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Advice needed - job interview lesson

Discussion in 'Primary' started by davehereford, May 5, 2017.

  1. davehereford

    davehereford New commenter

    Good evening,

    First post on here so be gentle!! I am after some inspiration from some English specialist in upper key stage 2...

    I have an interview next week for an Assistant Head Teacher position and as part of the interview they have asked me to teach a Year Six reading lesson for 30 minutes. The outcomes and lesson can be on anything that I choose. As a current Assistant Head Teacher with responsibility for Maths that has caused me some anxiety!

    The school is in a deprived area and so I am thinking of a lesson that should be fairly active to keep the children engaged. Any ideas gratefully received. Thank you!
  2. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    Why don't you start us off with an idea and we can help you flesh it out? It's no good us giving you an idea, that's the wrong way round!

    If you are teaching at the moment, what have your children, or those y6 in your school done? Use that to start with and come back to us.

    People look on here and if you use our ideas that may not go down too well, esp for AH role.

    BTW I'm not trying to be obtrusive, sorry if it comes across that way.:D
  3. Camokidmommy

    Camokidmommy Established commenter

    Oh, you need to change your user name,too. Unless you made your name up!
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Come off it and just stop and think for a minute.

    What would you expect a typical Year 6 to be able to do reading-wise. I'm sure you've observed a good few colleagues teaching already but this would be part of the new remit and you need to demonstrate you could support other colleagues across the curriculum and not just Maths.

    Then work out an objective which is easy to demonstrate progress with in the space of 30 mins. Choose an exerpt from something you are familiar with and I'm sure you'll suddenly find you're away.
  5. somethingbeautiful

    somethingbeautiful New commenter

    Something my pupils have struggled with - and that definitely comes up in tests - is 'what impression does this give you of...?' type questions.
    Like someone else said, choose a narrative you're comfortable with that will interest the children and has lots of description. Then focus on author's choice of language and the impressions it gives the reader. Also, if the author had used these words instead, how would that change the text?
    Best of luck.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  6. ultimatedingbat

    ultimatedingbat Established commenter

    I usually use Albert and the Lion for reading lessons - lots of discussion points
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  7. abacus1982

    abacus1982 Established commenter

    Do something which shows the way you teach. If you use film/video clips then use those. If you use pictures/images then use those. I'd just go with what fits your style. I did a great reading lesson using a still from Romeo and Juliet which had the Montague and Capulet towers in the picture with a statue of Jesus in the middle and we discussed what we could infer/deduce about the two families using that picture. Something like that might work well.
  8. violingirl

    violingirl New commenter

    All good ideas - but if you get the role of AHT you will be expected to be the one to come up with these ideas for other staff who you will be leading. That's what they want to see in interview I guess.
    Landofla and Lara mfl 05 like this.

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