Interview questions (2008)

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  1. Briana008

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    Hmmm, that's not what I was intending to say (but upon rereading what I wrote, I realize I wasn't clear). I don't like the fact that pressure to do well on standardized tests makes some teachers shy away from inquiry-based lessons because I think students get so much more out of them. Furthermore, what they get out of inquiry lessons is more than what can be measured on a standardized test.

    I'm hoping that I wasn't confusing when I answered this question in my interview. Obviously when I posted my answer here I was paraphrasing because I don't remember my exact words!

    Thanks for the input!

    ~Briana~
     
  2. Peachyness

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    Interview Question: Name three reasons why you became a teacher.


    I still struggle with this question. I know that I really enjoy working with kids. I love seeing the light bulbs go off. Adults bug me. :D
     
  3. cutNglue

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    I would love it if someone asked me that question. I not only have 3 reasons but I have a long passionate story to go with it.
     
  4. JaimeMarie

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    That is weird. Why have standards and curriculum guides if they don't want you to use them. Here if you don't meet standards it is a huge thing!
     
  5. cutNglue

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    They probably want them to use them Jamie, but that they want them to be able to think outside of the box and not always use them. Sometimes they can be a crutch too. They are just looking to see how well you are able to think on your toes too.
     
  6. lemonhead

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    I am sure you did fine in person -- I knew what you meant. I was thinking you maybe were going to type that in somewhere.
     
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    I think maybe they want to hear that although you would use district curriculum and state standards, this would not limit the direction you may take with the class.
     
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    By far the worst question for me was,
    "Tell me about your experience teaching 1st grade."

    How do you answer that? What are they looking for? It just seems so broad. I had two P's ask me this question. I sort of just recited what was on my resume...techniques, collaborations, committees.
     
  9. Peachyness

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    Yeah, that's a tricky one. I'm trying to think what if they asked me what my experience was in Kinder or fifth grade. How should I start? Everytime I think of an answer, it comes off stiff and rehersed. I just want to say it like it is. "It was wonderful. I loved teaching both extremes. While kindergartners were always fascinated by what I had to teach them and I saw so much growth, I was able to help my fifth graders love to read and write again." Hmm, does that last part sound snooty?
     
  10. cutNglue

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    Wow! That's such a broad question. It would be more helpful to know what you are looking for. (Pause a sec to see if they will clarify/in the meantime look as if you are thinking....if not...). But in general I loved it because....
     
  11. lemonhead

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    For tell me about your teaching experience in 1st grade?

    I think I would have messed that up because I think I would have talked about what I learned.

    I would have rambled out something like:

    I absolutely loved teaching X. I found that in the beginning of the year the children come in ....blah blah .. And during their time in my classroom they learned so much...blah blah...It was truly amazing. I found that I really have to be diligent about putting procedures in place, allowing choices and setting boundries. I also realized how critical it is to differentiate instruction and build on prior knowledge at this level so that a good foundation can be set.

    BLAHG
     
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    Interview Question

    I am currently applying for a temporary certificate in Florida. I am graduating this May with a degree in English and hope to get a job teaching English 6-12. My question is: How would they expect a non-education major to be able to answer these questions sufficiently enough to obtain a job teaching? I know there are a lot of teachers who are getting a certificate and teaching this way but how did they do this and how did they answer the questions?

    I spoke with a principal and said she is not optimistic that I will actually get a job teaching English since they have cut back on the number of English teachers in the county. She then encouraged me to take the K-6 subject area test since they are hiring more elementary school teachers. This is very discouraging. Any advice?
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  13. Briana008

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    Alrober2, the people doing the interview will most likely have already reviewed your resume/application materials and be aware of the fact that you don't have actual classroom experience yet. I would imagine in that situation they would ask more questions about why you want to teach, what sort of classroom experience do you have, why do you think you are qualified, etc.

    You didn't mention whether or not you have spent time in a classroom as a volunteer/observer, or if you tutor students, but I would think those would all be good things to do (if you haven't) or talk up in an interview (if you have done them). Also, you may want to consider subbing, both for the experience and a possible foot in the door for some districts.

    ~Briana~
     
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    June, July, and August


    just kidding
     
  15. lemonhead

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    Interview Question: Name three reasons why you became a teacher.

    Answer:
    1. Just like some kids dreamed of being a firefighter or nurse, I dreamed of being a teacher because I feel it is the most important profession.

    2. I truly have a passion for learning myself and would like to pass that on to others.

    3. I adore children and that fact combined with my skills, attributes and personality make teaching the perfect profession for me.

    I am going to research this and see if I can find out what they really want to hear..not that I would change my answer much but it does seem that everyone's answer would be similar.
     
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    I'm a creative person and teaching is like one big puzzle to put together and solve. The fact that it directly contributes to the well being and education of another is an added bonus.
     
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    I've never been asked canned questions like that. It makes me want to say "If you are going to ask a canned question, be prepared for a gooey canned answer." Of course I would never say that. I've always been asked questions I'm not really prepared for. They are good thoughtful questions. I usually say, "Wow, that's a good question (complete with the facial surprise). I've never been asked that before. Let me think for a second..."
     
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    For the reasons I became a teacher I think I would say something like this:

    -One reason I became a teacher is that I love children and enjoy working with children. I feel that every one who goes into teaching needs to love children.

    -I also really enjoy challenges and and everyday as a teacher there are different challenges to face and decisions that need to made. As a teacher I really feel as if every day is a different day, whereas in other jobs every day is pretty much same.

    -My third reason is that I love to learn and help others to learn and teachers are constantly learning and helping their students to learn and see the "light bulb" go off in their heads as they finally understand something that they have been trying to understand for a while.
     
  19. lemonhead

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    INTERVIEW QUESTION: What would you never want to do as a teacher, and why?

    The first thing that popped in my head was yell! The next thing was become complacent or lazy.

    What does everyone else think?
     
  20. Peachyness

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    I agree. As a teacher, I would never yell at my students if they were misbehaving. I would only lose their respect.
     
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