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Demonstrate your passion for teaching. Address major issues in your subject. For example, “My passion is literature and writing. I believe that written communication can withstand challenges from technology and indeed can be enhanced by it.” Give specific examples to demonstrate.
Show enthusiasm. Know about the features and activities of the particular school you are applying for.
Clearly articulate your teaching philosophy. Think about your role and what you would like to achieve through it... For example, “I see my role as a teacher as one through which I can assist students to develop their communication skills and interests creatively to achieve personal and social goals.”
Show awareness of major issues and your efforts at best practice. For example, “My placements provided me many opportunities to design units of work across Key Learning Areas, such as the Environmental project done with Year 9 at St Bob’s. I learned how content can be made meaningful and relevant, and can bring together disciplines to cater for different learning styles and purposes.
Demonstrate self awareness. Make some personal statements that show self-awareness and thoughtfulness about the role and your suitability for it. For example, “I bring a sense of fun and enjoyment from learning. I am hard-working and try to see the big picture into which my efforts can be contextualised.”
Turn negatives into positives. Acknowledge, for example, that you have spent most of your time studying and working and so have neglected outside activities but that you are looking forward to establishing a balance in your life.
Consider your responses to the following sample interview questions: