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.
"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."
"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?"
"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."