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Posted on March 9, 2015 3:53 pm
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ezeDeZ
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Switching Districts
I am currently working for a district that is 40 minutes away from my house. I plan on applying for an elementary position with the district that I live in. I am a little nervous about going through the interview process once again. What are the most commonly asked questions that I should prepare for?
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 9, 2015 5:19 pm

ZutyMa
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I would definitely be able to answer a question regarding how you would differentiate in your classroom. Differentiation is a HUGE part of TKES so schools are pushing it. Also have a teaching philosophy ready, as well as a classroom management plan. These are the big questions asked when I sit in on interviews at my school.
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Candace
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Classroom management!! For my district, they focus on collaborative planning and grading. I would be ready to discuss how you work at team and as a leader.
  Posted on: March 10, 2015 2:58 pm

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Posted March 10, 2015 1:08 am

Getube
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I just switched districts this year. They asked me about differentiation, dealing with students and parents, working collaboratively and grading policy. They asked me when does a student deserve a zero, knowing they had a no zero policy I kind of had a head start on that question. I would try to find someone you know that either teaches there or has a student at the school and ask then about policies and mission statements.
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Candace
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How did you let your current school know that you are looking for another job? I am signed an intent form to stay where I am but I would like to be at the school district that is closer to my home but I am nervous about telling my current school district that.
  Posted on: March 10, 2015 3:00 pm

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Posted March 10, 2015 12:08 am

Jonelle J
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I know your post involves commonly asked questions, but I was in your situation last year when I made a similar switch, so am offering simple suggestions. I researched the new school: administration (including pictures so I knew who I would be speaking to), the similarities and differences in the schools, including state test scores (specifically math because that is my content area), demographics, etc. which can usually be found on the website. Additionally, I gathered artifacts that highlighted my performance at the other school like awards, sample lesson plans, student letters, etc. Though I have only been in about a handful of interviews, I have been asked actual content questions several times. Ultimately, I think a large portion of the interview depends upon the grade level and the personalities of the people in the room. Take a deep breath, be confident and don't be afraid to highlight your previous successes.
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uzyXuV
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Those a great useful tips.
  Posted on: October 18, 2015 1:34 am

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Posted March 15, 2015 7:32 pm

yTenyV
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In a recent interview, I was asked several questions about technology. The county that I was in had little access to technology, so I was unable to answer many answers and I feel that cost me. As a result, I have learned basics like Edmodo so that next time I am prepared. They also asked me a lot about differentiation for advanced and gifted students.
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Posted March 9, 2015 9:42 pm

yPyhaN
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I am a first year teacher and so I am fairly familiar with the interview process. One of the most common questions I was asked was, "Describe a typical day in your classroom." With this response I always mentioned how I assessed (informally and formally), differentiated, and ways in which you try to connect with your students.
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Candace
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That is great!! assessing is so important! Also, how you use the data to guide the instruction
  Posted on: March 10, 2015 2:57 pm

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Posted March 10, 2015 2:59 pm

Candace
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Classroom management!! For my district, they focus on collaborative planning and grading. I would be ready to discuss how you work at team and as a leader.
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Posted March 15, 2015 4:30 pm

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Be sure you know your teaching philosophy. That was the first question I was asked. If you google elementary school interview questions there are a lot of great questions that you can prepare for. Here is the link to the one I found more helpful...http://www.kellybear.com/TeacherArticles/TeacherTip76.html there are also a few links that give you tips.
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Posted March 15, 2015 6:44 pm

eRaTaW
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I have been through a wide variety of interviews in many different occupations. The first universal question is always, "tell us your name and a little bit about yourself." Take this opportunity to talk about the following: birth place, family, education, hobbies/interests, community service project(s), religious beliefs, and prior work experiences that influenced your career decisions or teaching practices. The follow up question will likely be "why are you wanting to transfer schools?" As a fellow educator that also commutes 45+ minutes a day, I certainly understand the desire/need to be closer to your home. My advice is to be honest, that is a respectable/logical reason for wanting to transfer districts.
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Posted October 11, 2015 7:39 pm

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I was asked a lot about using data to inform my practices, which requires a lot of understanding about formative assessments for remediation and enrichment. Teaching these days is becoming a more individualized focus because obviously students need individual things. I would definitely talk about how you would use data to inform your instructional strategies. Think of what types of things you would do to help students who were struggling with a concept. Also, with new state-wide testing that requires students to write, be prepared to discuss how you're going to incorporate writing into your curriculum, especially if you aren't interviewing for an ELA position.
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Posted October 13, 2015 2:27 am

yHaReH
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Be prepared and knowledgable about the school you are interviewing for. Know who the students are and how the school runs and that will be super helpful. Be prepared with any questions that you may have and be excited!
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I would certainly be prepared to talk about Parent Communication and how you will stay in touch with your parents.
  Posted on: October 16, 2015 6:32 pm

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Posted October 16, 2015 6:33 pm

Hudyja
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For me, I have always been asked about parent communication. What will use? Emails, newsletters, Remind 101, etc. How will you handle an irate parent? How will you handle telling a parent about a behavior problem?
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