on track with the lesson plan."
Entry Level Example
"My classroom management plan includes giving students options when it comes to how they like and need to learn. I feel that if they feel they are active participants in their education, they will be more engaged in the process as a whole. Could you share with me some of your school's preferences when it comes to classroom management and style?"
Experienced Example
"I feel that an overall air of encouragement and positivity is the best way to manage a class, I have worked closely with my students over the years to ensure that they feel a classroom is a safe place for them to present ideas, questions, and concepts. When a classroom runs as a cohesive group, I feel that everyone gives their best."
Question 23 of 25
If you were asked to create a behavior modification plan for ongoing misbehavior, what would it be?
How to Answer
Discipline varies widely across the board. For this question, it's important to consider the disciplinary culture of the school in which you are interviewing. While a strict approach may have worked for you in the past, the same method may not work for students of this school. Think about what has worked and failed in your disciplinary approach in the past. Do you lean more toward punishment, reward, or intrinsic motivation strategies? If you don't have much teaching experience, do some research on effective behavior modification methods as this is a question that's likely to come up in any teaching interview.

Answer Example
"I once had a class with 19 students, many whom were boisterous, disruptive, and uncooperative. None of them wanted to listen to me, a new teacher in their school. So I leveled with them and let them set their own rules as a class. This approach created a pact of accountability. Some of their rules were pretty fun, too - a sleeper would immediately get a photo taken of them, then posted on the class' private Facebook page, for instance."
Entry Level Example
"I have learned a bit about behavior modification while obtaining my Bachelor's degree in Education; however, I have much to learn and would love to hear more about your take on this topic. From what I know, it would be best to include the school districts' psychologist for severe issues. If the behavioral concerns were typical, I would call a meeting with myself, the Principal, and the parents of the student. From there, I would make a collaborative plan that involved accountability from all parties."
Experienced Example
"I have created a few behavior modification plans in my education career and feel that the most effective plans are the ones where the student in question is directly involved in the plan. When the student feels accountable for their behavior, with direct consequences attached to not meeting expectations, I find that behavior plans are more effective."
Question 24 of 25
Discuss one memorable parent meeting you have had in the past.
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know about your ability to work well with the parents of your students. As you know, some parents can pose a challenge if they have unrealistic expectations of their child, or are not involved as much as they should be in their child's educational success.

As a part of your teaching job, you may be required to meet and talk to parents regularly, How do you interact with them? Is it a pleasant experience or do you dread meeting parents? The answer to this question will draw some light on how collaborative you are. Keep this answer positive, but don't exaggerate or be over-enthusiastic. A big part of communicating with parents is to be as open and constructive about their child's progress, and sometimes, these meetings can be uncomfortable. Be honest about difficult parents if you've had such an experience, and discuss how you overcame it.

Answer Example
"One time, I had to meet with a very disappointed parent whose child had seemingly stopped improving after almost a year's worth of additional tutoring. He wasn't too happy and demanded that I list out my teaching methods and what I was doing wrong because his child wasn't seeing any improvements. I had to prepare all of his score reports to explain that he had been improving a lot for over half a year but he was fatigued and busy at school, so he had plateaued. I finally recommended the students to take a few weeks off tutoring, and the parent was able to accept that idea."
Entry Level Example
"I understand that parent meetings can be challenging. Parents can get defensive about their child's behavior or be in denial about their children's struggles. In the end, both you and the parent wants what's best for the child. I will always speak honestly but empathetically to a parent about his or her child."
Experienced Example
"One of my students this year would constantly disrupt class by distracting other students or refusing to participate or turn in homework. A few weeks after this behavior continued, I held a parent-teacher meeting and told the parent that while Amanda was bright and creative, I was concerned that she might be having some trouble focusing. The mom ended up telling me that she and her husband were going through a tough divorce. I realized that as a teacher, you only see one side of the student, but there are many sides to a story and it's important to be supportive of whatever at-home circumstance a student may be experiencing. We created a plan for her daughter that including visits with the school counselor, and her attention in class improved significantly, in a short period."
Question 25 of 25
As a teacher, what makes you happiest?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to know how you take pride in your work. Think about some of the most defining points of your teaching career. Was it when that one student who couldn't pull his score up finally reached his target? When your student got into her dream school, or when you finally won over the rowdiest class you'd ever seen? Talk about these moments and how you feel about those accomplishments.

Answer Example
"I'm happiest when I see my students achieving their goals and stretching themselves when it comes to their perceived learning curve. I felt so proud when my student got into his dream school after studying and retaking the SATs for two years. I was happy when my music major student told me she learned a lot more about life than just the English course I taught her. I feel like I'm making changes in the lives of our future leaders."
Entry Level Example
"I believe what will make me happiest, as a teacher, is the fact that I have the opportunity to mold the future lives of impressionable young students. I am a natural encourager and look forward to the opportunity to show my students all the great things they are capable of."
Experienced Example
"What makes me happiest as a teacher is the fact that I get to teach, and learn, all in one day. No day is the same, and there are so many amazing opportunities to learn new facts, new teaching methods, and take advantage of new resources."

About Teacher

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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