Interview Questions (2009)

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  1. StudentTeach

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    wow. I'm glad I wasn't at THAT interview!!
     
  2. ereliz33

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    Interview Questions

    Here are some questions I had on an interview today for a MS position:

    1. How would you prepare students for the state reading exam?

    2. How do you motivate a student who does not want to learn?

    3. Describe the ideal teacher.
     
  3. cmw

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    I just had a round 2 interview today. :D

    After the oral interview I had to write essay answers to the 2 questions. The first question was about professional development and the areas I would choose to work on. The question also asked about my goals and how I would know I have achieved them. The 2nd question was specific to music. The question wanted me to describe how I would choose music for a program, choose students to perform, run rehearsals, and run the performance.
     
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    Had my first interview of the season this morning. Yay! I looked at all the questions that have been posted on this thread and they helped soooo much. It was for a middle school position. They had the usual
    1. Why do you want to work at this school?
    2. What kind of teacher would you be?
    3. How would you accommodate different levels in the classroom?
    4. How would you use technology to help your students?

    They also asked "What was the last professional book you read?"
    Lucky for me, my mother-in-law just gave me her copy of Phish for Schools. I have started reading it, but have not got that far. One of the people in the intervew (there were three), has read it before so she knew what I was was talking about. She also asked about GT training I had.

    I'll find out in a couple of days. Fingers crossed!
     
  5. shoreline02

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    At the end of your teaching career, what would you hope that students remember about you?
     
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    Please describe the specific steps you would take to ensure that your students who are two or more grade levels behind their peers are on grade level by the conclusion of the school year.
     
  7. Ashtrey

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    This is what I remember from my interview this morning. It didn't last very long - about 30 mins. It sounded like they were on a very tight schedule - 14 interviewees :dizzy:

    Tell me about your teaching experience
    Why are you interested in this school/position
    What would you do to plan for teaching this grade
    How do you help a struggling reader
    How do you challenge your students
    Tell me about your discipline plan/classroom management
    How do you communicate with parents
    How technology savvy are you
    Tell me what your classroom would look like in August and what it would look like in December
    Are you familiar with The Daily 5 or The Phonics Dance
    What else would you like to add that I didn't ask (I totally blew this question.....)

    I think that was it - now the wait begins.......
     
  8. roseteacher12

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    wow they talked about the daily 5? i don't actually know any schools that use it; I've only read about it here!
     
  9. Ashtrey

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    wow they talked about the daily 5? i don't actually know any schools that use it; I've only read about it here!

    yes, it is currently being used at one of the schools in the district - and they are planning on using it at the other 3 schools in the district next school year! I had actually heard about it one here - and checked out the book at the library and read the first 3 chapters - so I wasn't in the complete dark.....
     
  10. angelmom

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    A group of new students...

    Question= You have a group of new students, what do you need to know to begin lesson planning.

    My brain seems to be fried. I'm thinking knowledge of where they are in math and reading. Any academic or behavior issues that would help me to teach them. Maybe family life if it affects their learning. What else?
     
  11. fishkafoon

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    Phone Interview Questions

    I had my first phone interview today. There were ten questions but I am only able to recall nine of them. I was told by the Special Services director that the interview was to last no longer than 30 minutes (avg. of 2 1/2 minutes per question - ack!).

    QUESTION:
    What assessments do you use to develop a student's IEP?

    QUESTION:

    How do you teach state standards to your special needs students?

    QUESTION:

    What do you feel are your strengths and weaknesses?

    QUESTION:

    Why should we hire you over the other applicants?

    QUESTION:

    What is your middle school philosophy?

    What is your high school philosophy?

    QUESTION:

    What curriculum have you used?

    QUESTION:

    What method of behavior management do you prefer?

    QUESTION:

    How well do you work with your paraeducators?

    QUESTION:

    What is your education background and training, and, why do you want to teach?


    **The philosophy and education background questions were double-whammies, that's for certain. :dizzy:
     
  12. youmanj

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    I've never gone through this process before, just graduated in April, but is it a good sign if districts are mailing out questionnaires to references that you may have listed?
     
