Interview Questions (2009)

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  1. AnonyMS

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    Was wondering if we could start a new thread? The one from 2008 is over 60 pages long.

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: "What strategies would you use to develop students' critical thinking skills?" I'm thinking: logic, analogies, problem-solving, open-ended questions

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: "How do you assess students to determine appropriate level of instruction and how would you address different ability levels and learning styles in the class?" Pre-test, informal assessment, interest inventory, varied material, varied reading level for content, diffierentiated instruction... what else?

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: "Discuss an appropriate evaluation process and subsequent development of an education program for a student with special needs." This one stumped me b/c I think it is poorly worded and much to broad. Is this where RtI is a good thing to mention? What else? :unsure:
     
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    I was just about to start this!
     
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    INTERVIEW QUESTION: Describe how you would run your readers workshop?
     
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    From an application:

    1. Explain how you use ongoing assessment data to differentiate instruction to ensure success for all students.
    2. Explain how you assess the level of engagement of students.
     
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    In light of the struggling economy, how could you provide a quality education for your students without over-using the Xerox machine?
     
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    1. I'm reading a really great book about Differentiating Instruction right now and I would definetely use some ideas from it for this first question. I would say something asuing a pretest or check-in to see what students already know. Then i would create activities, questionsm projects, etc from the information gathered through this pre-test (doesn't have to be a test, can be a KWL chart or another way to see what students already know). From there i would do another check-in a following week to see where the students are currently at as some may be progressing faster than others. I would re-evaluate my lessons to fit that.

    2. Not really sure how I would answer this...ideas?
     
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    What strategies would you use to teach writing?

    What stratagies would you use to teach comprehension?

    These are two that came up in a recent interview.


    also, this is not a specific question but I'm always terrified that it will happen to me. How to respond to a question that asks about somehting you know NOTHING about. For example, lets say the interviewer asked "how have you implemeted guided reading in your classroom? and you have no clue or not info information to give a proper response. what do you say? (for the record, i know about guided reading, i was just using it as an example lol)
     
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    By using a hands on approach and utilizing other materials. I would crate lessons that target skills through hands on learning and that can be assessed through observation/checklists, etc rather than paper and pencil tests/worksheets. I would use other materials such as individual whiteboards to allow to students to answer problems and practice. Ummmm basically i would say somehting this extent but my mind isnt working as well as it should be rght now so thats all i've got haha
     
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    I think it's a tough question. But the whiteboards might raise a flag-- if they're not already in the classroom, that's more money.
     
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    2. Explain how you assess the level of engagement of students.
    I think one of the quickest ways to assess the level of engagement of my students is to listen to the volume level. Students who are excited about what they are learning can't help but raise their voices. Also quick assessment like thumbs-up and thumbs-down will let me know if the students are enjoying the activity.

    In light of the struggling economy, how could you provide a quality education for your students without over-using the Xerox machine?
    If the classroom has a smartboard I can easily pull up images and worksheets from the computer. The students then copy the questions from the computer into their notebooks so copy-paper is saved. If there is no smartboard I can easily use an elmo, document-cam, or overhead in the same manner. I will also have students working collaboratively, which will cut down on paper since each group needs a set of instructions instead of each individual.
     
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    EAch of those machines costs money!

    Let me rephrase the question:

    How will you teach without the use of technology?
     
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    Even when I was teaching in the inner-city, the classrooms had an overhead projector. (Old school style with the transparency roll) This is what I was talking about.

    As far as teaching without the use of technology, I can bring my personal laptop to class to present information and also have many activities that allow students to gain the knowledge they need.

    Your earlier question was how to save copy paper, not limit your use of technology. I don't know any schools that would ask how you wouldn't use technology...most are looking for ways to use technology all the time.
     
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    I think it depends on the district and the cuts they'll be making in the next few months.

    I realize my first question was vague; that's why I rephrased it.

    But I would be surprised to see many school pumping much money into technology this year; I think too many are hanging on as hard as they can simply to pay theif staffs.
     
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    yeah i guess i would use that as an example of somehting not the only thing and make that clear haha
     
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    yeah i agree i cant see many schools asking how teachers will teach without technology. even if schools are making budget cuts they wont get rid of equiptment already owned.

    anyway!!! new question that everyone always gets asked and i NEVER know how to answer:

    Tell me about yourself.


    ugh i never know if i should be telling them about me personally or professionally and what i should say so tell me what do you say??
     
