How would you describe the ideal teacher?
A: The ideal teacher is someone who embraces and practices several standards of good teaching. While there are many standards, I believe that three are critical and necessary for good teaching to take place. These include 1) The ideal teacher understands how children learn and can develop learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, and personal development. 2) The ideal teacher uses an understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self motivation. And, 3) The ideal teacher understands and uses formal and informal assessment strategies that ensure the continuous intellectual development of all learners. While these are certainly not the only standards good teachers should practice, I believe them to be three of the most important.
This is a question you’re likely to be asked near the beginning of the interview. Then, the interviewer will try to determine (throughout the remainder of the interview) if, indeed, you are the candidate who best exemplifies these ideals. It’s equally important that you know what good teachers do (and how you would embrace that philosophy) in response to those concepts.