  13. cristin11

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    It's certainly not a bad sign. Most of the districts here require references to fill out a checklist/questionnaire about a teacher candidate. It just depends on the district.
     
  14. klc92201

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    Alot of districts around here email out references even before you get an interview. It is a part of the online application.
     
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    Couple questions I got in my last interview.

    Describe a fond or humorous moment with your students.

    Describe your best language arts lesson.

    This is our mission statement to promote a postive learning environment at XYZ School. Describe how your teaching philosophy fits in with our goals.
     
  16. Coolvp4

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    how about 2010 questions,

    i was wondering if anyone here is from florida and has gone on a language arts/ reading teacher interview?
     
  17. littlepearl

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    Interview Question

    I had my second interview today and here is one that I have not heard on here.. it is a scenario question...

    A student in your class has worked hard all year long. But, they only have a 58 average and a passing score is 60. Do you pass them? Why or why not.

    I am curious to hear your responses... :confused:
     
  18. Elocin

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    2 I had today:

    What kind of professional development topic would you like to see offered?

    What kind of professional development topic do you feel secure enough in to teach as an expert?
     
  19. kelsbels

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    Here are the questions I was asked during the two interviews I had this morning:

    1st interview: (1st and 2nd grade positions)

    1. Tell us about yourself, including your experience in education.

    2. How do you plan your lessons and ensure that students are learning? (I cannot remember this question verbatim.)

    3. What does you classroom behavior plan look like?

    4. How do you effectively teach all students in a classroom that is not grouped by ability?

    5. What should administrators expect from their teachers and what should teachers expect from their administrators?

    6. Tell us about a difficult situation - what happened, how you handled it, and the end results.

    7. What does an effective inclusion classroom look like?

    8. What would your previous employers tell us were your strengths and weaknesses?

    9. How do you incorporate technology in your classroom?

    10. What is the one question you were hoping we would ask you, but we didn't?

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    2nd interview (3rd and 4th grade positions)

    1. Why do you want to work at *XYZ School*?

    2. What would you do with a student who didn't know how to read?

    3. What does your behavior plan look like?

    4. What kinds of assessments do you use in your classroom and what do you use these assessments for?

    5. Tell me about an exemplary teacher that you know - what qualities make her/him exemplary?

    6. What strategies do you use to engage all learners in a heterogeneous classroom?

    7. Why do you want to be a teacher?

    There was another question during this second interview, but I cannot for the life of me remember what it was. I may be blocking it out because my second interview was rather horrific.
     
  20. kelsbels

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    Here is a list of the questions I was asked this morning (at least the ones I can remember). They are not listed in the order they were asked.

    Interview for 5th grade position:

    1. Tell us about your background and why it has prepared you for a career in education.

    2. How would you handle a child who repeatedly misbehaves?

    3. How would you differentiate your instruction to accommodate all learners in the classroom?

    4. What are some strategies you would use to help close the achievement gap?

    5. What reading curriculums have you used?

    6. What is your philosophy of classroom management?

    7. Tell us about a lesson you taught and the assessment strategies you used to determine student success with the lesson.

    8. What is an inclusion classroom?

    9. Tell us what you know about the following acronyms: PBS, IST, RtI, IEP.

    10. What else do we need to know about you? Convince us that you are the best candidate for this position?
     
  21. itsmejenni

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    interview info from my college - part 1

    I. INTRODUCTION
    Interviewing is the most widely used method for selecting employees. The interview enables the employer to evaluate a candidate's personality, strengths, and educational and work experiences. It has been described as a mutual "exchange of information" because it also affords the candidate an opportunity to gain information about the organization and the position, and to evaluate how these match his/her own skills, interests, and career goals.

    CANDIDATE <--- Information ---> EMPLOYER
    Skills Exchange Duties/Responsibilities of job
    Accomplishments Organizational structure
    Values Advancement opportunities
    Goals Training
    Interests Salary/Fringe benefits
    Experience Supervision
    Education

    II. SETTING THE INTERVIEW
    Normally, the employer will contact you by telephone to arrange an interview. It is important that you obtain the following information:
    * What is (are) the name(s) and title(s) of the interviewer(s)? Ask for the correct pronunciation?
    * How will the interview be structured?
    * What is the name of the organization?
    * What is the address (location) of interview. Ask for directions to get there.
    * What is the phone number?
    * What are the time and date of the interview?

