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25 Teacher Questions and Answers by Rachelle Enns
| Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.

Question 1 of 25

How will you instruct students with varying abilities?

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    How will you instruct students with varying abilities?

      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.

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."

      Rachelle's Answer

      "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."