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Sample Questions for Teachers

  1. Tell me about yourself.
  2. What/who influenced you the most to become a teacher? Why did you choose education as your career?
  3. How have your past experiences prepared you for teaching?
  4. Why do you want to teach?
  5. What do you enjoy most about working with young people?
  6. What do you enjoy least about working with young people?
  7. Tell me about your student teaching/internship experience(s). What kind of problems did you have and how did you resolve them?
  8. What classroom management techniques did you use? How effective have they been for you?
  9. How do you handle discipline problems? What is the most difficult aspect of discipline for you?
  10. How would you handle a student who is a consistent behavioral problem?
  11. How do you keep students on task?
  12. How would you handle a student who refuses to work in your class or do what you ask?
  13. A student is consistently late for class. How would you handle this situation?
  14. Some students always finish their assignments early. How would you deal with the free time that they have?
  15. What do you feel are the most important things students learn in your classroom?
  16. Describe an ideal classroom.
  17. Describe a teaching strategy you used to maximize the learning potential of all students.
  18. Describe how you conduct a lesson. Describe the components of an effective lesson plan.
  19. Do you believe in detailed lesson plans? How do you use lesson plans?
  20. Define cooperative learning and give an example of how you have used it.
  21. What curriculum materials have you developed?
  22. How do you individualize your teaching?
  23. Would you rather teach the slow learner or the advanced learner? Why?
  24. How do you teach to low achievers?
  25. How would you work with a mainstreamed learning disabled student?
  26. How do you handle the different ability levels of students? How do you help a student who is having difficulty?
  27. How do you work with students who perform below grade level?
  28. How do you personally feel students learn?
  29. How do you motivate students? What are several effective ways to motivate students toward active participation in the learning process?
  30. How do you reinforce major ideas or concepts that you want students to learn?
  31. How do you provide feedback to students about how they are doing?
  32. How will you determine if students are learning? What evaluation techniques do you use?
  33. How have/would you use paid/volunteer aides in your classroom?
  34. How do you involve parents in the learning process?
  35. What is your philosophy of teaching?
  36. What attributes are common to good teaching?
  37. What are the three most important strengths you possess that will make you a successful teacher?
  38. Give me one or two examples of things that you discovered about yourself while student teaching that you would like to improve.
  39. What kind of relationship do you have with your students?
  40. How do you think your students would describe you?
  41. What kind of learning environment do you try to create?
  42. How do you reinforce self-esteem in students?
  43. Describe your ability to listen and be responsive. Can you give me an example?
  44. Are you the kind of person children and adults confide in?
  45. How do you make students feel at ease around you, while still respecting you?
  46. How do you show your students that you understand them and their frustrations?
  47. Through your teaching, do you think students can be changed?
  48. Is it appropriate to tell your class that you are angry with them?
  49. What do you expect from your supervisor? What qualities would you like to have in your principal?
  50. What issues in education are of greatest concern to you? Why?
  51. What is the toughest aspect of teaching today? What are some of the greatest challenges of being an educator?
  52. What is the most exciting initiative happening in your area of education today?
  53. What books/journal articles have you read in the last six months/year?
  54. Do you plan to continue your education/seek an advanced degree?
  55. What do you want to accomplish in your profession?
  56. Why should this district hire you?
  57. What things about yourself would you like to bring out that have not been brought out in the interview?
  58. What questions do you have that I may be able to answer?
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