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Dear Theo- interview lesson

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by Ally19, Jun 2, 2011.

  1. <font size="3">I have an interview next week. Although it&rsquo;s not my first
    interview, it is the first where I have been asked to do any teaching. They
    have asked for a 20 min lesson to be delivered to a small group of y4/5
    children. It can be on whatever topic I want but they have advised that it&rsquo;s a
    good opportunity to show my strengths. </font>
    <ol>[*]<font size="3">What are they actually looking for me to do in
    such a short time? Is it usually more the case that they want to see what you
    are like with the children or are you actually meant to make sure all children
    make progress in that time.</font>[*]<font size="3">I know that given free choice most people plump
    for literacy or numeracy in an interview lesson (esp. such a short one).
    However, I want to try and stand out from the others and since Science was my
    degree specialism, I have decided to pick this subject. Is this a good idea or
    should I stick to the core subjects?</font>[*]<font size="3">If I do go with science, I thought a quick experiment
    would be the most engaging activity for the children. I have an idea that I think
    (fingers crossed) will fit into the time, but I&rsquo;m worried that it won&rsquo;t be &lsquo;wow&rsquo;
    enough. Do they actually expect a completely all singing all dancing lesson in
    20 mins or am I being adventurous enough just trying to do a practical
    experiment in the given time? </font>[*]<font size="3">They have asked for planning for the lesson as
    well as where it would fit into a medium term plan. Does this mean write a
    medium term plan to go with the lesson? Or just include a section on the plan
    about what I would have the children do before and after the lesson?</font></ol>Sorry it's quite a long post but I would really appreciate some advice. I've done a small amount of supply work in this school and would love a job there!
    Thank you in advance for any insight you can give me.
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  2. Sorry about the strange formatting!
  3. cally1980

    cally1980 Established commenter

    I had to do a 20 min lesson & so I read the schools last ofsted and looked for issues that had been identified as a weakness. I saw that girls writing levels had decreased in their recent SATS and they had been picked up on their lack of understanding of success criteria, so I planned a lesson that focussed on using ambitious language in poetry and also made sure that I had really clear and specific success criteria in order to achieve the LO. I then used this to ask them to self assess during the plenary.

    I am not sure I would attempt Science in 20 mins - to me, Science has to be practical based and to try this in an interview lesson with unkown children could badly backfire!!!
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    I. Yes they will be looking for how you interact with children BUT also that children make progress.
    2. Yes by all means stick to a subject you're confident with & if it's outside English & Maths, so much the better to make your lesson stand out.
    3.Depends on the school. Someone recently was considered 'too adventurous' for using a puppet & wouldn't 'fit into the school' yet others want you to take risks & be adventurous.
    4 Yes, include details of expected previous learning & what you would expect the children to move onto.
    Best of luck! Theo will no doubt be along soon with some good expert advice.
  5. I recently did a 25 minute lesson and did history but with cross-curricular links to literacy and numeracy (writing on post its, speaking and listening and maths - timeline). I used a generic skills lesson I have taught before and can be adapted for KS1 or KS2 and the LOs and tasks are different. I think picking something other than lit and numeracy allows you to show creative curriculum if this is appropriate.
    I knew it had gone well when i reviewed the success criteria at the end and asked the children whether they had met them or not and one child picked up the final item on the success criteria and said they had failed to ask open questions so this was something we need to work on - so kids had even identified their own next steps :)
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Congratulations on getting that interview - really good.
    I will add three things to what other people have said:
    Firstly, be very very careful with your timing. I would be a little cautious about doing an experiment with chilkdren that I didn't know in such a short time. Could you really get them all organised, as well as eneure the learning and the final round-up in such a short time? You won't know who are the ones who need extra support, nor the naughty ones!
    Secondly, be sure that your plan includes differentiation, and be prepared to move up or down as it seems appropriate, at a moment's notice. You must be assessing their understanding and progress all the time.
    Finally, get on to Amazon and buy this great book:
    [​IMG]Best of luck!
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews, with practical exercises that people really appreciate.
    New <u>Job Seminars</u> on Sunday 26 June.
    Probably more in the early autumn ready for the next lot of job ads to come out. Keep an eye out for the dates!

    A new <u>Moving into Headship and SLT</u> seminar is on 18 June.
    See the full programme www.tes.co.uk/careerseminars

    E-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com for how to book a meeting with me personally.Look forward to seeing you!

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