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Teacher Interview Questions

These are common interview questions encountered by those pursuing a teaching position.

  • What is the role of the teacher in the classroom?
  • What principles do you use to motivate students?
  • Describe effective teaching techniques that result in intended learning.
  • State a behavioral objective you taught in your last class.
  • What is the most exciting thing happening today in your area of study?
  • What have you found to be the toughest aspect of discipline?
  • Describe an ideal curriculum in your area of study.
  • How do you individualize learning in your classes?
  • If you could choose to teach any concept in your area, which would you select? Why?
  • How do you structure your class to achieve maximum benefit from teacher/student contact?
  • What is your position on teacher-advisement programs?  Behavior modification?  Tracking?  Special Education?  Values clarification?  Multi-test approach?
  • If you found nonstandard usage in student writing or class discussion how would you respond to it?
  • In what areas do you feel you need improvement?
  • How have you communicated student progress to parents?
  • How have you stressed the development of cognitive skills within your classes?
  • Define a superior teacher.
  • What is the role of the student within your classroom?
  • Describe a lesson plan that you have developed.  What were the objectives, the format of the lesson, and how did you evaluate whether or not the objectives were achieved?
  • What should your students have gained from having taken your course?
  • What are your strong points?
  • What is your position on competency-based instruction?
  • What do you like most about being a teacher?