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Hi, I'm Laura from youngwritersworkshops.com and I'm going to talk about how to answer teacher interview questions. The best strategy in going into an interview for a teaching job is to be relaxed, as relaxed as possible. And a lot of times, some preparation ahead of time will help you to feel really relaxed. So do plan to rehearse a little bit, practice answering some of the standard questions ahead of time. Another thing that may really help you feel relaxed is to research the school. Find out everything you can. Either talk to people who have worked there, or some of the parents, or just read up on-line on the school district's website, anything, any information that you can find out so that you are feeling knowledgeable, will help you to be more relaxed. Some of the basic questions that you might anticipate are where do you see yourself in five years? What are some of your strengths? What are your weaknesses? How would you handle discipline situations? Those are very standard teacher interview questions so practice answering those with someone and then get some feedback, and just do it even on your own in a mirror so you can know what you're going to say and feel relaxed and not come off as nervous. It's also really good to ask questions of the interviewer. That shows that you also have some, that you're also putting them sort of up for trial, that you have things that need to be met on your side, and think about how you can answer questions in a way that will portray you as very strong. A lot of times when you answer the question about your weakness, you know, coming up with a way to say what your weakness is, but that also makes you look really good, is a good strategy in answering that type of question. So act, you know, have information about the school, act interested in the school, and make sure to relax as much as you can in your interview and you'll do well.