What do you enjoy most about working with young people?
A: I particularly enjoy their natural sense of curiosity – the way they ask questions, the way they pose problems, and the ways in which they look at the world. One of the most powerful books I read recently was “Mindset” by Carol Dweck. In that book she talks about how everyone has one of two mindsets - “Growth” or “Fixed.” Her research showed that mindset unfolds in childhood and ultimately drives every aspect of our lives. In addition, she showed how creative geniuses in all fields - music, literature, science, sports, business - apply the growth mindset - that eternal sense of curiosity - to achieve results. Even more important, Dweck demonstrated how we can change our mindset at any stage of life to achieve true success and fulfillment. I want to foster, promote, and stimulate that growth mindset in my classroom – a classroom that promotes, supports, and enhances curiosity ultimately leading to academic and personal success.
Here’s a question where your passion for teaching will come through – either loud and clear…or soft and indistinct. Let the interviewer know you are in it for the kids…and not for anything else.