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    "Tell me about yourself."

    I've been asked that question before. I haven't gone on many interviews, but this one has been asked. How I answered....I told them about myself personally. My guess is they want to get a feel of who you are as a person. All the other questions in an interview are geared toward getting to know who you are as a professional.
     
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    Anyone else on this one?

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: "Discuss an appropriate evaluation process and subsequent development of an educational program for a student with special needs."

    I know this is where RtI is a good thing to mention. But it is asking for the whole evaluation process (teacher obervation? informal assessment? formal assessment? - would that be right?) and then the development of an educational program - well, if I don't know the special needs, then how can I develop? Just say that I would match the program with the student needs whether it be language profiency, behavior modifications, or learning disability?
     
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    Can I have feedback on the answers I wrote? Thanks:

    QUESTION: "What strategies would you use to develop students' critical thinking skills?"

    I would use a variety of teaching methods to encourage students to think “outside the box.” I would use questioning techniques aimed at going further inside a students’ head or thinking. I would encourage students to answer the “why” and “how” questions. I would encourage students’ to relate the subject matter to their own lives and put themselves in the situation and ask them how they would handle the problem or the content we were learning about. I would use problem-solving, open-ended questions, logic puzzles, and analogies to extend lessons.
     
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    Can I have feedback on this answer? Thanks:


    QUESTION: "How do you assess students to determine appropriate level of instruction and how would you address different ability levels and learning styles in the class?"

    I would use a mix of informal assessments (teacher observation, interest surveys) and formal assessments (pre-tests, comprehensive tests, TAKS scores, any subject-specific test recommended by the district). Once an instructional level is found, I would use a variety of reading material, tiered questions and reading material, pair-share, lecture, graphics, and technology to reach each student. This would address the different ability levels as well as the different learning styles that are sure to be in any class. I would constantly monitor students to ensure that they understand the material. I would offer students choices for assignments, such as written, or verbal, or art work to show me they understand and can relate to the subject matter. I would have students work in small groups so that each student could contribute to the end product, using their learning style to shine.
     
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    Can I have feedback on this last one? Thanks:


    QUESTION: "Discuss an appropriate evaluation process and subsequent development of an education program for a student with special needs."

    An appropriate evaluation process for a student with special needs would include conferencing with the students’ parents as well as his / her other teachers. In addition, I would use both formal and informal assessments to determine any needs for modification that might warrant intervention.

    If I noticed that a student was struggling and might require special modifications, I would assess the student using informal and formal methods. I would use teacher observation coupled with intuition. I would document the students’ progress or lack of progress. I would collect data using a variety of methods. I would also contact the parent and explore whether or not the parent has noticed the student struggling. I would document as much as I could, then encompass my findings in creating a plan that addresses this student's needs.
     
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    TxSandMom...

    I am running out of time for now... but looking at your answers i see a lot of "I"s. Again I revert back to my wise student teaching principal's advice for interview questions...

    "I, I, I... I don't care about YOU. I care about MY STUDENTS! I may not hire YOU... I might hire any of 100 candidates. I am in charge of the 25 students who will be in room 112 next year. What *I* am concerned about is what will these STUDENTS be doing. How will THEY be benefiting from your plans? Word EVERYTHING in terms of what THEY will do/learn/benefit from. Limit your "I"s...it's not about YOU! It's about the KIDS!!!"
     
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    McKenna - yes, but two of the questions ask, "What would YOU do... blah, blah, blah" so that is why I am answering with "I" instead.

    These are actually application questions but I posted them as interview questions b/c I didn't want to start a new thread or explain it all out. I have to write my answers and they cannot be longer than one page per question. I feel that the answers should be longer b/c they are nowhere near one page.
     
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    The third questions about discussing a student with special needs just baffles me b/c it seems to be too broad. It does not identify WHAT special need so I can't really, for example, say that I'd do this Fountas and Pinneli (whatever it is called) since it does not say it is a reading problem. It is too general of a question and - in my opinion - a bad question.
     
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    Yeah, that's the thing - the question isn't asking about any assessment in particular!!
     
