48 Questions Guaranteed to Get Teachers to Open Up During Yearbook Interviews

yearbook questions for teacher interviews

We think that teachers should always be treated like the rockstars they are. But that’s a double-edged sword. Because of their school “celebrity” status, we can sometimes get a little tongue-tied when it comes time to snag some quotes.

So if you’ve got a mod that needs some teacher insight, a spread offering a look ‘behind the curtain’ about teachers, or if you’re writing an article on a specific teacher and are looking for some pizzazz, you’ll need to ask some great questions. And we’ve got just the list.

Set up a time for the interview, take a moment to brush up on your interview skills, and then take the bull by the horns with these quote-baiting questions for teachers.

About Life Outside of School

  • What is one of your hidden talents?
  • What would the students be surprised to find out about you?
  • What’s a typical Saturday night like for you?
  • How often do you accidently start speaking Spanish at home? Lecturing about fractions? Correcting grammar? [personalize to their subject].
  • What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own?
  • What is your dream vacation?
  • How do you spend your summer breaks?
  • What are your “trapped on a desert island” books or movies?
  • What would your last meal be?
  • What can you cook to perfection? Are you willing to share the recipe?
  • If you won the lottery and decided to give up teaching, what would you do instead?

About School Life

  • What are some traditions or superstitions you have for the First Day of School?
  • What makes a ‘good day’ at school?
  • How do you show your school spirit?
  • What accomplishment fills you with pride so far this year?
  • What is your favorite dish from the cafeteria?
  • What sort of morning routine do you have to get jazzed for class?
  • How do you keep things fresh? [particularly good for seasoned teachers]
  • What inspires you?
  • How does technology make teaching more simple or difficult?
  • Are there any embarrassing teaching moments you’re willing to share? What are they?
  • What’s the best/worst thing about being a teacher?
  • In which other teacher’s class would you like to enroll, even for a day? Why?

About the Students

  • What current trends are baffling to you? Why?
  • So many students admire you. How do you make those connections? [*note: question should only be asked if the teacher is universally known for making great student connections]
  • What differences do you see in your morning students versus the afternoon classes?
  • If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share?
  • How do you remember all of your students’ names?
  • What’s a school sport or activity you enjoy watching?
  • If you could take the students on a field trip to anywhere in the world, where would you take them?
  • Why do (or don’t) you friend former students on Facebook?

Along the Lines of a Specific Article or Theme

  • What kind of driver were you when you first got your license?
  • If you were to be given a superlative when you were in school, what would it have been?
  • Our yearbook’s theme this year is [….], how do you work to bring that to life in everyday classes?
  • What song should students listen to when doing work for your class?
  • What is your first memory from school?
  • When or why is (or isn’t) a picture worth a thousand words?
  • How do you think students will remember you and your class?

About Nothing—Just for Kicks (or Mods)

  • How long would you survive a zombie apocalypse? Why?
  • In which Hogwarts house would you be sorted?
  • If you could grow up in any decade, which would you choose?
  • What are your thoughts on astrology? Do you know your sign?
  • What are your must-have smartphone apps?
  • Did you see the new Star Wars on opening night? What memories do you have from the first movie you ever saw in theatres?
  • Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by?
  • What would your perfect party look like?
  • What is your spirit animal?
  • What song do you know all the lyrics to?

And there you have it—48 yearbook questions that you can choose from to build an interview with a teacher. It’s important to remember that an interview is a conversation. Keep it natural, and use your time wisely. It’s better to get five quality responses instead of a dozen one-word answers. If you see a hook, run with it. Don’t be afraid to veer a bit off course when the opportunity presents itself. Wherever the conversation goes, these questions are a great start to an intriguing spread or mod, and can add some wonderful insight from your teachers to this year’s book.

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