Starting 3rd year, taking part in interview

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  1. allaragallagher

    allaragallagher Comrade

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    Hi all:

    I'm starting my third year of teaching this fall. My coworker resigned and my principal just asked me to take part in the interviews for the position. Should I come prepared with a few questions or take his lead? If so, what kind of questions could I ask?
     
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  3. vickilyn

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    Always come with at least a few things to ask, especially when it comes to things that your team may feel strongly about. Just a thought.
     
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    allaragallagher Comrade

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    As the only other English teacher in the building, I'm head of the department now. I care about classroom management (we have a high turnaround and the kids like to try to scare new teachers away) and whether or not she teaches grammar.
     
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    It sounds like you have just the concerns that the principal was hoping for. If he leads well, follow.
     
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    When I'm on interview committees, I always bring a list of questions typed out that I can refer to in case I need it. Here are some of them from my current list:

    • Why are you interested in teaching at our school?

    • What are your strengths - what are your weaknesses?

    • If I walked into your classroom, what would I see?

    • Tells us the types of technology you are familiar with and how would these be
    integrated in your lessons?

    • Describe for me a lesson you taught that went very well. Why did the lesson
    work so well?

    • Describe one of your most frustrating experiences with a student and how you
    handled it.

    • Can you describe a time you worked in a team?

    • How would you handle a parent who insisted you were not meeting their
    students need?

    • How would you deal with a parent who has unrealistic expectations of their child.

    • If you noticed that a student or students were not understanding or grasping a
    concept what would you do?

    • How do you assess student performance?

    • How would you differentiate instruction for high-level learners?

    • How would you meet the needs of special education students in your class?

    • What is your approach to classroom management and student discipline?

    • Tell us about some of the things you do to improve yourself as a teacher.

    • Is there anything you want us to know that we haven't asked that might help us
    as we make our hiring decision?

    Obviously, you don't ask all of the questions, but having a large list to choose from helps you be prepared for a lull in the interview. I also include ones that are very specific to the grade level and subject area. I can't tell you how many times the principal has reached over during an interview and "borrowed" my list.

    Good luck on doing interviews. It can be a great experience.

    -Rain
     
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  7. Mr.Literature

    Mr.Literature Companion

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    Lol this list is actually really helpful for people looking to interview. A friend of mine was interviewing the other day and I was trying to hard to remember the types of questions they asked of me. You pretty much covered all of the most important things.
     

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