If you're attending a science teacher job interview, come prepared and organised. A successful candidate for any teaching position will be one who is well organised, and it's important this key quality comes across at the interview stage. A science teacher needs to straddle two worlds, so brush up on current trends and developments, both in the field of science as well as education.
Dress smartly: a science teacher should be as open and accessible as any other member of the teaching faculty, so a formal yet comfortable outfit is ideal. Try adding a bright (but not silly) accessory to throw off the 'white lab coat' image completely.
To be successful as a science teacher, you should be somebody able to make the scientific environment and new technology accessible and exciting to the layman: a good science teacher is one who can encourage and foster intellectual curiosity. If this interest and enthusiasm rubs off on the interview panel, the chances are it will grab students' interest, too.
Science teacher job information.
Candidates should also be able to project themselves as individuals who are just as comfortable around children as they are around test tubes. Knowing and understanding particle physics is no use whatsoever to a school if the voice of the person explaining it sends everyone to sleep, so remember to be interesting, amusing and likeable.
A science teacher generally teaches in a lab, with equipment lying around that is far more dangerous than that in the typical classroom of an English teacher, for example. During the interview, it is very likely that you will be asked specifically about how you would deal with safety and potentially dangerous situations that may arise in the science classroom. You should be well prepared and know current health and safety procedures.
Finally, remember that an interview for a position as a science teacher is similar to any other job interview in a school: come prepared and be punctual; keep calm; take the time to provide a considered answer; and don't be afraid to refer to a specific situation or experience to illustrate how to tackle a hypothetical problem. An organised and professional approach, combined with the right skills and experience, is a great way of winning over the interview panel.
Science teacher interview questions.
- How do you plan when starting a new topic with your class?
- Describe a teaching method you have successfully used to help students understand a difficult scientific concept.
- How do you use computers in the science classroom?
- Describe any motivational techniques you have found to be successful in a classroom environment.
- How do you help your students become independent learners?
General interview questions.
- What are your strengths/weaknesses?
- What are your career goals?
- Why do you think you would enjoy being a science teacher?
- How do keep up-to-date with new developments in technology?
- What do you know about our school?
- Why are you the right candidate for this job?
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