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.
"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!"
"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."
"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."