Professional Practice

A Winning Answer to a Common Interview Question

You know they’re going to ask it, yet it’s such a loaded question, you’re not exactly sure how you’ll respond.

“Please describe your classroom management style.”

If this interview question has you running for the hills, have no fear. Today I’m going to tell you an answer that not only is something you’re already doing but sounds impressive to boot.
Winning Answer

A great answer to that tricky question is: “Well, I really like to approach classroom management proactively.” 

Proactive classroom management involves thinking about ways to head off problems before they even begin.

Here are 3 key talking points you can use.


1. I plan active, engaging lessons that relate to students’ interests, so they are motivated from the get-go.

Highly-motivated students have fewer reasons to misbehave.

2. I have clear, consistent expectations with clear, consistent consequences.

When students know what is expected of them up-front, they are less likely to test boundaries, as they already know what the consequences will be.

3. I have consistent routines that are communicated in a variety of ways.

When students know exactly what to do upon entering the classroom, watching a demo, or cleaning up, they feel at ease. Routines create structure and a feeling of security for students, so they are less likely to act out.

Talking about how you will actually stop problems before they start is a simple and effective way to answer that loaded classroom management question. It’s sure to impress any interview panel and help land you your dream job!

Tell us, how would YOU answer the question about classroom management? 

What interview questions are the most difficult for you to wrap your head around? 


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Amanda Heyn

Amanda Heyn is AOEU’s Director of K–12 PD & Media and a former AOEU Writer and elementary art educator. She enjoys creating relevant and engaging professional development just for art teachers.

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