If there’s one thing the Pasty-White Lumberjack (PWL) knows, it’s what NOT to say during an interview. A set of commonly-asked interview questions is listed below, along with the kind of responses you’ll definitely want to avoid. (Unless you’re related to someone important.)
Why did you decide to become a teacher? Process of elimination. I’ve tried other things and didn’t care for them, and teaching has always looked pretty easy.
What is your educational philosophy? I look at education the same way I look at a bait pile. I’m going to put the stuff out there, and whoever wants to partake, bring it on.
It is the first day of class, you are writing something on the board and a paper wad hits you in the back, what would you do? Later the same day, if all the students drop their pencils, what do you do? I’d find out who did it by saying, “No one is leaving this room until somebody fesses up.” If all the kids did something like dropping a pencil, I’d hold them all in for recess, give them all extra work, maybe even make them write, “I will not drop pencils in class.” a thousand times.
What are your strengths? What are your weaknesses? I’ll be honest…just about everything I do is good stuff, no real weaknesses here, unless you consider the fact that my sweet skills tend to rub people the wrong way, which I would consider to be a weakness for them.
If a student said she thought you were the worst teacher she ever had, what would you say? Good.
How can you tell that a person is a good listener? I’m sorry…what did you say?