Dr. Montessori had strong opinions about the preparation of the teacher. It is the starting point in your search.
When interviewing a prospective teacher, the logical first inquiry is the level of their training, experience, and years in the field. After the initial points are covered, presenting a set of questions that can be answered in person will provide you with a sense of this person being a match for your philosophy and your school.
Here are some sample questions to determine the above qualities.
- How do you handle your frustrations when you get to the ‘end of your rope’ with a child?
- What is the most difficult experience you have had with a parent? How did you handle it?
- When or how often do you think is necessary for a team meeting?
- How important are faculty meetings to you?
- What would you be doing on Veteran’s Day, if it were a school holiday?