Teaching is considered as the noblest profession. With the progress in intellect, institutions are beginning to adopt new measures to impart the best education to the young generations. Hence there is a vast scope for qualified teachers.
If you are here, the set of questions is prepared with the purpose to help you learn the most basic questions and answers. It will help you to make this interview more enriching than ever.
Q1. What is your teaching philosophy?
Every child is unique, and the classroom is the place that enables each student to realize their own strengths and reach their highest potentials. I believe in providing the students with a safe environment, which lets them, express freely, and provide them the key to express their inner potentials. My teaching philosophy is based on the methods and techniques within the curriculum to let students express themselves, and find their true calling.
Q2. What according to you are the personality traits teachers need to have?
Patient and flexibility to deal with the unique needs of the students, and maintain discipline in the classroom are must for a teacher. The most significant personality trait a teacher should have is perception. If a teacher is able to identify the learning process of students at an early stage, it can be corrected before it gets server. To make this happen, the teacher needs to have a good perception, and identify the learning issues.
Q3. Guide me to how you would prepare your classroom for your first day?
I believe that a classroom is an ideal canvas for me to give out my teaching philosophy. I will create a welcoming, free, friendly & enabling environment in my classroom by displaying up a large “Welcome” board. I will also use quiz posters and related display aids to get curiosity in young students.
I will also display the guidelines for making the class a place for learning, and how to maintain discipline.
Q4. What are the steps to prepare your lesson plan?
I have my own strategy which lets me get better lesson plans for my students. I consider planning, the requirements for standardized curriculum, the level of understanding among the students, and consider the needs of the students in particular. I prepare the lesson plans on the basis of these factors.
Q5. How do you drive enthusiasm and participation in the students?
The best way to drive participation and enthusiasm among students is by creating a sense of equality in the classroom. This means to give equal opportunity to bright students from underperforming students.
It helps in dealing with the fear of failure in the students, and in the long-run, students will be able to have the required confidence and self-esteem.
Q6. How do you manage classroom discipline?
In my first class, I state clearly the rules they are expected to follow during my class, and what actions to be taken for those not adhering to it. These rules are explained and discussed, and agreed upon by the students, which helps to attain the required sense of responsibility and accountability in them.
Q7. How do you interact with the student’s parents?
There is no denying the fact that both parents and teachers play a significant role in students learning.
I make sure that I provide all the required information to the student’s parents so that they are concerned about the child’s wellbeing.
Q8. How do you prepare the students for standardized examinations?
It all depends on the structured curriculum. It should be easy for students to learn and grasp the lessons while preparing for standardized testing. Along with all these I also regularly conduct mock tests throughout the year, to get them familiarized with the key concepts and questions for the examination.
Q9. How do you evaluate students?
I believe in a system that evaluates students to get them better and realized their own potentials. The assessment must contribute to the all-round development of students. There are also other assessment techniques like exams, oral tests, etc. Students can also be evaluated by getting involved in group activities, recitations, quizzes, etc. They are also graded on the basis of discipline and on-time submission of the assignments given.
Q10. How do you help students who are underperforming?
Such students, I believe require an individual study plan, as they are not able to cope up with the rest.
This is done with the discussion with the parents, and other teachers about the learning problems. We also get them to deal with it professionally by getting consultations. Then we sort out a curriculum, which can be best suited to help the underperforming student to learn the lessons.
We then regularly monitor the study plan and check the performance rates. The same will also be made known to the parents and other teachers.