    III. THE FOUR "P'S" OF INTERVIEWING

    PREPARATION PRESENTATION
    1. Know Yourself. 1. Display confidence & enthusiasm.
    2. Know the Organization & Field. 2. Conduct yourself with professionalism
    3. Match yourself with the organization. in both attitude and appearance.
    3. Turn nervousness into positive energy.

    PERSONALITY PRACTICE!!!!
    1. Be yourself - let your personality shine 1. Develop a mental or written outline

    RESEARCH THE SCHOOL
    Knowledge About the Organization
    Interviewers are continually amazed at the large number of candidates who come into job interviews without any apparent preparation and a very vague understanding of the organization or field. This lack of preparation guarantees that the interview will go poorly and decreases the likelihood of receiving a job offer. Remember that the needs of the organization and not the needs of the candidate are the most important factor. The interviewer is trying to determine if you can become part of their organization and do a specific job. How can this be determined if you know nothing about them? To help you research an organization for an interview, here are some areas to research:

    Elementary or Secondary School:
    * How many schools are in the district?
    * What are the numbers of students attending the schools?
    * Who is the bargaining agent for teachers, administrators, and specialists?
    * What is the socio economic make up of the district?
    * If a parochial school, who operates it?

    WHERE TO FIND INFORMATION ABOUT AN EMPLOYER'S ORGANIZATION
    * College and School Catalogs * Organizational Literature
    * Career Library * Public Library
    * People who work (have worked) there * Personal contacts (network)
    * Annual report * Professional journals and magazines
    * Chamber of Commerce * Newspaper or magazine articles
    * Professional Associations

    TRAITS ON WHICH YOU WILL BE JUDGED
    * Punctuality * Appearance * Oral Communication * Personality
    * Assertiveness * Energy * Enthusiasm * Leadership
    * Maturity * Motivation * Loyalty * Initiative
    * Career goals * Education * Experience * Confidence

    HELPFUL INTERVIEW TIPS
    1. Be energetic, full of life. In brief, be a person of interest. Never be just an applicant or just another job
    seeker.
    2. Be pleasant, friendly, courteous, and tactful.
    3. Be relaxed, cool and calm.
    4. Always maintain good eye contact. Follow the interviewer's eyes (If more than one interviewer, include each
    person by moving from one to another).
    5. Listen carefully and answer the questions asked. Don't go off on tangents.
    6. Keep your answers concise and to the point, unless you're asked to elaborate.
    7. Use facial expressions and gestures to help communicate your thoughts and convey your personality.
    8. Be truthful but positive.
    9. Don't be defensive, hostile, apologetic, desperate, or critical
    10. Let your sense of humor show through.
    11. Create a positive feeling toward yourself.
    12. Restate your interest in the position at the close of an interview.

    THE TEACHING INTERVIEW: QUESTIONS YOU MIGHT BE ASKED

    Concerns:
    How Will I relate to students in this school?
    How will I work with other faculty members?
    How will I cooperate with the administration?
    How will I fit into this community?

    What Qualities Do School Administrators look for:
    -Civility, cooperation, pleasant demeanor, kindness
    -Good rapport with students, love of children
    -Commitment to education, enthusiasm, sense of mission
    -Good character: honesty, integrity, fairness, other role model qualities
    -Strong professional ethics
    -Knowledge of education or subject matter
    -Excellent grammatically correct written and oral communication
    -Flexibility, creativity
    -Professional Appearance
    -Good college transcript: appropriate coursework, respectable grades
    -Knowledge of another language or culture
    -Ability and willingness to do coaching or extracurricular assignments

    TYPICAL QUESTIONS ASKED IN AN INTERVIEW:

    Self-Awareness/Career Decisions/ Values/Your Educational Preparation
    -When did you first become interested in teaching?
    -Why did you decide on a career in education?
    -Tell me something about your background
    -Tell about yourself in five minutes
    -What experience influenced your decision to teach?
    -How will your students describe you?
    -How well has your college/university prepared you for the field of teaching?
    -What coursework have you taken that has made you especially suited for this position?
    -Describe your educational background and teaching experience related to your subject area.
    -Tell us about yourself and why are you interested in this school district and or/position?
    -How would you describe yourself?
    -Tell me about yourself?
    -How do you think a friend or a professor who knows you well would describe you?
    -What academic subjects did you like best? Least?
    -What personal characteristics are necessary for success in your chosen field?
    -What part does your family play in your life?
    -What are the most important rewards you expect in your career?
    -Which is more important to you; the money or type of job?
    -In what kind of a work environment are you most comfortable?
    -How do you work under pressure?
    -How would you describe the ideal job for you?
    -What two or three things are most important to you in your job?
    -What criteria are you using to evaluate the organization for which you hope to work?
    -Do you have a geographical preference?
    -Describe yourself with three adjectives and explain why they were chosen.

    Technology
    -How would you apply technology to enhance daily instruction and increase student learning?
    -How would you or have you incorporated technology in your classroom?
    -Explain your skills using a computer? What computer software have you used?
    -Are you comfortable with the use of techology in the classroom?


    Teaching Experience/Instructional Skills/Strengths/Weaknesses
    -Discuss your student teaching experience. What did you like? Dislike? Changes you would have made?
    -Please review for us your teaching experiences such as levels and subjects taught, years, locations etc
    -Please tell me about your most challenging experience while working with children or in the classroom?
    -What experience do you have in teaching writing skills?
    -What experience do you have with in-class support?
    -How was your room organized? What was the atmosphere of your room?
    -What techiques do you use to keep pupils actively involved during a lesson?
    -What would you do to insure that children understand exactly what is expected in a homework assignment?
    -How do you deal with the unmotivated student?
    -Tell me about some specific motivational stategies you use to get students excited about learning.
    -What is the most important “thing” a student could learn in your class?
    -Explain how you have changed your lesson plan preparation and presentation as you have gained experience.
    -How do you stay current in your field?
    -What current educational trends do you consider to have the most impact and how do you implement them?
    -How well organized are you? Why is organization important for a teacher?
    -What do you include in your daily lesson plans? How closely do you follow your plans?
    -What are some of the considerations you make when planning your lessons?


    University of North Florida
    Career Services
    Founders Hall, Building 2, Room 2086
    620-2955

    Job Interviewing For Teachers

    Written and compiled by Rick Roberts, Director, Career Services, February 2006
     
  22. itsmejenni

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    iew info from my college - part 2

    -How much homework will you assign? How do you know how long it will take your students?
    -Should a teacher intentionally use humor in the classroomh? How do you use humor in the classroom?
    -In planning your lessons or units of study, how do you organize and prepare your material?
    -What can you contribute to our school?
    -Why do you think you will be a successful teacher?
    -Why should I hire you instead of other applicants?
    -Describe the best lesson you have delivered? Why was is successful?
    -Describe the teaching techniques or strategies that are most effective for you.
    -Describe your typical lesson. What does it include and who participates-how do they participate?
    -What do you include when you write objectives?
    -Do you feel that the teacher should be responsible for developing objectives or should they be provided in the curriculum?
    -What do you consider to be your major strength you bring to the classroom?
    -What do you believe is one area you want to work on improving?
    -What distinguishes you from other candidates?
    -What do you bring to the community besides your educational background?
    -Is there anything you would like to add to help us evaluate your candidacy?
    -If I were to contact your references, what do you think they would say about you?
    -What do you consider to be your greatest strengths?
    -What qualifications do you have that makes you think you will be successful?
    -Why should I hire you?
    -Tell me how you go about organizing your work and scheduling your own time.
    -What do you do to ensure that your goals and objectives are met in a timely way?
    -Describe the most extensive planning that you have done
    -What have you learned from your mistakes?
    -What do you consider to be your greatest weakness?

    Classroom Management
    -What is your classroom management plan/style? What are your goals?
    -If I walked into your classroom; what would it look, feel, and sound like?
    -What would a typical day look like in your classroom?
    -Describe your organization and management strategies.
    -What role does classroom management play in the educational process?
    -When students say they want the teacher to be fair, what do you think they mean?

