How to Talk About Your Teaching Experience

 

Interviewing to work for a host family in a Swing Bubble is different from interviewing to work in a school classroom with 25 or more students. In a Bubble, you will be teaching a small group in a student’s home, so prospective families will want to make sure your teaching experience and teaching style is a good fit for their own kids. To excel in an interview, you’ll need to anticipate and prepare for these common questions. 

 

1. Anticipate the Question

Host families are likely to ask three types of questions. First they will want specific details about your teaching history. Next, they may ask how you would approach teaching a student with a specific type of need, like trouble reading. Lastly, they will ask how you plan to create a daily schedule. In this article, we’ll discuss how to talk about your teaching experience.

 

Sample questions:

  • Tell me about a time when you taught a group of mixed grade students.
  • Tell me about your classroom experience.
  • Describe a day you taught a group of students [the age of their kids].
  • Describe a time when you helped a student who was struggling with a concept.
  • Give an example of a time where you made learning fun.

 

2. Prepare Your Stories

What do these questions have in common? They each demand a story from an event in your real life. To answer these types of questions, think about a specific day when you excelled as a teacher. What was the classroom environment like that day? What were the specific challenges you faced? How did you overcome them? What behavioral or academic changes did you observe in students? These details work together to create a convincing story.

 

Sample answer:

“Last spring I was teaching a 4th grade English class and I had trouble with a student goofing off in the back row. Instead of criticizing him, I asked him to come up and be my helper for the lesson because I sensed that if I could make him feel valued and important he would stop goofing off. [Describe how he helped with the lesson and how that improved the behavior.]”

 

Pro tip: the most convincing stories are specific to your own life. Avoid general descriptors such as “detail-oriented” or “team player”.

 

3. Write Down and Practice Your Stories

We call these types of stories “career successes”. Career successes are persuasive because they come from your real life experience. Write down 3-4 career success stories, practice them with a friend or family member before your interview and ask for feedback. 

As you get used to answering interview questions with career success stories, you’ll find you can reuse them for many different types of questions. Developing career success stories is an investment in your interview skills.

If you have more questions on how to interview, just email us at community@swingeducation.com

Good luck on your interview!