An interview should be considered an experience more than anything else – even if an interview isn’t successful for you, it will teach you a lot about how one is conducted, and what not to do the next time around.
Each interview process is developed to determine one thing – how much does the interviewer weigh in terms of experience, skills and confidence. If you can satisfy a hiring manager on these three accounts, you are as good as hired.
Preparing for elementary teacher interview involves a lot of effort. You need to analyze your abilities first and then decide how they relate to what the hiring manager is looking for in an employee. And then practice eliciting this information to him or her, face to face. Here are some interview questions and answers that you can look through to determine what you may be asked:
Elementary Teacher Interview Questions and Answers
Why did you choose elementary teaching profession?
I enjoy developing young minds. Being a lively person I like to devise fun activities for kids. I am myself a mother of two and therefore understand the needs, problems and requirements of kids. It gives me a sense of completeness and satisfaction to pass knowledge to the younger generation.
I believe that professions choose people and not the other way around. I have always loved teaching and decided to peruse a career in it when it was time for me to educate myself on a professional level. Teaching comes naturally to me and I find working with children soul satisfying.
What type of duties have you performed while working as an elementary teacher in the past?
Assisting school management in developing and implementing elementary school curriculum, developing lesson plans, imparting education, assessing student progress, and managing classroom behavior are just some of the main duties that I have performed in the role of an elementary teacher.
Tell us about your skills.
I am an experienced elementary teacher, with demonstrated expertise in creating and implementing individualized lesson plans, to meet each student’s specific learning needs. In addition to this, I am exceptionally talented in devising novel methods to impart education so that lessons do not become boring. Also, I am exceptionally well-versed in handling challenging classroom behavior, ensuring the physical and emotional wellbeing of all children under my care.
What is the one thing that you would change about the current educational system within which you are working?
I believe that our current education is too concentrated on the rote system. While I do believe that memorizing concepts is important, it is also imperative to get children to think about wider possibilities that come with activities-based learning. I would incorporate activities-based teaching methods into the current educational system.
What is an IEP? Have you ever developed one?
IEP stands for individualized education plan. Yes I devise IEPs in routine for students who need them and also give extra time if needed to implement the same.
How do you ensure proper communication with parents?
There are three main communication channels with the parents. One is through parental conferences, other through daily written diaries that I send home and third is through the weekly and monthly progress reports issued to the parents. I also call the parents for an additional meeting whenever the need arises.
Name three traits that qualify you as a good elementary school teacher?
Patience, empathy and vigilance.
What has been your biggest achievement in this role?
Last year, I was successful in convincing the school board to incorporate activities-based learning into the curriculum. This has been my biggest feat as there is no other school in the county that is doing this, and it has made a great impact on how children learn standard and complex elementary concepts.
What kind of teaching aids do you use?
This is the world of IT so I take full advantage of modern technologies. I utilize the web to create slideshows that facilitate learning. For AV aids I use pictures, newspapers, charts, realia and flashcards. However the use of internet for exploration and learning is the most common tool in my classroom that assists me in teaching.
What is the role of an elementary school teacher in a child’s life?
A teacher is a role model for students and at elementary level students look up to their teacher as a guide and mentor. She must be a kind and caring person. Her behavior must be fraternal. She should be a good communicator and give clear instructions and guidance to her students.
Have you ever faced any discipline problem in your class? If yes, how did you tackle it?
In my early career there were two students in my class who were attention seekers and created trouble during class. I first met their parents and took their background history. Then I gave them special attention in class by always appreciating them and involving them as leaders in specific activities. This helped in developing a positive relationship with them and brought a positive change in their behavior as well.
How do you assess and evaluate the performance of your students?
I basically use three tools to monitor the achievement level of my students and these are:
– Classroom observations
– Maintaining separate portfolios of each student
– Designing and devising graphs showing their level of achievement
As an educationist, what are your 5 year future plans?
Within the next 5 years, I hope to be working as part of the federal educational board, creating and implementing policies and procedures to improve the education system.