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dear theo help with lesson observation within job interview

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by cozg, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. cozg

    cozg New commenter

    Dear Theo,
    I am an experienced teacher looking for another
    job- KS2 Primary- in the coming year and have got my cv ready etc. I
    seem to be able to get interviews but the bit I find really difficult is
    doing an observed lesson. The last interview I had said 'teach the
    class for 20 minutes- whatever you like'. The one before that was an
    hour's lesson- Year 5 'whatever you like'. I find the open-endeness of
    it is like looking into a black hole - I have no idea how to teach an
    outstanding lesson from 'nothing' as it were -not knowing the children
    and with no defined remit to the lesson. I'm fine in my own classroom
    with children I know and a curriculum to deliver but put in that
    situation I draw a blank for what to do.
    Can anyone help??
  2. Not sure why you felt the need to post the same message twice... I have, however responded on your other message.
  3. cozg

    cozg New commenter

    apologies about the twice posting- still getting the hang of using the website as a newcomer!
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Because she forgot to include Dear Theo in her title the first time, that's why! Very sensible to re-post in those circs, because if I'm pushed for time, then I don't open everything.
    Now for the query.
    Yes, it seems vague and can make you feel uneasy when you get such a vague brief, but really it is very helpful.
    You can choose anything that you have done in the past that has been very successful,and use that. You'd have to adapt it perhaps, and make sure that it fits the Ofsted criteria, but it's a gift! Just imagine that it says Do a lesson that will just WOW us. Looked at like that, it's a lot easier!
    Don't forget to read all the advice in the Welcome thread - there are Interview clickables for you to read. And read this:
    * * * * * Teaching a lesson at interview * * * * *
    and this:
    Outstanding in 30 mins?
    And keep us up to date with your progress - hopefully via a new thread called: Dear Theo - I got that job!
    Best wishes
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.

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