    Interests/Extracurricular Activities
    -Tell us about your other school-related experiences such as extra-curricular activities, committees, curriculm development,
    etc.
    -What hobbies or interests do you have that might help you as a teacher in the classroom?
    -With what extracurricular activities would you be willing assist?
    Discipline
    -What worked best for you in classroom control?
    -Describe your philosophy regarding discipline?
    -What was the most challenging discipline problem you’ve encountered and how did you handle it?
    -Describe the elements you would include in a discipline plan.
    -How would you deal with a student who disrupts.
    -What kind of rules do you have in your classroom? How are they established?
    -What do you feel are the most important factors in classroom control?
    -How would you create and and promote a safe atmosphere within your classroom?

    Assessment/Follow-up
    -If pupils were having difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
    -Tell us how well you assess your students to determine how well they are learning.
    -What techniques would you use to be sure that pupils understand?
    -How do you know whether pupils understand what you are teaching during a lesson?
    -How do you feel when a student fails?
    -How would you assess your effectiveness as a teacher?
    -What kinds of materials have you used to assess pupil strengths and weaknesses?
    -What kinds of tests do you like to give.
    -What are some methods of communicating student progress to parents other than report cards?

    Philosophy/Teaching Style/Motivation
    -What is your philosophy of education?
    -As you look back on your teaching experience, what was most effective about you? About your style? What was least
    effective about your teaching style?
    -How can you get students excited about your subject area?
    -What innovative ideas would you like to initiate in your classroom?
    -What strategies and/or materials would you use to aid students in developing creativity?
    -Describe three ways to motivate students
    -What kind of relationship do you want with your students?
    -What do you anticipate as being the most satisfying aspect of teaching?
    -Who was your best teacher and why?
    -What subject do you want to teach and how would you teach it?
    -Describe the role of the teacher in the learning process
    -Would you describe an outstanding teacher to me please?
    -What kind of person do you like to work for?
    -If you could establish an ideal school, what would it be like?
    -What kind of people do you find it difficult to work with and why?
    -What do you do when a supervisor or principal criticizes a teaching technique that you are using?
    -What do you value most in a child?
    -Do you have a specific grade level/age that you prefer to teach? Why?
    -What motivates you to put forth your greatest effort?
    -How do you determine or evaluate success?
    -Tell me about the most long-term, sustained, extra hours effort you have had to put into your
    work/school/internship.
    -Describe a time when you were most frustrated or discouraged in reaching your objectives or goals.
    -What do you feel has been your most significant work/school/internship related accomplishment within the
    past year or so?
    -Describe the last time you did something which went well beyond the expected in your work/school/internship.

    Short-term and Long Term Career Goals
    -What are your professional plans?
    -What are your career goals: short term and long term?

    Professional Development
    -What have you read in the last six months or year?


    Diversity/Cultural Awareness/Learning Differences
    -Discuss your feelings/experience in reference to working in an urban setting
    -What opportunities have you had to bring multicultural education into your classroom?
    -What experience have you had with students from culturally diverse backgrounds?
    -How do you provide for individual differences within your classroom? What was the socio-economic level of your
    students?
    -How will you instruct/challenge students with varying abilities?
    -How do you handle curricular content in classes with many levels of ability?
    -Describe different student learning styles or modalities of students and how you adjust lessons to benefit those differing
    styles.
    -What would you do if 50% of a class did poorly on a test?
    -Are there any materials you have used that you find are especially effective for slow learners or bright students?

