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TnT 13 Rick Mohrien’s reassuring interview advice for new teachers

One of the biggest fears that many brand new teachers have is that they won’t be hired due to their lack of experience. Rick Mohrien tells us what’s REALLY important to most principals and what beginning teachers should focus on for the interview.

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  1. Tell me your story, how did you end up here today wanting to be a teacher here at Winget Park?
  2. What’s the best lesson you ever taught, and tell me why it was the best lesson?
  3. It’s the first week of school, tell me what you’re doing to build relationships with your students.
  4. It’s the first week of school, tell me what you’re doing with your students’ families.
  5. How do you help yourself grow as a learner? What are some things you like to do to support your own professional growth outside the required professional development?

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TnT 12 Rob Fulk gets real about being honest in job interviews

When preparing for an interview, we’re often faced with the fear of the unknown. What if we don’t have an answer or know what the interviewer is talking about? Rob Fulk gives new teachers valuable and honest tips about how to handle these common interview situations.

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  1. What do you know about our school?
  2. What’s more important to education in the success of our students – tradition or innovation? Defend your answer.
  3. What perspectives outside of a Euro-centric curriculum can you bring to our classrooms?
  4. Can you give me specific examples in an ELA classroom of literature you would bring in from a non-Euro perspective?
  5. What specific supports are you going to need to be successful in our building?
  6. What are your expectations of a team/PLC, and how do you uphold your expectations of your team/PLC?

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TnT 11 Scott Schwartz explains the advantages of using data for hiring

Hiring new teachers based on a resume and a gut feeling during an interview can sometimes result in someone who is a wrong fit for the school. Scott Schwartz describes the meticulous process his district uses to hire a great teacher every time, as well as the implications for teachers interested in working there.

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  1. Tell me about a difficult circumstance that you handled, what action did you take, and what were the results?
  2. What is the difference between a good teacher and a great teacher?
  3. A student in your class consistently causes disruptions. Explain the steps you take to help the child and maintain your positive classroom environment.
  4. Do you believe that placing a zero in the grade book teaches responsibility?
  5. Describe your understanding of what a standards-based learning environment looks like.

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TnT 10 Asia Cunningham gives epic job interview tips

As a new teacher, your advisors in your credentialing program probably gave you some interviewing advice and practice questions. While these are helpful, it’s definitely even more valuable to hear from someone on a hiring committee and know exactly what types of answers they’re looking for. Asia Cunningham not only shares with us some of the more common interview questions but also gives advice on what types of answers you should prepare.

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  1. Tell me about you and your teaching experience with your cooperating teacher.
  2. Tell me about how you empower students to become involved in their learning process in the classroom.
  3. As a teacher, how do you build relationships equitably with all the students in your environment so that they’re able to demonstrate mastery and reach their maximum potential?
  4. What is a typical day in your literacy classroom look like?
  5. Tell me what you do in terms of your students that are unmotivated. What does that look like?
  6. How do you ensure parental involvement in their learning process in your classroom?
  7. What ways are you a collaborative working colleague?

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TnT 9: James Moffett tells us how a teacher’s approach to classroom management can make or break an interview

A topic that many job-seeking teachers are asked about is classroom management. Every school has its own philosophy and mission in terms of behavior, but some take it a step further. James Moffett dives deep into how being a trauma-informed school is the best form of classroom management and how it influences his hiring decisions.

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James also conducts a mock interview with me and asks me questions that help him decide if a candidate would be a good fit for his school. 

  1. 20 years from now, how would you like your current students to remember you as a teacher?
  2. I want you to reflect on a situation where you were given criticism for an instructional or behavioral approach in your classroom. How did you handle that criticism and how did you use that criticism to improve your practice?
  3. If students had to pay admission to come to your classroom, what lesson have you found to be very engaging that makes them want to be there?
  4. Teaching can be stressful and it’s important to have a good sense of humor. Tell us a joke or a personal story that highlights your sense of humor
  5. Teachers are very passionate, so there’s going to be conflict at times especially when you’re collaborating with a grade level. If you and your grade-level team had some conflict, what steps would you take to overcome it?

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