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Dear James....

Discussion in 'Trainee and student teachers' started by blondie16, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. Dear James,
    I was just wondering when interviewing for places on Univeristy courses what are you looking for in your applicants?
  2. This is general information about interviews. As admissions tutors our first thought is about your dedication to teaching and your concern for children. Yes, you need to be enthusiastic about your subject, but remember that if it is for primary you will be a general class teacher. You will need to be able to teach a wide range of subjects and engage with a lot of different techniques (e.g. teaching reading). If secondary then enthusiasm for your subject is vital but so is thinking about how you can convey this and get complex ideas over to children.

    Be professional, be smart, learn about the course (look at the prospectus/website) and be prepared to discuss any experiences you have of schools and working with children. Think about what chartacteristics good teachers ahve and what you can offer teaching. Being a teacher means that you have to be organised and deal with stress - so think about how you do this, perhaps provide some examples of high stress, what you learned from that and how you will deal with the stress of teaching.
    As a primary teacher you will do a lot of reading perhaps storytelling so have ideas about children's authors and books that might appeal to children, try and look at the range of curriculum subjects and think about where your education has provided you with strengths and what your weak areas will be - in particular what will you do to address the weaknesses.
    Even in secondary subjects you will have strengths and weaknesses so think about which bits of subject knowledge are weak for you and which are strengths. Look at the national curriculum to give you a guide as to what you need to cover.
    Good teachers are reflective so think about how you would be a reflective proactitioner - what does this mean - reflecting on your teaching and improving/making adjustments etc.
    Try to enjoy the day - you will be nervous, but smile, be friendly, in group tasks (if there are any) contribute but don't dominate.


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