Excerpt from Road to Teaching: A Guide to Teacher Training, Student Teaching and Finding a Job:

Another way of phrasing this question is, “How will you create a classroom environment through which you will motivate your students.” You can take a number of approaches to answer this common interview question, such as: classroom management, learning environment, instruction, teacher and student
relationship, and curriculum. One successful approach to answering this question is to address an overarching theme, such as establishing clear and high expectations for your students. Students will be motivated to learn and behave properly when they internalize the teacher’s expectations. For instance, if a
student walked into your classroom on any given day

– Can the student expect a certain daily routine?

– Can the students expect to be treated fairly when discipline is used?

– Will the student know the overarching learning objective or essential question for a lesson?

– Can the student expect a curriculum that his challenging and relevant?

– Would an observer of your class see varied best-practice instructional strategies?

All of these provide an environment that encourages students to learn from you. In answering these questions try to create a visual picture for the interviewers of your classroom. In your depiction, explain how you set clear and high expectations from the start of class to the dismissal bell.

A Guide to Teacher Training, Student Teaching, and Finding a Job

The Perfect Companion for Student Teachers.


Maximize your teacher training, excel at student teaching, and find your ideal teaching job. This book addresses these unique stages of becoming an educator by providing 50 valuable strategies and insightful advice, allowing for a smooth transition from student teacher to exemplary teacher.

Learn how to differentiate yourself through your coursework, create a positive relationship with your cooperating (master) teacher, establish effective classroom management, perform well in your interview, and much more.


5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource, July 5, 2008
By (Seattle, WA USA) – See all my reviews

This book came in handy as a student teacher and when applying for teaching jobs. I appreciated the strategies on how to jump-start my student teaching on a positive note by creating relationships with my students and CT. Even though I have now completed my student teaching, I will continue to use many of the book’s classroom management and discipline tips in my own classroom, such as the question & answer box and bellnote activity. I recommend this to any student teacher.”

5.0 out of 5 stars So Simple Sooo Helpful WOW, September 29, 2008
By (Albuquerque) – See all my reviews

This book is a must have!! I always read reviews and consider what the reader says, well please believe me, When I say get the book. It is so simple to ready I couldn’t believe the insight it gives and tips for Students, Pre-service teachers and Student teaching. I highlighted and tagged pages. I am very pleased!! Eric did an awesome job on creating a book for the “unknowns” A lot of websites and examples, book references. Again a very great book for Teachers to be, get it early.


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