    Situations/Problem Solving/Stress Questions
    -Describe a difficult decision and how you solved it
    -Describe an experience with kids or peers by discussing:
    The most difficult moment/situation
    The most rewarding moment/situation
    An incident that required discipline
    A favorite/least favorite student, camper, hall resident, etc.
    -What would you do or how would you treat a student who refused to do the work assigned?
    -What does “teamwork” mean to you? Give an example
    -Describe your approach with a parent who is upset with you—and you know you are right.
    -Did you ever have problems with your supervisor?
    -What causes you to lose your temper?
    -How often have you been absent from work, school, or training?
    -Have you ever had trouble with other people on the job?
    -Can you take instructions without getting upset?
    -Don't you feel you're a little too old/young for this job?
    -With your background, we believe that you are overqualified for this position. Why have you applied for this job?
    -You haven't had sufficient experience in this field. Can you elaborate on related experiences?
    -Our experience with women on this job has not been good. Why do you think you would be a better suited?
    -What would irritate you most if I as a manager did it?
    -Tell me about the last time you were criticized by a supervisor/professor.
    -Tell me about a time when you felt most pressured and stressed in your work/school/internship.
    -Tell me about a most difficult problem or decision which you faced in your work/internship/school assignment.
    -Tell me about the last time you made a decision which backfired.
    -Tell me about the time you most regretted not getting advice before going ahead.
    -Tell me about the last significant crisis situation you faced in your work.
    - Tell me about a time when you were most persuasive in overcoming resistance to your ideas.
    -Tell me about the last time you had a disagreement or clash with someone at work.
    -If you could spend a day doing anything you wanted, what would you do?
    -What do you believe your role and obligations to be toward other faculty members?
    -How do you feel about parent contact?
    -Tell me about the time you were most persuasive in overcoming resistance to your ideas or point of view.
    -Tell me about the last time someone made an unreasonable request of you.

    Knowledge of School District/Community
    -Why do you want to work for us?
    -Why did you decide to seek a position with this organization/school?
    -What do you know about our organization/school?
    -What job in our organization/school do you want to work toward?

    APPENDIX E: QUESTIONS YOU MAY WANT TO ASK IN AN INTERVIEW

    Remember that you have as much right to evaluate an employer as an employer has to evaluate you. One way to ensure that you have adequate information to make a sound judgment is to ask questions. You may do so at any point in the interview: at the beginning to clarify the job description so that you can relate your experience and skills adequately; in the middle to clarify a question you do not understand; at the end to show your interest in the organization and to fill in points which are as yet unanswered. Below are some possible questions for you to ask:


    -What is the teacher/student ratio in your district?
    -Are extracurricular assignments available for teachers interested and qualified in after-school activities?
    -Do you encourage teachers to earn graduate degrees?
    -How many students participate in extra-curricular activities?
    -How many classed a day will I be expected to teach?
    -Does your district offer faculty in-service training days during the school year?
    -What types of school activities promote parent-teacher-student interaction?
    -What reading series do you use in upper grades?
    -Tell me about the students who attend this school.
    -In the past few years what has been the average faculty turnover rate?
    -What textbooks does the district use in this subject area?
    -Is there a budget established for supplies which need to be purchased during the school year?
    -Do teachers participate in curriculum review and change?
    -Do you have an active teacher-parent organization?
    -Does your district promote staff development activities and conferences? What types of programs have the teachers
    attended in the last year?
    -What percentage of your graduates continue their education?
    -How does the teaching staff feel about new teachers?
    -What is the retention rate for secondary students?
    -What discipline procedures does the district use?
    -Are there opportunities for team teaching or team planning?
    -Do parents support the schools? Does the community?
    -What types of support personnel are employed by the school?(e.g. consultants, counselors)
    -Do your schools ues teacher aides or parent volunteers?
    -Who is responsible for the instruction in the use of resource materials in your library of learning center?
    -To what extend do staff members work collaboratively to solve problems and respond to the needs of students?
    -How often will I be evaluated?
    -Does the administration encourage field trips for students?
    -What kind of learning atmosphere (discipline) do you want in your classroom?
    -How are teachers assigned to extracurricular activities? Is compensation provided?
    -What is the school structure?
    -Does the district have a statement of educational philosophy or mission?
    -Do you require additional credits?
    -What are the prospects for future growth in this community and its schools?
    -When will a decision be reached and will I be notified?
    -What technology resources will be available to me in the classroom?


    * Note: Don't be overly curious about salary or fringe benefits after a first interview except to get a ballpark figure to make sure that it is within your range of acceptability.

    University of North Florida
    Career Services
    Founders Hall, Building 2, Room 2086
    620-2955

    Job Interviewing For Teachers

    Written and compiled by Rick Roberts, Director, Career Services, February 2006
     
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    how would you answer this?

    If a lesson went wrong, what would you do?
     
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    This is over a year old, but..... I discovered that using white plastic plates works just as good as white boards!
     
