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CEHD Career Services
411 Science Teaching & Student Services Building |www.cehd.umn.edu/career 
The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. This material is available inalternative formats upon request.
Getting to Know You
Tell us a little about yourself.
Why did you choose to become a teacher? What do you want to accomplishas a teacher?
Describe your areas of strength and also an area you hope to improve.
Tell us about your student teaching experience. What did you learn,what did you do well, and what do you need to work on?
What would your students say about you?
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
What three words would you choose to describe yourself?
What is your educational and professional preparation?
How would your peers/colleagues describe you?
In 100 words or less, discuss the strengths and competencies youpossess which qualify you for this position.
The purpose and rationale for these (getting to know you) questions are togain personal information, determine your ability to organize your thoughtsand think quickly, as well as your poise and confidence under stress.
Teacher Relationships with Students
What kind of students do you like to work with? What type of studentscould you teach most effectively?
How do you help students experience success?
How would you individualize instruction for students?
What procedures do you use to evaluate student progress besides usingtests?
How would you challenge the slow learner and the advanced learnerwithin the same class?
How will you find out students attitudes and feelings in your class?
What is your experience working with special education students?English Language Learners?
What is your experience working with diverse student populations?
Discuss experiences working with your target population of students.How do you keep them motivated?
Discuss your experience or interest working with struggling learnersand at-risk students.
Sample TeacherInterview Questions
Teacher Relationships with Students Continued 
What do you think is the best approach for empowering students, ratherthan enabling them?
What opportunities would you be able to bring to our students?
Describe a lesson that would be very motivating to teach. What are thestudents doing?
How will you establish and foster relationships with students,especially those with difficult behaviors?
How do you assess what a student with behavioral issues needs to besuccessful? Describe methods, strategies, or interventions you haveimplemented with a student with serious behavioral issues.
Teacher Relationships with Colleagues
What kind of teachers would you prefer to work with? Why?
What activities would you like to work with at our school?
What quality or qualities do you have that would enhance our teachingstaff?
What are some personality characteristics you find undesirable inpeople?
Give an example of something valuable you learned from a colleague.
Can you give a specific example of a project where you workedcollaboratively? What were the goals, challenges and outcomes?
Discuss your feelings about working in a team environment in whichsome items (i.e. curriculum) are agreed upon as a team, department,school, etc.
What kind of assistance would you most like from other staff members?
Who should be responsible for discipline in a school? Why?
Teacher Relationships with Parents
What do you feel is the most effective way to communicate withparents? Describe how you have used these technique(s)?
Describe the reasons who you would contact parents.
What would you include in your Open House presentations to parents?
What community activities would you like to be associated with? Why?
Teaching Techniques and Pedagogy
Briefly describe your philosophy of education.
List and describe three teaching strategies you feel most competentusing.
How will you make your classroom a safe learning environment?
How will you address Response to Intervention in your classroom?
What are the most significant challenges in teaching and learning incurrent classrooms?
How will you implement accommodations for students with special needs?
What teaching strategies do you feel comfortable using? Are youdeveloping?
What is the most unique lesson you have taught in a classroom?Teaching strategy and/or pedagogy?
Tell us about two lessons you have taught that went really well andtwo that did not go so well.
Teaching Techniques and Pedagogy Continued 
Describe any school experience you have had, particularly in studentteaching (or in another teaching position) that has prepared you for afull-time position at our school.
How would you integrate technology into the curriculum you wouldteach?
Describe any innovative projects you have been involved in developing.
What teaching methods do you use most frequently (i.e. lecturing,demonstrating, worksheets, projects, research, daily puzzles)?
What areas of your subject are you uncomfortable teaching?
How do you decide which electives to teach, if given the option?
Are you comfortable with online grading software?
To you feel it is important to teach values and morals in school, andhow would you accomplish this task?
How familiar are you with the state academic standards and MCAtesting?
Do you have experience with group teaching and/or subject integration,and do you think it is valuable?
Give an example of how you have used cooperative learning in yourclassroom.
What four words would students use to describe your teachingstrategies?
What rules do you have for your classroom?
Describe your teaching style and how you accommodate the differentlearning styles within your classes.
What do you consider to be your strengths and how will you use them inyour teaching?
What methodologies do you use in your teaching?
How would you develop an overall teaching plan for the year?
Would you rather try new teaching strategies or try to perfect theapproaches which work best for you? Explain.
An experienced teacher offers you the following advice: “When you areteaching, be sure to command the respect of your students immediatelyand all will go well.” How do you feel about this?
How do you decide what should be taught in your class?
Tell me about a lesson you use that integrates one or more standards.
What is your philosophy of classroom management?
Tell me about a lesson you use that utilizes reading, writing,speaking, and listening.
What would I see if I were to observe you at work in your classroom?
What are some ways you’ve thought of to reduce plagiarism?
What intervention strategies do you use as a teacher at the classroomlevel for students who are not having success?
Discuss your general philosophies related to grading, assignments,types of assessments, extra credit, etc.
What are your experiences working with Curriculum Cycles, designingcurriculum and leadership roles related to designing and implementinga new/revised curriculum?
How do we overcome obstacles or barriers to learning (i.e. lack ofmotivation, little support at home, etc.)?

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