Interview questions (2008)

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  1. lemonhead

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    Hi

    I was thinking we could start a new thread where people could post challenging interview questions. It would be nice to have them all in one place.

    Please list your new question like this so that it stands out:

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: with your question right here

    I will start

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: List and describe two (2) core teaching strategies you most utilized in your classroom.

    How about something like flexible grouping or jigsaw to show cooperative learning and then whole group to show modeling and think aloud?

    What would you say?
     
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  3. lemonhead

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    guess not. Anyone have a better answer?
     
  4. smalltowngal

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    "I use the Pair and Share and the All Write strategies most in my classroom." And then go on to explain what each of those encompass.


    Here's one I was asked that came out of nowhere: How would you deal with an uncooperative coworker?
     
  5. lemonhead

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    I wouldn't use these words but...

    First off I would make sure I was out of earshot of any students. I would hope that we would be able to sit down and talk about both sides. I would be open minded enough to just do it his/her way if it was something minor. I would also maybe want to talk with someone else to see if maybe I was the one that was off base. Then I would probably talk about how much I value positive relationships with my collegues.
     
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    What kind of students do you like to work with?

    This is a loaded question. I like the ones who always participate and are all excited, with their hands up, but I am afraid I need to answer it another way. Anyone have anything?
     
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    I like working with all kinds of students. The challenging student keeps me on my toes and trying new teaching styles to meet the needs of all students.
     
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    I like this thread, I think it's a good idea. :)

    My university has repeatedly reminded us to be prepared for a question about literacy. Possibly something about having a balanced literacy program, or how would your classroom be set up to incorporate literacy, etc. I'm going to have to review my answers to this question, seeing as how I have an interview tomorrow! :unsure:

    Or any suggestions would be lovely! ;)
     
  9. cutNglue

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    Make a format for readability

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: followed by a question. Then everything else is answers.

    Also ask for a sticky note for this thread.
     
  10. lemonhead

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    Do I have to ask since I started it?
     
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    yes
     
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    "List and describe two (2) core teaching strategies you most utilized in your classroom."

    I'm interested to hear how more people answer this
     
  13. TeacherShelly

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    "List and describe two (2) core teaching strategies you most utilized in your classroom."

    Think-Pair-Share is a core strategy I use. By asking students to think about their answer (or experience, or advice), then discuss it briefly with their "elbow buddy" in the circle, and then share with the whole class, they have the opportunity to organize their thoughts, practice communication, and learn from their peers.

    Literacy across the curriculum is another strategy I use. Starting with a print-rich classroom, I use reading, writing, or literature - fiction, non-fiction, every genre - to deepen understanding of any subject. For example, when teaching children how to group and regroup numbers, we will do and then write our own word problems based on the interests of the class.
     
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    INTERVIEW QUESTION: How would you plan a unit?
    Answer:
    I think about my students and what they know. I start by finding out their existing knowledge of the subject, in the process perhaps uncovering some misunderstandings, and make notes to help me meet the students where they are in the learning process. I would use a KWL chart to introduce the subject and to find out what they know and want to learn. I think about what kinds of subjects I'll weave together for the unit. Math, literature, reading, writing, social studies, arts, science - how I'll incorporate these subjects into the unit. I'll think about what kinds of literature I'll use - fiction, non-fiction, fables, tall tales, research texts. I'll think about the different learning styles and different ability levels and interests in the class. I'll build the unit in a way that each student can build on his or her prior knowledge and expand into multiple subject areas. I'll use technology to bring information into the classroom, as well as possibly bringing in experts or going on a field trip. I'll think about how to introduce the unit (a field trip might be a kick-off event, or a culminating event), how to pace the unit, how to assess progress along the way. I'll use every resource available to me to make the unit interesting and fun - talking with teachers, researching local resources, using multiple modes of delivery (hands-on, experimentation, reading, going out of the classroom). I'll use both formal and informal assessments to identify areas where more instruction is needed. And of course I'll want to check the content standards - but with diffferentiation and integration, the standards are likely to be met and exceeded.
     
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    INTERVIEW QUESTION: What hot-button issue in education really sets you off?

    Answer:

    (Let's hope I didn't blow my chances by saying this to an administrator.)

    I hate that the current standardized testing system is encouraging teachers to simply "teach to the test." Science should be a fun subject to learn, but too often inquiry-based lessons are shelved because they take too long or don't cover enough of the standards. The purpose of science isn't to memorize facts and processes but to think critically about a problem or your environment. Standardized tests don't always measure that ability but that is how I measure the success of my students.

    ~Briana~
     
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    Interview Questions:

    I just came back from a prelim interview with a district, I just thought I'd throw out what they asked me.

    1. Tell me about yourself as well as the education you have received.
    2. If I were to walk into your classroom, what kind of classroom management would I see?
    3. How would you get subject matter across to the English Language Learning students, what strategies would you use?
    4. How do you check for understanding?
    5. How would you communicate with parents of the students in your class?
     
  17. lemonhead

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    The only thing that sticks out here is that it seems you are saying- "If I teach inquiry based lessons I can't possibly cover what needs to be covered for standardize tests." Maybe that is what you mean but I think you need to soften the tone.
     
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    My answer:

    I think that good communication starts from day one. At meet the teacher night, I will let each family know that I want their child to have their best year ever and that I look forward to working together with them to make it happen. I will, of course, send a note home to each family welcoming their child and the family to my class and include my contact information, conference time, and stress open two-way communication once again. Throughout the year, I will send a weekly news email to families keeping them abreast of the classroom activities. Each student will have a daily take home folder where parents can see how their child did that day and where we can communicate to each other on paper. I will strive for a comfortable communication with my parents where we are free to communicate, positive or negative, about their child. Being a parent myself, I’ve been very lucky that my children have had teachers who value communication with parents and I can’t imagine not having it in my own classroom
     
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    "How will you teach to the standards?

    I wasn't really sure how to answer this. I told the interviewer that I would follow the district's pacing guide and the state's standards and that it will be incorporated into the lesson.

    In hindsight, I should have given an example from my student teaching, but I was quite nervous.

    Any ideas on answering this one?
     
  20. JaimeMarie

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    I would say something along the lines of I would look over the standards and review the district curriculum guide. Than develop my lessons to meet the standards with guidance from the curriculum guide.
     
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    Where I'm interviewing on Friday, I was told by the teachers that they won't hire anyone who says they plan lessons by looking in the teacher's manual or looking up standards. They want "original thinkers." That's what they want to hear in the interview, anyway.
     
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