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Lead Teacher Interview Questions

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  1. What rules do you enforce in your classroom to ensure proper behavior? See answer
  2. How do you ensure that activities you use in the classroom promote physical, mental and social development? See answer
  3. How do you communicate with the families of your students and maintain good parent-teacher relations? See answer
  4. What ages have you taught as a lead teacher? See answer
  5. Teachers have to occasionally meet with angry parents. How do you resolve an issue with an unhappy parent? See answer
  6. Tell me about contemporary challenges confronting students and how to solve them. See answer
  7. What motivated you to become a teacher and why do you enjoy working with children?
  8. Describe your teaching style or philosophy.
  9. How would you create a lesson plan?
  10. Do you have any experience with curriculum development?
  11. What strategies do you use to motivate your students?
  12. From your perspective, what teaching traditions do you think are outdated and should be replaced with more innovative alternatives?
  13. Do you have any experience working with children who have special needs or disabilities?
  14. What unique skills and experience will you bring to our school to improve learning and mental development of the students?
  15. How do you enhance students’ literacy, especially for members of the class who speak English as a second language?
  16. What’s your take on project-based and collaborative learning?
  17. How do you get parents and guardians to contribute to their child’s education?
  18. What is the role of technology in education?
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6 Lead Teacher Interview Questions and Answers

Q:

What rules do you enforce in your classroom to ensure proper behavior?

A:

There must always be a set of rules for behavior to ensure that the students remain cooperative with the teacher’s expectations. The applicant’s answer to this question can help you gauge what rules they find essential in their room and how well their values align with your school’s. What to look for in an answer:

  • Understanding of the importance of classroom rules
  • Experience disciplining children who break any rules
  • Interpersonal skills
Example:

“My three main rules include no bullying, no physical or verbal fighting, and no talking during nap time. I always mention these three because I regularly have to discipline friends fighting or a child bullying another student. “

Q:

How do you ensure that activities you use in the classroom promote physical, mental and social development?

A:

Lead teachers have to come up with a plethora of lesson plans for their students to ensure that children are continuing to develop physically, mentally and socially. Focus on what types of learning styles the applicant prefers to use as some can cover all the aspects mentioned. The ideal candidate will have experience working a diverse group of students and the ability to turn any subject into a mentally stimulating activity. What to look for in an answer:

  • Excellent knowledge of child development and the latest education practices.
  • Experience working with a diverse group of students
  • Ability to keep their class motivated to learn
Example:

“In my last position, I always researched how the activities I used impacted my students. I enjoy using grouping game-show activities to allow my students to socialize and mentally develop while also being mildly active.”

Q:

How do you communicate with the families of your students and maintain good parent-teacher relations?

A:

Schools require teachers to communicate with families for various reasons. Focus on how the applicant reaches out to parents along with what types of situations resulted in the teacher needing to communicate with them. How does the candidate communicate with parents who speak other languages? What to look for in an answer:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to speak more than one language
  • Experience chatting with parents in person, through letters, over the phone and by email
Example:

“I typically prefer speaking with parents in person; however, I always write letters first that I require parents to sign. I speak English and Spanish fluently, which allows me to communicate easily with many families.”

Q:

What ages have you taught as a lead teacher?

A:

Classrooms are often broken up by age groups. The applicant’s answer to this question will allow you to gauge how much experience they have with specific age groups and the types of activities they are familiar with using. What to look for in an answer:

  • Level of expertise as a lead teacher
  • Awareness of different activities depending on the age group
  • Experience working with an age group that the school has an opening for
Example:

“I have eight years of experience working as a lead teacher in age groups ranging from infants to 10 year olds. I enjoy working with older children because they can grasp more complex ideas in math and science.”

Q:

Teachers have to occasionally meet with angry parents. How do you resolve an issue with an unhappy parent?

A:

It is quite common to have an unhappy parent in the classroom from time to time. The ideal candidate will determine the issue, calm the parent and resolve the problem as quickly as possible. The applicant’s answer will tell you how well they perform in stressful situations and their ability to remain unbiased in any situation. What to look for in an answer:

  • Patient and personable attitude
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Humility and open-mindedness
Example:

“In my last class, a parent was upset because another parent took the role of room parent. I had a meeting with both parents stating that I needed two room parents to ensure that they both remained happy. “

Q:

Tell me about contemporary challenges confronting students and how to solve them.

A:

Lead teachers not only teach but also identify learning challenges facing students to help them learn more effectively. This question can help interviewers identify candidates who have a deep understanding of the learning environment and how to optimize it for better instruction and knowledge acquisition. A skilled lead teacher candidate should know how to identify challenges facing students and proffer solutions. The candidate's answer should emphasize:

  • An up-to-date understanding of students' challenges
  • Ability to create a plan to address the issues
  • Good classroom management skills
Example:

“Students have a lot of distractions that make learning more difficult. To help my students, I first identify their needs. After discovering students' needs, I develop strategies to strengthen their executive function skills. Then I create personalized instruction plans to help individual students learn more effectively and succeed at their academics.”

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