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

1 of 25 Teacher Interview Questions and Answers Written by Rachelle Enns

Written on June 30th, 2018 | Rachelle is a job search expert, career coach, and headhunter
who helps everyone from students to fortune executives find success in their career.
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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.

Professional Answer Examples
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
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"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."

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"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."

Written by:

Rachelle Enns
Rachelle Enns is a job search expert, executive headhunter, career catalyst, and interview coach. Utilized by top talent from Fortune companies like Microsoft, General Electric, and Nestle, she helps professionals position themselves in today's competitive digital marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume and Executive Resume Solutions, two companies focused on helping job seekers get their edge back. She helps everyone from new graduates looking for their first placement, to CEO's who want more out of their career. Rachelle coaches students to executives on how to master the toughest interview questions and how to handle the most bizarre interview situations; all with confidence and poise. Rachelle trains other career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers, globally. A big part of her job is also spent coaching HR professionals on how to bring the human touch back into their interview and hiring process.
Published: 06/30/2018
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What is the most challenging experience you've faced as a teacher?
Working with students on a budget. I dream big and have these really creative lesson plans that I always haev to scale down to meet my budget.
I have found that working with ADHD or ADD children very difficult.
Teaching reading to a class of 6th graders that are on first grade to eighth grade reading levels, and making sure we all comprehend, pass the test, and move on to the next grade.
I have only worked with teenagers aged 7-18 on a drama performance in preparation for the celebration of the radio station anniversary.It was not easy to get their attention as most of them will start talking about something else with friends whilst I was giving a brief.
The most challenging experience thus far for me in the classroom has been a special education math class that I taught. There was one student who was more advanced and would finish his work early while the other 4 worked at a slower pace and needed more one on one attention. It was challenging to give them the attention that they needed while also providing a challenging lesson for the advanced student.
My most challenging experience was coming in after a choral director had been asked to leave the previous year. I had to get the choral program out of debt, rebuild enrollment in chorus, and build the trust of the students.
The most challenging experience while working with children in the classroom is the pull outs. Managing to keep track of how the students work must be adjusted because of the time spend outside the room.
My most challenging experience was subbing gym class in a skirt high heels and no whistle. It was a last minute change and I was not prepared.
One of my 17 year old special ed students had a bowel movement in his chair. Luckily, I had my 2 assistants help clean him up.
My most challenging experience was working with more 46 students in a classroom without air conditioning and most of them despertae for the class to be over.
Never really had a bad experience, I think of it as building character.
My most challenging experience was to teach kids with different abilities in the same classroom.
The most challenging experience thus far for me is to teach math to Kids with different abilities.
My most challenging experience is working with one of my students because although he is really smart and can do the work super fast, he get unfocused too easily. He is also a challenging student for me because he likes to do what he want to do, when he wants to do it. For instance, he likes to continue on doing what we were just doing when actually it is time to transition to the next activity.
Those who actively resist learning.
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