“Guys, can you please settle down?”
Oh the many, many, many, many words of a teacher. Either in rebuke, rebuttal, or praise it was such a wonder how they completed the job, and still do in fact. Can you believe that some of them stay in the position as teachers for 10, 20, 30 years plus without batting an eye.
So why in the hell do you want to be one?!
Not that the work is not rewarding, from what we’ve heard. But come on! Growling, hungry, and feral those little whipper snappers are a force to be reckoned with if you don’t have your underwear locked in a square.
Still interested? Okay…But if you go in that interview, we spoke to a couple of teachers who have a couple of things you should certainly be asking when you’re put on the spot of “Do you have any questions for me?”
- What is your school’s policy on a teacher’s planning period?
- You don’t want to be caught with your pants down trying to plan a lesson at the last minute because you’re not necessarily given that time. Or you have to make something half behind in your office while you eat lunch. Having a set time to plan out your kiddos day is integral to their learning experience and ultimately, your sanity.
- What’s the teacher retention rate here?
- If they come and leave just as quickly as they got there, find out why…teachers, people at any job will stay longer if they’re being taken care of.
- If need be, ask the other teachers. Sometimes an employer can tell you what you want to hear, like that campus tour guide you saw the other week. Speak to the actual people who work there on a daily basis. The longer they’ve been there, the more experience and understanding you can get about the position.
- How will you be evaluated as a teacher and who does the evaluations?
- You want to know who will be having the final say so in your job security. Is it going to be a group of your peers, your boss, or even the very children you’re teaching?
- What support(s) are available for new teachers?
- As a new teacher, you may be just getting your feet wet. You may not even know how to proceed, especially with confidence, so who can you turn to if you’re having issues in the classroom? Will there be room to speak to someone about your issues or to comment constructively on your work to help you become a better teacher? Mentorship programs?
- Is there room for professional development? What tools, workshops, meetings, or time do we get to invest in ourselves as teachers?
- After you get the job, how are you getting better? There are new ideas coming out each day, and it helps to continue to grow in knowledge just as your students. Ask if they have tools to help accommodate your increase in knowledge while you teach there and how you can access them.
- Am I able to go back to school to further my education and if so, will it be funded by the school if I choose to go back?
- Knowing whether or not the boost in pay, as well as, the option to be funded to go back to school is certainly a great way to gauge if the work is worth it. If your school won’t pay, consider going back to school before you take the job. Or you can ask the hard question of, “is that extra money worth it right now?”
- What is the school’s policies on discipline, correction, or redirection for students who do not follow the rules?
- No one likes to do it, but somebody has to when it comes to keeping order in the classroom. Find out how your school of interest handles misbehaving students.
- If I have an issue with a student, and have corrected them according to school policy, by sending them to the principal’s office for example, will the the higher administration adhere to the original correction issued by myself as a teacher?
- You don’t want to be undermined as a teacher because then your students will think it’s okay to do or say what they please knowing that there is no repercussions for their actions that will stay long enough to make a lasting impression.
- How often do you come into the classroom to see how things are as a principal [position of your interviewer if applicable to the question]?
- You want to know this because you want to play hooky from class…SIKE. But you do need to know if your principal cares anything about the well being of the faculty and staff.
- What curriculum will be used in this particular school? Is there a preference of how I should teach, or am I free to operate and teach the class how I see fit?
- Understanding how the class much operate is definitely an area of interest. Say the school teaches one method of learning how to count to 10, but you know another way. You’ll need to come ready to learn those new methods, or consider getting another job at another institution altogether.
Psssst…we also listed a pretty great list of questions to ask other than the above topics to really seal the deal on an interview…find it here…or comment below to share a little interview expertise, Millennial. Over and out!