Interview questions (2008)

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  1. NewTeacher

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    Leave replacement interview

    Hey guys i have an interview tomorrow for a leave replacement in a high school. I'm really nervous because i don't know what type of questions they are going to ask. If anyone has an experience in an interview for a leave replacement please help! I just need to know what type of questions they will ask. Thanks!
     
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    Job Search

    I found out on July 31, 2008, that I did not get that job. I interviewed for one of 16+ availiable positions (spec. ed.). I am beginning to think that I am overqualified. :(
     
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    Interview question

    I'm so glad I stumbled on this! I think it is a great idea! :up: I have 2 questions that maybe someone could help me out with. :help:

    1.Describe the kind of student with whom you can be most effective


    2. During your first five years of teaching/working in the XXX School District, what would be your major accomplishments

    :thanks:
     
  5. Master Pre-K

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    no problem! welcome aboard!
     
  6. flutetoot

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    This is a great idea - I've been on about 12 interveiws in 2 years, and often I'm thrown a new question. My most recent was:

    You teach middle school Reading. The class has to read a required class reading book. How do you get the student who says that they hate this book and refuse to read it to read this book?

    Also, if you had to choose two required reading books for middle school, what two would they be?


    Thanks for any pointers in case I am thrown these again!
     
  7. Beth561

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    You teach middle school Reading. The class has to read a required class reading book. How do you get the student who says that they hate this book and refuse to read it to read this book?

    Also, if you had to choose two required reading books for middle school, what two would they be?


    I actually had this happen this year. Two boys flat out refused to continue reading The Cay. I gave them one copy of the book and told them to create a test for the rest of the class. They were so into that and before you know it,they were reading(maybe skimming) the book. Then they started contributing to the class discussions and finally they rejoined the rest of the class.
    P.S. they kept on asking me when I was going to give the class their test-;)
     
  8. Megs611

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    So on Wed I have a 4th correspondence with a district. It began with the application process of course--then the principal emailed us letting everyone kow there was over 100 applicants and they had cut it down to a smaller number--they then gave us a "screening interview" in the form of questions to answer and email back. After that I got a call saying that he wanted to do a phone interview--it had been narrowed down to 12 at that point--we did the phone interview on a Monday and just this past Saturday he called and said it was narrowed down to 5 and I was one of them--I am now going there (a 6 hour drive...haha) for an in-person interview on Wed--he has asked a lot already so I am just wondering what else might be asked. I am thinking possibly some "in-depth" stuff and more specific things. I am thinking a focus on literacy as this is a Kindergarten position--I am just wondering if anyone has any tips as to what i might want to focus on...thanks for any assistance for this nervous applicant who would give a vital organ for this job...hahaha

    Megan
     
  9. lemonhead

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    First, welcome to A to Z!

    I think your are smart to focus on literacy. I was asked what my literacy block would look like and I stumbled through it. Personally, I'd would worry less about the basic strength and weakness things and focus on curriculum, helping reluctant learners, and ways of instruction maybe.

    If you've taught before, have examples for some of your answers without rambling too much. Also, if you have experience they might ask you things like "tell me a time when you.....whatever". I remember having a question like that. It was "Tell me about a time when you went above and beyond for a student".

    In addition, if you know they use certain programs there that you have used be sure to mention it.

    Good luck to you and congrats on being one of the final 5. That waiting would be driving me crazy!

    Lemon
     
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    Okay, I have an interview tomorrow morning and am going over questions and thinking of responses. When I had my screening interview with this district I was asked about best practices for teaching math, science, social studies, and reading. For once I had a major lack of time working in my favor, so my repetitive answers weren't so bad (we only had 25 minutes for the interview and I was asked a LOT of questions). My interviewer understood and said my responses were fine and what she was looking for; however, I was hoping someone could help me develop something specific about best practices for the subjects mentioned.

    So, What are best practices for teaching reading/science/social studies/math?

    Also, I'm having the hardest time coming up with a decent response to the question:

    How do you teach writing?

    I was also asked that during my screening interview, but hated my response (I mentioned mini-lessons, but forget what else I said).

    Thanks, everyone! My nerves are rattled-- I want this job so badly!!
     
  11. Master Pre-K

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    lilmisess..alot depends on the grade level..
     
  12. Master Pre-K

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    math questions...temporary position

    Okay. I just bit the bullet, and applied for some temporary jobs. Found an online assessment in my email and finished it. Totally bombed the last 4 math questions..because they were those stupid series, what comes next questions.

