Former 4th & 5th Grade ELAR Educator at Dallas Independent School District
over 1 year ago
Research common elementary teacher job interview and questions online. There are many websites online that provide you with the most common (and difficult) questions asked during a teacher interview.
Know your content and educational terminology. Administration wants to feel confident you understand the content you’re teaching and that you’re updated on current educational trends.
Be prepared to talk about your educational philosophy and your classroom management system. I strongly recommend reading The Classroom Management Book by Harry Wong and Rosemary T. Wong if you need help creating one.
Research the school. Each school is an individual in their district, so learn what programs the school participates in. Principals want people who are genuinely interested in the campus.
Bring your portfolio! Including lesson plans you've written, awards, and certificates.
Control body language and tone. Body language often communicates more than our words. Make sure your posture is confident, strong, and you manage your vocal tones. Aim for a relaxed, conversational tone.
Practice at home in front of a mirror, a friend or family member. Alternatively, you can just record yourself and playback the footage. Practice just enough to feel comfortable.