Please tell us more about your experience with teaching.

 

A teacher is carrying books in her hands. We can see the globe, the blackboard, and the desks in the background. She is in a classroom.

We have read your resume, and we know what you have done before applying for this job. But we will still ask about your experience, to see whether you talk positively or negatively about teaching, about your former colleagues and superiors, about your own experience. We also want to see if you idealize this job, or if you see it realistically, with all good and bad that belongs to a job of a teacher.

 

Talk about your practice

In every first world country, teachers have a chance (and often an obligation) to teach before completing their studies. It doesn’t matter whether you taught in a teaching practice, residency program, or worked as an assistant teacher before – in all instances, you have something to talk about in an interview.

Recall the experience briefly, and summarize the lessons you learned along the way. It doesn’t matter how difficult, or easy it was for you, you should focus on the good things in your interview answer. The same applies to seasoned teachers. If you have years of experience under your belt, try to speak about those years with love. We should not get the feeling that teaching bores you, that you do not enjoy it anymore.

 

Sample Answers

I spent one year at Boston Teacher Residency. I taught alongside older professionals. I must say I really enjoyed this experience and learned a lot from the other teachers. Every day was different, and I felt like understanding each student better and better, as we progressed in the program. This experience helped me to understand that teaching was a right choice for my career, and now I am motivated to teach alone, and to put into practice everything I learned at BTR.

I taught at elementary school for three months, during the last year at the college. It was difficult at first, as I found it hard to cope with the discipline issues in the classroom. However, after few weeks I found my ground, and I learned what worked with the students, and how to keep the discipline at a reasonable level. It was an extraordinary time, and to be honest, I still miss the children.

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