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    Clark County Las Vegas Questions (Phone Interview)
    If a principal was to enter your room, physically what would he see?
    What is your classroom management philosophy?
    How would you differentiate in the classroom for ESL and special education students?
    Take me though a lesson you have done, included the steps and resources used and what your students would be doing during the lesson?
    How would you use assessment in your classroom?
     
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    If a principal was to enter your room, physically what would he see?

    He would see a circle area with a teaching easel, tables or desks arranged in small groups, a table designated for guided reading and small group instruction, and several math and literacy learning centers. He would see literacy incorporated in every part of the room- books in the class library and in various centers, environmental print, charts and graphs, and a variety of writing and word work materials. He would see children's names, photos and work throughout the room.

    What is your classroom management philosophy?

    I have found that when clear rules and routines are put in place right at the beginning of the year, and the curriculum is engaging and DAP, behavior isn't a very big issue in my class. On the first day of school, as a class we make up a rule list together- they are always narrowed down to "Be nice, be safe, and be a good listener" and then over the next couple weeks we work on making sure everybody understands those rules- we model how to follow them (and how not to follow them). I think the most important thing is to make consequences clear, give warnings at the first misbehavior, and follow through with the consequences every time.

    How would you differentiate in the classroom for ESL and special education students?

    Since most of the children I've taught are ESL, I've been researching this a lot. I try to use a lot of visuals in my room, and to check for understanding often. If kids have blank looks on their face when I'm talking, I go back and rephrase what I'm saying, and use motions or pictures to explain in a different way until I'm sure they're getting it. How I differentiate for all students, including ESL and SPED, is by making reading, writing, and math workshops a big part of the day, where we can spend a lot of time in individualized small group work, and kids can work independently at their levels.

    Take me though a lesson you have done, included the steps and resources used and what your students would be doing during the lesson?

    This week I am continuing a story-telling unit I have put together. We have already done some sequencing charts together for some picture books- to familiarize kids with the concepts of beginning/middle/end, and now we will be reading a story without illustrations, and be the illustrators ourselves- drawing out the sequence. I came up with the idea for the unit when I noticed the children were very interested in using the puppet stage and in making up stories, and also thought it would be good because it is an important value in this culture. The story that we will illustrate is a local one about hunting, so the kids will really be interested and able to relate to it (I live in AK). The first step I took in planning this lesson was to look at the AK Kindergarten standards to see which I could be working towards. Next I figured out what my goal would be for children at the end of the unit, and I went on a couple preschool teacher message boards that I use regularly to get some ideas for teaching the concepts. I got some good links and ideas there, so then I mapped out the unit and linked them to the standards, and wrote up the plans. On Monday, we will read the story through, and through shared writing, make up a beginning/middle/end chart. Tuesday, we will revisit the story and draw the beginning, Wednesday, the middle, and Thursday, the end. On Friday, I will have scanned all their stories onto my computer and I will work with them on recording their stories onto the Keynote program to listen to later. They can then take their books home to share with their families. The following week we will begin working on characters, plots, and dramatization.
     
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    Puff- wow! that sounds like an awesome lesson! You are actually doing it?
    Definitely a great answer.
     
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    Thanks, Ocean Gal!
     
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    Just spitting out answers here- trying to write them how I would have said them.

    INTERVIEW QUESTION: Give me four words to describe a successful classroom

    First, I would say ENGAGEMENT. If the kids are interested, they are in the right state of mind to learn. Second, I would say visible PROGRESS, being made by ALL students- as a result of careful differentiation. Third, I'd say INTENTIONALITY in planning, linking everything you do in the classroom to a goal. And fourth, COMMUNITY- kids viewing their class as a team, helping each other and solving conflicts independently, feeling a part of the class and ownership in their classroom and in their learning.


    Interview Question: What innovative instructional practice will you use to engage each of your students in meaningful, authentic and rigorous work while motivating them to be self-directed and inquisitive learners?


