How do you determine a students attitudes and feelings?

I am preparing for my first teaching interview and have a book that has typical interview questions in it. This one has me stumped and the only thing I can think of is getting to know my students better and maybe giving an anonymous survey about what the students like/dislike, what they are struggling with, and what they feel like they have a good handle on. Any other ideas would be great. Thanks!

1 Answer

  • You need multiple approaches.

    Your idea about surveys is good. Most teachers spend the first few weeks figuring out who they have in their classrooms. we use ice breaker activities, forms and surveys, we informally talk to them about their likes and dislikes, we give choice in activities, we vary our lessons to see strengths of different students...see example below..

    At the start of every year - within the first week - I always make sure to assign something written, something that asks for calculating and something that allows the student to be creative. This initial set of three allows me to see various strengths right off.

    Finally - for any of those type of interview questions - you should never have one single answer that you claim works always.. kids are different and nothing works on every one of them. A better answer is to always give a few example activities that would answer the question, but then go into the reason you plan the way you do.

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