I've just this minute received a letter inviting me to my very first interview for a teaching position, and amongst my screaming excited I have just realised that I have to teach a lesson to the year 3/4 class that the position is for. It's not that I mind the teaching side of things, after all that is the job that I'm hoping to be doing next year, but the letter states that I am to teach a 15 minute lesson which can be on a topic of my choice. I'm now undertaking the difficult activity of trying to think of an exciting and motivating lesson for this mixed class. I recently bought an "empathy doll" and used it (to the children's great pleasure) in my final placement to much success. At the beginning of my practice I set the children an activity to write a letter to the doll (who's name is Patrick) to persuade him to come and join the class. As this activity went so well and the children in my placement class (who were also year 3) responded so well to the empathy doll, I was thinking of doing a similar activity for my interview. My intention is to take the doll with me and introduce him to the class. I then plan to tell the children that I think he should attend the school but that I know very little about the school having only visited it twice. I'm planning to carry out a kind of circle time style activity or small groups (I can't decide) and get the children to discuss what kind of things they could tell Patrick about the school to persuade him to come. I was then thinking about asking them to write down (on a big sheet of paper) a sentence that they could write to persuade Patrick. I'm not sure if my idea is too long/ ambitious or even not enough to show what I can do for an interview lesson. Also i'm not really sure about expectations in relation to differentiation for an interview lesson, especially because there's a child with Autism in the class. Any help/comments would be gratefully received.