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Sample Teaching Interview Answers

Can someone please help me answer the following questions? Please answer in your own words. I just need an idea of where to go with the questions.

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1. What are your three most important reasons for wanting to be a teacher?

2. What characteristics do you possess that you believe will make you an effective teacher?

3. Name three staff development topics you believe would be most beneficial to offer in schools.

4. Prior to planning a lesson, what do you need to consider?

5. What ideas do you have to address diversity (e.g. culture, special needs, ESL, etc.) in your classroom?

6. What do you anticipate to be the greatest challenge in your teaching?

7. What would you like to see as outcomes of your student teaching experience and your experience in the Teacher Education Program?

8. Describe an ideal classroom situation.

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I hope these answers give you help in getting started with your own assessment. Let me know if I can be of further assistance.

1. What are your three most important reasons for wanting to be a teacher?
I have had the opportunity to volunteer in schools and other educational settings, and I have always enjoyed working with children and seeing the excitement in their eyes as they master a new skill or concept. The personal satisfaction of knowing that I helped cause that excitement is one reason I want to be a teacher.
I also feel that a career in teaching will suit me well. I have a very strong interest in my subject matter (math), but also interests in a variety of other areas, such as sports, music, and visual art, which means that I am able to incorporate a variety of topics into my content area. Teaching will provide me opportunities to use a variety of interests in one area.
The most important reason I want to be a teacher is because I feel that teaching is not just a job, but a vocation. I feel a strong pull towards being a teacher. I know that it's not an easy career and that it has challenges and disadvantages, but I am drawn to rising above the challenges to be able to help the students in my classroom.
2. What characteristics do you possess that you believe will make you an effective teacher?

I feel that I am ...

Solution Summary

This provides examples of answers regarding one's personal feeling about teaching, staff development, diversity, and more.

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