Why did you want to be a science teacher? Do you know how to answer this teacher interview question?
It is important 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:
Interviewers could ask you this question to be sure you are passionate about teaching science and you have clear reasons for choosing education and you can articulate them clearly.
People find different reasons and rewards for becoming teachers. There is no wrong reason for deciding to become a science teacher, as long as your reason results in you being a passionate and knowledgeable teacher who loves their students.
Someone might teach because they find fulfillment in sharing their knowledge of a subject to an eager new audience. They might teach because they love the interaction with students and they like to see the signs of understanding that appears on a student’s face.
Another reason to teach could be a dedication to the science field. Teaching science to others is a natural way to further their interest in it while getting others to love the area of study.
Or, someone might choose to become a teacher because they were inspired by a teacher they had growing up, which made them want to be that kind of teacher to a new generation of students. Ultimately, most decide to teach because they want to make a difference in the world by making a difference in a child’s life.
If your reason for becoming a Science teacher happens to be in this list, then that’s great. You can use that example to help form your answer. However, your answer should also not all be framed around yourself and your hopes and dreams as an educator.
When this question is asked in an interview, the interviewer is trying to determine what kind of educator you are, if you are passionate about science, and how this will affect their students.
Phrase your answer to what students need in a science teacher instead of why you want to be a teacher. End your answer with how your thirst for knowledge, love of discovering creative teaching strategies, and passion for science will help students to learn and achieve at higher rates.
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