Friday, January 7, 2011

What do you want to achieve as a teacher?

     Q:  What do you want to achieve as a teacher?
     A:   I want my students to achieve.  I want them to achieve to the best of their abilities.  I want them to be successful, not just in mathematics, but in life.  I want them to see how math touches every aspect of our lives – how it helps us solve problems, tackle difficult assignments, and think more clearly.  I want to be more than just a math teacher – I want to be someone who motivates, models, and inspires; someone who makes a difference in both mathematics as well as everyday life.

State your philosophy clearly and succinctly.  This is a question that taps into your true reasons for teaching – it reveals whether you’ve given thought to your future, your educational and career goals, and your aspirations.  Don’t hedge on this one – plan it out ahead of time.  It will definitely come up in one form or another.