Originally Posted by roseteacher12
congrats on the job! anyone want to critique my thoughts for these questions?
For the strength question, I said that I know how to build up an excellent classroom climate. I then went into all the ways that I do this (high ratio of positive to negative comments, refer to the class as a group - "Nice job, room 307", establish clear and consistent rules and routines, let each student know I am delighted they are in my class, that they are a valued member of the group, etc.).
I think your weakness answer is fine. I just said that I am very demanding of myself, over analyze things, beat that dead horse.
I think your disruptive student answer is fine. My answer was that after I build up a climate of respect and caring, most students respond well. But if there is a disruption, I give a "teacher" look, maybe stand by the student, remind him of the rule, redirect him, and if that fails, give a consequence. I am consistent and unemotional with the consequences. I never let them know if they are pushing my buttons, because then they'll be pushing my buttons all day. I also said that I never give up on a student, that I hang in there until I find an approach that helps the student to make better choices.
Some red flags that I mentioned are acting out, not giving eye contact or interacting socially with peers (withdrawing), sleeping during class (and I gave an example of a student I had who fell asleep during class because it turned out that her mom just had a baby and the girl had to walk the baby at night so that the mom could get some sleep), bruises or broken bones.
For the principal question, I said that I would show the principal data that would back up the effectiveness of the method - data, classroom observations, logs - but that I would certainly be open to whatever the principal had to say.
For the teaching philosophy, I said the same as you - that all children can learn, and I added that I am the person who is responsible for their learning, and if they don't get it, I have to find a different approach. As long as they are trying, they don't have to feel any pressure, because they know that if they fail, it is my responsibility to find a way for them to succeed. I hold myself accountable for their success or failure.
Hope this was helpful.