Teacher assistants, also known as teaching assistants or TAs, are a vital part of the educational process. While the current school year is winding down, it’s never too soon to start interviewing for next term. Whether you are seeking employment at an elementary school or at the college level, these are some important questions to consider. Please read on to find out more!
“Why are you becoming a teacher assistant?”
This is likely to be one of the first questions you will hear. Similar to the question of “why are you becoming a teacher?” you’ll also have to answer why you wish to become a teacher assistant. The purpose of the question is to determine how earnestly you want the teaching job, and you aren’t just settling for any job that will take you. Teaching and the field of education at large calls for more dedication.
“If some students are disrupting class, what would you do?”
Classroom discipline is an important factor in keeping a class period running smoothly. Once you are established as a teacher assistant, there may be times you’ll have to attempt to keep students on task. Student discipline might have to do with behavioral issues, so factor that into how you would answer.
“How would you handle disagreements or conflicts with your mentor teacher?”
While the head teacher may or may not be your mentor teacher, this is still a prudent question. The purpose behind this question is that your prospective employer is looking to see how you would get along with others even when conflicts arise. Would you be able to assert yourself while also paying all due respect to the authority of your mentors and supervisors? Remember that the classroom belongs to the teacher, and you are still learning what it means to be there.
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