Do you know how you will answer this teacher interview question: Why are you interested in teaching in an urban school?
How have you demonstrated this interest in the past?
Here are some ideas to help you form a strong response.
Schools in large urban centers are places where teachers are faced with a plethora of challenges that range from poverty, violence, cultural diversity, and a multitude of languages.
Successful teaching in these low-income, urban, multicultural schools is different from teaching in suburban settings, which have more homogeneous student populations, more parental support, and more stable student populations.
Students in urban schools need dedicated teachers who respect children and youth, who actually believe they can and will learn if properly taught, and understand the types of homes and cultures from which the children come.
Minority students need teachers who inspire them, who have a rapport with them, who have high expectations of them, and who can provide students with supportive environments which bolster their confidence. These teachers need to communicate with the parents, modify the curriculum where needed, and have the skills and the time to talk with students about life and its problems.
If you are applying to teach in an urban environment, you need to want to teach in such an environment. This is your chance to show your passion for making a difference in the lives of students who most need it. Tie your career goals into your answer, if this applies.
As far as demonstrating your interest in urban teaching in the past, if you have related teaching experiences in urban environments, this would be the place to describe those experiences and what you accomplished with those student bodies.
If you have demonstrated a commitment to urban issues through volunteer initiatives and community activities, then describe those as well. These experiences will point to your commitment to and enthusiasm about these issues.
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