Why weren’t your grades better?
A: I had a great educational experience. I learned a lot while in college – not only about the art of teaching, but also about myself. I learned that if you want to succeed you need to devote yourself 100% all the time. When I first got to college I was overwhelmed by all the requirements, all the responsibilities, and all the activities on and off campus. I got involved in lots of clubs, lots of organizations, and lots of extra-curricular activities. As a result, my grades suffered during my first two years. It was only when I was enrolled in my teacher-preparation courses that I realized that I would need to buckle down and commit myself 100% to my chosen profession.
Whatever you do – don’t make excuses when answering this question. Always take responsibility for your actions (or inactions). Don’t try to bluff your way out of this question – the interviewer probably has seen your transcript and knows exactly what your GPA is. Own up to your mistakes, take responsibility, and show how you have grown as a result. Never get defensive or place blame.