Many teacher job interview questions revolve around teaching methods and they will optimize student learning in your classroom.
I am sure you know, the resume and cover letter may get the interview, but the best-prepared interview will and the position. Practice is critical.
The two following teacher job interview questions centered on student engagement are examples of the types of questions you might be asked at your next interview.
What methods do you use to inspire students to be active in learning?
I am consistently striving for my students to engage in active learning. I utilize a variety of active learning methods to encourage students to engage in hands-on learning experiences. These methods include brainstorming, mind mapping, case studies, role-playing, simulations, problem-based learning, collective problem solving, and student creative construction, among others.
Brainstorming, mind mapping, and collective problem solving all serve to get students actively thinking and contributing ideas, and recording a variety of possible solutions. As with mind mapping, students write down a central idea and then think up new and related ideas which radiate out from the central idea. And collective problem solving is focused on rethinking the nature of the problem itself.
Student created construction is fabulous because it gets students to develop a creative project to convey some themes. Students produce an artistic product either individually or collaboratively. Through creative expression, students approach the material more efficiently and reflectively.
Case studies and problem-based learning allows students to analyze a particular case or problem that is used as a basis for the application of knowledge and concluding similar situations. These tasks are often based on real-world scenarios and environments and are designed to foster the transfer of learning to real-world situations that the learners may encounter in their futures.
In role-playing and simulations, I provide either real or imaginary context along with a range of relevant characters/functions. Students then improvise dramatic interactions among their characters which brings the events of scenarios to life.
How do you make learning fun? Provide an example.
When learning is fun, it is more meaningful and enjoyable. Making learning fun will help students to remain attentive and will keep them motivated. An unmotivated student will not be willing to learn. Fun activities are great ways of helping students learn for many reasons. Aside from making learning fun, they help students relax, break down the emotional filter, and focus in the classroom.
I try to make learning fun by incorporating many creative and engaging activities throughout my lessons and by utilizing a variety of teaching methods to reach all learners. When beginning a new topic or unit to teach, I try to plan so students will become immersed in the subject.
For instance, I decorate my classroom related to the theme I am teaching, such as dinosaurs. I start off a topic or unit by playing an entertaining DVD related to the topic. I incorporate group projects where students have to work together to develop something related to the content.
I try to utilize a variety of learning materials to compliment my teaching. Apart from textbooks, I count on numerous sources for making my class fun: newspaper articles, audio texts, role-play activities, films, music, educational games, group work, experiments, field trips, guest speakers, and quiz games.
Challenging students by providing dynamic, hands-on activities that require critical thinking skills such as problem-solving, riddles, or reading comprehension questions works fabulously. I will sometimes allow these activities to be performed in groups, allowing more interaction between students. Using student question and answer sessions are excellent to optimize students learning.
Finally, enabling students to utilize their imaginations actively will always be fun for them. I engage my students in role-playing, creating stories, theater productions, and computer-based creative simulations.
If you would like to prepare yourself further for the job interview to land an offer, check out the resources written by Candace Alstad – Davies with 16+ years experience helping teachers prepare for job interviews.