Interview Questions & Supporting Documents

Anticipated Questions (Probes) Supporting Documents
What is your educational philosophy? Article summaries or critiques
Anecdotal records
Essays
Letters to parents
Philosophy statement
What does an ideal classroom look like? Bulletin board ideas
Essays
Floor plans
Lesson plans
Letters to parents
Management and organization strategies
Observation reports
Pictures and photographs
Portfolios (student)
Projects (performance-based)
Seating arrangement diagrams
Teacher-made materials
Theme studies
Unit plans
How would you assess children's work? Assessments (formal and informal)
Case studies
Interviews with students, teachers, parents
Lesson plans
Portfolios (student)
Problem-solving logs
Projects (performance-based)
How do you work with parents and other members of the community? Community resources documents
Field trip plans
Interviews with students, teachers, parents
Letters to parents
Problem-solving logs
Professional organizations and committees list
Projects
Volunteer experience descriptions
How would you handle discipline problems?
How would you manage your classroom?
What kinds of managment strategies do you like to use?
Classroom management philosophy
Cooperative learning strategies
Field trip plans
Floor plans
Journals
Letters to parents
Management and organization strategies
Observation reports
Pictures and photographs
Problem-solving logs
References
Rules and procedures descriptions
Schedules
Seating arrangement diagrams
Student contracts
Explain what you know about using technology in the classroom. Computer programs
Media competencies
Projects
References
What kinds of instructional strategies do you use?
When?
How well do they work?
Curriculum plans
Evaluations
Lesson plans
Observation reports
Peer critiques
Pictures and photographs
Projects
References
Teacher-made materials
Theme studies
Unit plans
How do you meet individual needs in the classroom? Individualized plans
Interviews with students, teachers, parents
Journals
Lesson plans
Portfolios (student)
Problem-solving logs
References
Student contracts
What textbooks and other resources have you used in the classroom?
How do they compare to others?
Curriculum plans
Projects
Theme studies
Unit plans
What are your strengths?
What is your greatest weakness?
Awards/certificates
Evaluations
Goal statements
Letters to parents
Media competencies
Peer critiques
Problem-solving logs
Professional organizations and committees list
References
Self-assessment instruments
Transcripts
Volunteer experience descriptions
Work experience descriptions
How well can you work with other people? Community resources documents
Evaluations
Field trip plans
Letters to parents
Peer critiques
Professional organizations and committees list
Projects
References
Volunteer experience descriptions
Work experience descriptions
Tell me about yourself. Awards/certificates
Essays
Goal statements
Letters to parents
Peer critiques
Self-assessment instruments
Subscriptions
Transcripts
Do you plan to go back to college for an advanced degree?
What do you do to keep yourself up-to-date?
Meetings and workshops log
Professional development plan
Professional organizations and committees list
Professional readings list
Self-assessment instruments
Subscriptions
What work gives you the most pride? A great variety of documents is possible; this depends on your value judgment.
What did your supervisors say about your work? Awards/certificates
Evaluations
References
Volunteer experience descriptions
Work experience descriptions
What do people appreciate about you? Evaluations
Peer critiques
References
Volunteer experience descriptions
Work experience descriptions
What are your goals? Goal statements
Philosophy statement
Professional development plans
Self-assessment instruments
What is your favorite subject or topic to teach?
Why?
Article summaries or critiques
Awards/certificates
Computer programs
Essays
Journals
Meetings and workshops log
Philosophy statement
Pictures and photographs
Professional readings list
Research papers
Self-assessment instruments
Subscriptions
Transcripts
What is your greatest career or academic achievement? Awards/certificates
Evaluations
Journals
Peer critiques
Pictures and photographs
References


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Excerpted from How to Develop a Professional Portfolio, by Campbell, Cignetti, Melenyzer, Nettles, Wyman


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