Getting Hired: Teacher Interview (Elementary)



hi I'm Jeff McKenna nice to meet you nice to meet you actually may I take a look at your ma please so tell me a little bit actually why you decided to go into teaching why did you choose education as your career it started when I was a student I had teachers who really believed in me gave me that extra push and I believe that all students should receive that in addition to that if you look at national and international research it shows that our students of today are going to be the prominent leaders of tomorrow and I have to be a part of it that's awesome so as you're thinking about those kids that need a good role model they need a counselor that need a cheerleader and that needs you to be at their teacher what are some of the things that you're going to do in your classroom to ensure that all of your students are successful I believe it starts with parents having a great relationship with parents who knows their child better they raised them after that obviously I want to be someone that they feel they can approach they can talk to build a rapport with my students outside of the classroom and my student teaching experience and I had an opportunity to plan an outing just on a weekend they didn't have to see me in a classroom they just saw me as a regular person I love them to call me miss Ashley we had a wonderful time parents were also invited it was a great time for the parents to get to know each other get to know me get to know the other students that was going to be in the classroom so I do believe that giving the extra push starts with having relationships of parents awesome so when you're in your classroom and your kids are actively engaged and you're doing some informal assessment what are you going to do when you realize that kids aren't getting when you're realizing that some kids are struggling and other kids are doing pretty well on the concept and able to move on how do you handle that situation well that situation will make my job a lot easier to differentiate instruction it would be easy to see how to create my small flexible groups my homogeneous group this was my heterogeneous groups so I will be glad to have students who can show me obviously they're not getting it now in the classroom it's not going to be that easy and cut and dry to see who's getting it and who's not but in the situation that you described I think that one some way to figure out because you know my small boobs have you ever had a lesson that you planned out very thoroughly and had all of the components in place and an in theory it look really really well and it bombed and if you haven't you soon will all of teachers go through that master teachers we all put things together that sound good but when it comes time to actually implement them there are some things that that come up unexpectedly if you haven't had that experience and you do or if you had how do you deal with that throughout your instructional class period how do you deal with those things that might not go right I think that begins with great preparation if you go on to a lesson and it begins to fail or bomb and it doesn't seem like it's going in the right direction if you did your studying you know and you really prepared yourself for the lesson oh god I hope this doesn't take points away but we get I know what I'm teaching I know the objective I know the content standards that I'm trying to address so in all honesty I have had a lesson happen like that probably about two or three toward the beginning of my student teaching experience so it is a little hard to wing it with your new teacher I realize that but I was prepared I came in knowing what I wanted to do knowing the standards that I wanted to address so it made it really easy to kind of fall back into the pattern of what I was doing if I were to walk into your classroom on any given day generally tell me what would be going on what would you be doing typically what would the kids be doing I think you will definitely notice that is the students classroom I like to act as facilitator a lot of my lessons are inquiry based where I like to ask questions I don't like to give answers a lot of you see a lot of small grouping guys I really do believe in cooperative small groups everyone has different rules that switches depending on what I'm teaching also you will see me in a small group situation doing small flexible grouping as far as a math assessments go that goes back to differentiated instruction but other students are as sensors or doing independent work okay well my students who I noticed that was struggling through my more assessment as you mentioned earlier for those are going to be the children who you'll see with me you'll definitely see a lot of posters lots of reminders where it was because I believe in resourcefulness as I taught second grade in my student teaching experience eight-year-olds have a hard time in that's for sure really nice to have reminders on a lot they forgot had a Malta plan okay I have exactly the multiplication that's on the on the law well I'm very impressed with all of the different activities you've been involved in and all the volunteering that you've done from this wider range of things that you've done what's one or two of these things that probably have helped supplement what you have done at your University in what you have learned through student teaching I was involved in a program called host mentoring and that exposed me to a lot of different types of reading strategies it was a program basically to help underprivileged or underserved students bridge the gap they were saying it research shows that there is huge gap between poverty-stricken students and those who are affluent as I guess my job was to kind of bring it to a media or catch them up to where they should be so I was exposed to a lot of different methods I absolutely loved it excellent what's one thing that you probably learn the most as you were going through student teaching that's going to make you a better classroom teacher to take risk don't be afraid to go against the norm do what research shows if you do if you analyze the data you follow the trends keep abreast with great educators great educational reformers like margarita Rosa or Frederick Hess those the greats like those follow what they're doing because what they're doing is obviously working I think that's what I'll be able to bring to a classroom excellent well I one of the things that's important to our building principals is classroom management when you're designing your classroom management framework what are some of the non-negotiables that you're going to have in place zero tolerance for violence zero tolerance for you know name-calling or putting another child down but honestly when I do my rules I like the students to come up with the rules I'm just now going with the list that I would like for them to have and I typically find that they just use the rules that they had previous years and it's great because I get to say it was their idea they created it so no rules are broken or they have a consequence what's the consequence that they agreed upon actually so it makes it our class rules instead of just my rules well you're very impressive and one of the things that we're very fortunate to have is a lot of applicants but always just having a lot of applicants doesn't really mean you're going to get a great candidate so when we're looking at our candidates what's going to set you apart from the other people that we're going to interview later today and that we're going to interview the rest of this week I think the thing that will set me apart is I know that this school district has recently won the National Road pie prize that says you're the best I want to be the best there was no question about what school district I would be applying to so I think that makes the difference I came in here knowing that I was coming in to a stellar School District and I know I can meet that standard well I appreciate the compliment I appreciate you that you've done your research the most important thing that you can do now is if you haven't already done so complete your online application what we typically do at this point is get your information to our system and then I'm definitely going to pass your name along to our campuses and campuses will call you they'll have you come out for a campus interviewing at a campus interview you'll probably initially sit down with a building principal or assistant principal and then move on maybe to a group of teachers out there because their information and their feedback is critical to us finding the right piece of the puzzle that we need for our campuses so I thank you so much for your interest in our school district and I appreciate all of your enthusiasm and your interest in our school district thank you so much thank you for the opportunity Thanks

34 thoughts on “Getting Hired: Teacher Interview (Elementary)”

  1. It was awkward at first but it went on point afterwards and a stellar of a candidate, ur hired hehehehhehehehe

  2. 3:52 "…the student's classroom…" is precisely what is wrong in the American public classrooms today. The "patients" are running the asylum!

  3. idk how i got here but … lmfao

    It takes researchers to tell us our kids are going to be the leaders of the future lmfao it's common sense

  4. would you mind expaining me this question" which postition are you applying for with BAS? "

  5. I like it but this interview qustion is international level not useful for everybody ,just see simple school in india

  6. "International research says that the children of today will be the leaders of tomorrow"
    Lol what a ridiculous statement. Ya don't need research to tell ya that.

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  8. Some schools expect 3-5 years teaching experience for many open teaching jobs.  How do they expect students fresh out of school with only student teaching experience to get hired and be successful?  No wonder these student teacher types spew jargon and theories in their interviews as they have only had a 6 month practicum and some educational theory classes.  Maybe they should have the Master's in Ed. courses designed to put their students in the classroom right away rather than just for a short practicum.  Ed. grads need more nuts and bolts day to day classroom experience rather than just theoretical stuff. 

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  10. this makes me want to go sit in a corner and cry. i always get all sweaty and red and forget how to talk english. 

  11. Wow… How in the world… ok. I doubt I will ever get hired now. I interview like crap compared to this, yet people in the comments are still saying this is bad!?!?!?! I don't know how in the world this lady comes up with so much to say with only one sentenced questions! I am doomed. lol….

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