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How Do You Determine What Should Be Taught in the Classroom?

explain how you will determine what should be taught

Do you know how you will answer this teacher interview question: Explain how you will determine what should be taught in the classroom?

It is important that the response you give to the job interview question is truthful, relevant to the position, and shows value to the school district. The following could be a possible answer… or it may provide some ideas for you to tailor your response:

Before the beginning of the school year, I will plan out the year’s schedule by deciding what and when topics will be taught. Planning is an essential part of effective teaching and one of the biggest factors for student success.

To determine what should be taught, I will need to know the state standards, the grade benchmarks for the state/district, and the curriculum outline, which I will need to follow. I will also need to know what type of student population I will be teaching to reach them effectively.

Since students are the intended audience for the curriculum, I need to have some general information about the students’ nature I will be teaching to develop a comprehensive curriculum.

For instance, if I have a large number of students with learning disabilities or performing below grade level, I will need to address their learning needs in what I teach.

The state standards and learning benchmarks will serve as a starting point and guideline for teaching. Once I know what needs to be covered in each area and where students should be by the end of the year and by the end of each unit.

I can then begin to plan out my lessons in more detail. Once I meet my students and perform pre-assessments, I will know better where they are starting from and re-align my curriculum to suit their learning levels.

Do you need help preparing for your next teacher interview?