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    Ok... back... here we go:

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: "Discuss an appropriate evaluation process and subsequent development of an educational program <snip>

    I had a question SIMILAR to this at a job fair.

    Sheeesh, I started talking about different assessment ideas... and then realized she was talking about reading assessments.

    Yeah, that's the thing - the question isn't asking about any assessment in particular!!

    That's why i thought something else at the beginning and started answering differently... but the interviewer said an appropriate evaluation process and was thinking established reading assessment program... and subsequent development of an educational program how do you intrepret the results to place them into a appropriately leveled group or program.

    That's why i messed up at the beginning of my answer... Just telling you what happened to me.
     
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    I would make them longer than a single paragraph... but not too long. Add in a experience where this played out in your classroom/teaching. Or make-up something. "If a student did ______, and needed guidance in _________, a solution might be ________." (A student-centered answer with an example of real life applications)
     
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    Why do you want to work at a Charter School?

    So why would anyone want to work at a charter school? Im going to ALL charter schools job fair this Sat. and I'm sure they'll ask that one
     
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    This is where I think you have to do your reserch in advnce.

    Go to their website. Scan it and find a few issues you really like and could fit into.

    I job-fair-interviewed with one charter school, and stood near another charter school's booth as I was in line for a public school's interview. Between the two it made me question if i WOULD want to work at a charter school (they don't seem to be my style at all).

    But...as i say, do your research. Type up a research worksheet with a few points about each school. Have it with you so that you can review each school as you wait to approach the interviewer. Be ready with information about their school when you greet them.
     
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    Q: Why do you want to work at a Charter School?

    A: There are a couple of reasons I would love to work for a charter school. The first is that the class sizes are usually smaller, so I would be able to provide individualized instruction to my students. My relationship with the students would be deeper which allows for more curiosity from the students because they are in a trusting environment. I can enhance this curiosity with lessons that may be tailored to their neighborhood, interests, life experiences, etc, so the students will be able to get a much more in-depth learning experience.

    A second reason I would want to work for a charter school is the typically small faculty. It is advantageous to have a small faculty because we can become familiar with each others methods and create lessons that span all disciplines. The teamwork of a small staff would be a very valuable asset to me as a first-year teacher because I would have a great group of mentors. I would look to them for guidance if needed and would use them as a sounding board for new lesson ideas.
     
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    you can also mention bloom's taxonomy which uses higher evel thinking skills
     
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    Here are some I had today.. they were tough and I was unprepared!

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: How do you show flexibility with your students?

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: What is your relationship like with parents/students/coworkers (students really threw me off)

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: What's an innovative idea you've introduced in your school?

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: What are some strategies you would use with struggling readers?

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: Describe your behavior management plan, specifically with a student who is repeatedly disruptive in your class.
     
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    Here's another one I got.

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

    I assume they want you to say you'll still be in their district?
     
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    One more I just remembered:

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: What are your 3 highest priorities in your teaching?

    I had no clue how to answer. My answer was all over the place. I talked about:

    1. creating a classroom community
    2. literacy (in general)
    3. behavior management/expectations/routines
     
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    Hope this helps!
     
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    They hope that you've been in their district, but you need to elaborate a bit more. I usually discuss how I see myself in the classroom for the next 5-7 years to gain experience, and then hope to move into an administrative role such as AP or instructional specialist so I can use my masters degree.
     
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    1. To ensure that all of my students feel safe in the classroom environment through building a classroom community.
    2. That all of my students learn at their own levels through differentiating instruction.
    3.To make sure that my teaching is student-centered and that students are actively engaged in their learning so that they can apply what they are learning in the classroom to their lives outside of school.
     
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    Question: If you could be any shoe, what would you be and why? (i swear my friend just got asked this at a recent interview!!!)
     
  40. leighbball

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    That's definitely one of the most interesting interviews questions I've heard!

    I'd be a sneaker because they have many purposes. You can dress them up or down; run, walk, or skip in them; and you can move fast or slow. Sneakers allow you to work hard or take it easy. They are flexible and multi-purposeful, like a teacher. :)
     
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    1. Creating a safe and positive classroom community
    2. Instilling values and a love of learning in my students
    3. Reaching all of my students by incorporating a variety of learning styles and student interests

    :)
     

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