    The Project Approach was a big focus in my college program, and I really believe that it is the best method of planning to get kids to really take control of their learning, to learn how to ask questions and find answers to those questions. When I taught Kindergarten last year, my curriculum was pretty restrictive, but when we had time we did use this approach, and at first there were some challenges- especially since they were all ELL's, we had to work a lot just on what a question was. But once they started to get it, they just took off. We did a project on hunting, and the kids were more engaged than I've ever seen them. I require them to write 1 full sentence in their journals, but while we were learning about hunting, something that they knew about and was meaningful to them, they were so motivated they were writing 3 or 4 sentences every day. We even wrote a book and sent it to a class back in my hometown in NY, and they wrote us a letter back. 4 months later at the end of the school year, the kids were still talking about it, and still using the new vocabulary words we had learned.
     
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    Geesh, am I the only one that uses this thread now? I'm glad I started practicing this weekend. I wasn't expecting an interview for weeks but found out this morning I'll have one on Wednesday or Thursday! Eeeeek!

    Stumped on a few..

    Tell me about a time when you had to tell a coworker something they did not like to hear.

    Anyone have an answer here? Is it okay to just say, I don't think I've ever had to do this?

    It's important to be both a leader and a follower. Tell me about a time when you were a follower.

    What in the world would you say here? Last year I did buddy reading with 3rd grade, and the 3rd grade teacher arranged it all. Wouldn't that just make me sound lazy though?
     
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    Talk about a time when you collaborated on something where there were a couple designated leaders. I helped organize a district wide history-themed day. It was the first time the district was trying to something to this effect and, as a student teacher, I asked to sit in on the meetings and was invited to participate. Working as a team with the other teachers, we trouble shooted and problem solved, to achieve the goal of a successful day for the students. As needs arose, we worked to solve them. I used the connections I had at my college and local historical society to bring in reenactors, assisted one of the lead teachers with their lessons of the day.


    .....Or something like that. Only with more detail, and I'd probably throw something in about helping to fill the gaps and step up to make sure the day was successful...with specific examples. I'd also throw in how I'm helping again this year, but given more responsibility.
     
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    Note Cards

    :unsure:

    I couldn't send a PM but if you could please send a copy of the note cards I would appreciate it.

    kkearns1@hot.rr.com

    Thanks
     
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    Need Of Assistance

    I was wondering if you recieved answers to those questions you posted. I am in the same boat as you at the moment and have stumbled across the same questions. Could you please share the answers that you have for those questions if you do not mind.

    Thank you.
     
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    Can anyone help me answer these two questions please?

    1) In what ways are you qualified to address the issue of diversity as a part of your instructional program?

    2) Describe the classroom conditions that best facilitate learning. Include strategies you would use to assure maximum learning for all students.

    Your help is greatly appreciated.
    Thank you.
     
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    Hello all! I'm newly registered here, but I've been lurking all summer, preparing for interviews! This is such a great resource! I have a couple of questions pertaining to interviewing.

    1) I student taught in language arts and social studies, and I'll be interviewing for a language arts position. When they ask questions about specific lessons i.e. my most/least successful lesson or my riskiest lesson etc. is it appropriate to use a social studies lesson as my example? Are these types of questions more to get an idea of my planning and prep process?

    2) I've done a little bit of research, and I am still confused about IEPs and RTI. Can someone briefly explain the difference? If you're feeling really helpful, you could throw in 504s too!
     
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    Wow, that's tough! I've thought about how I would address diversity, but not how I'm qualified to address it. I would have no idea what to say. I'm interested to see what everyone else comes up with.
     
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    I took an interviewing workshop and learned to respond to this question in 3 steps:
    1. discuss your education
    2. discuss your last job
    3. discuss another job you have had

    They do not want lots of personal information or rambling. They said to be prepared for this question.

    If you have never held a job, discuss 2 accomplishments that you can tie into the interview.
     
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    That's very good advice! Thank you for sharing it!

    Has anyone been asked questions about the prevelance of bullying? Such as, "how should a teacher handle bullying?"

    An answer would obviously have to go past the basic zero tolerance of bullying position. I know I would definitely document cases of bullying as well as how I handled the situation, but other than that I'm a bit stumped as far as how to answer such a question...
     
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    Oops! Just found the 2011 interview thread. Will be reposting there ;)
     
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    i would love the notecards as im job hunting again after being axed!
     

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