    I hate those.
    I hate those.

    somebody please tell me the pattern, secret. I could never figured them out.

    They even had some with LETTERS! :rolleyes:

    uh.. I remember one..

    1 2 48 364

    I think

    I know, it doesn't help that I don't have the exact question. But doesn't anyone know what I am talking about?
     
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    MPK, I'm applying for a second grade position.

    I like finding number patterns... :blush:
     
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    How do you respond to the questions when you are asked why you left in the middle of the year? I was forced to resign and I don't want to reveal to much information or bad mouth my administration.
    :thanks:
    Lisa
     
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    So, What are best practices for teaching reading/science/social studies/math?

    Best practices for all subject matters are those which include a variety of teaching strategies, materials, and technology. A good teacher follows the curriculum, yet supplements as needed with outside resources.

    Also, I'm having the hardest time coming up with a decent response to the question:

    How do you teach writing?

    In the case of pennmanship, handwriting is best taught thru repetition, using the board, student workbooks, lined newsprint, and easels. The teacher should model the strokes for each letter, and have the students copy the work. If a school wishes to use D'Neilan handwriting, the teacher should follow the exact guidelines, especially the placement of the paper on the desks, and position of the students' hands while writing.

    In the case of grammar, I would introduce the parts of speech, and define their usage. I would introduce the forms of punctuation, and their usage. I would demonstrating proper spacing of words and punctation, using one finger space between words, or a pencil, and two finger spaces between periods.

    Second graders should be able to produce 3 paragraphs in rough draft or sloppy copy format, without inventive spelling. At this level, students should be able to properly sound out words, and use a dictionary to verify spelling.

    I would demonstrate the proper format for papers in my classroom, with a heading, proper paragraph spacing with indentions, and names on all succeeding pages.

    At the beginning of the second sememster, I would expect students to produce 5-7 paragraphs, final copy format, with few errors. I would also inform my students that proper grammar and punctuation will be required all all written assignments, and they will be graded accordingly.
     
  16. Master Pre-K

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    please tell me how to figure them out...
     
  17. Master Pre-K

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    If you were forced to resign, and it's on paper, pretty much whatever you say what matter. Honesty is the best policy...with a twist.

    "My postion ended."

    The school will only verify that you worked there, your title, and salary. They are not supposed to say why you left. (legally!) Now, if you give them your former supervisor's name and number, they can say whatever they want, or pass the caller on to personnel/hr...but they are not supposed to bad mouth you either. They can say the same thing. They are no longer with us because the position ended.

    So... don't say you were fired if you were... IMO Do the broken record routine. Repeat yourself, chnage the words, but say the same thing.

    The district made some changes, and my position ended.

    keep your cool, don't make any faces. If they really want to know, they may call. And tell them that, which will show you ain't scared of them calling. Which may get them to back down, and ask other questions...

    The only thing that can ruin you is if the prospective employer asks, "Would you rehire this person?" and they say no. That is usually a reason for a job to reject you.
     
  18. teachertime

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    Interview questions: What happens when a student already knows the material? What happens when a student doesn't learn?(I guess they want to know about the specific material that the teacher has presented)
     
  19. Chas

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    I know i'm way late, but never EVER mention "location" as a reason for joining a district. It's even more alarming for the interviewers if you list it as your FIRST reason. Also high achievement within that district is not an adequate reason to want to be a part of a district. Basically what you're telling the interviewers is, "i want my job to be as easy as possible, and your district gives me the best opportunity to coast through my teaching career."

    You should state your answer in terms of the challenges that the district offers you. If it's a high achieving district, talk about how you could further challenge those students and provide them with the tools they need to thrive in a college environment. The district can figure out the location preference based on the address you provided them, and the fact that you actually arrived at the location.
     
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    Why can't you be both? You can show students that you care and at the same time let them know that you don't play! Never let them get away with any stuff they try to pull with you. Let them know right from the start what the rules; (They can help make.) are and don't slack off from them. Being consistent is a GREAT tool to have while you are a teacher. One statement that I hate to hear teachers say is, "I don't care!" I've heard it so many times AND it just pisses me off. It's a frustrated answer from teachers when they just don't want to deal with what the child's actions are BUT it comes across to the child as, "You are not worth my time and effort so get out of my face!" That is my own interpretation of it and it's a sign that the teacher needs a 10 minute break.:help:
    R1
    P.S This is not how you would answer the question at the interview. I was just explaining why I answered it as being both.:cool:
     
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