Classroom Management interview questions
Classroom management questions demonstrate teacher preparation.
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Answering classroom-management questions during a teaching job interview can be difficult. This is especially true if you are new teacher or one with limited experience in your own classroom. According to the New Jersey Teacher Education Association, beginning teachers cite classroom management techniques as their number one concern when entering the classroom for the first time. Studying sample classroom-management questions and preparing possible answers is an effective way to plan for the classroom-management section of your job interview.
Your unique philosophy as a teacher will inform your classroom management plan on a daily basis. Discussing your overall philosophy should be the first part of your answer when responding to the classroom management question. Your philosophy of classroom management should include your teaching style, in what type of environment you are most comfortable teaching, and how you feel communication between the teacher and student should be approached. Tailor your answers in this area to reflect the grade level for which you are interviewing, as teacher/student communication and relationships evolve as children get older.
Part of your classroom management strategy includes how you plan to arrange your classroom. Classroom arrangements are usually a combination of how the teacher likes to teach and how her students like to learn. Answering questions about your classroom arrangement plans in a job interview should reflect your awareness that a preliminary plan can and should change after the first few weeks of school once you get to know your students better. By showing you understand that each group of students is unique and you are prepared to adjust to meet those needs, you demonstrate a willingness to evolve and grow as a teacher while keeping to a plan that highlights your teaching strengths.
How you would deal with disruptive students in your classroom is one of the most important classroom-management questions you will hear at a job interview. The reason is simple: minimizing disruptions from students and dealing with them in direct and appropriate ways cuts down on lost instruction time and improves learning for all. Having a plan, even if you have not yet had to implement it, shows your interviewer that you are prepared for a variety of situations. Structure your response by talking about the type of classroom environment you plan to have and how that will minimize opportunities for disruption, as well as your long-term and short-term behavior modification plans, and how you will reinforce positive behaviors in your classroom.
Mainstreaming special education students for at least part of the school day is a part of public education systems throughout the country. Demonstrating how you would accommodate special education students in your classroom as a part of your classroom-management strategy shows your commitment to learners of every ability level. When asked the question of how you will meet the needs of exceptional students, structure your answer to show your understanding of federal laws concerning special needs children and the types of evaluations and services to which they are entitled. Give examples of different learning styles and how you would accommodate those in your lesson plans. Finally, include information that shows you understand your role as part of a team that includes special education teachers, parents, support staff, administrators and guidance counselors.