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Five minute teaching task - I don't know what do!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by joyceh3, Jan 15, 2018.

  1. joyceh3

    joyceh3 New commenter

    Hi all,

    I have a school direct interview coming up and have to do a five minute classroom based teaching task with six year 5 pupils.

    I haven't a clue what to do....help!
  2. MacGuyver

    MacGuyver Occasional commenter

  3. joyceh3

    joyceh3 New commenter

  4. elder_cat

    elder_cat Established commenter

    I don't know what your subject specialism is, but perhaps these generic pointers might be of some use.

    Make sure whatever you come up with takes 5 minutes. Time yourself on a dry run, to make sure it isn't going to either:

    a. Last 3 minutes before running out of steam.
    b. Take twice as long as you thought it would to complete.

    Five minutes isn't very long, so don't try to cover too much ground. Remember that we're talking about young students here.

    Match your resources to what would be available in an average classroom. You could produce different versions of the resources, so you're able to use either standard whiteboards or electronic smartboards, depending on what is available on the day.

    In terms of other resources, you may want to think about any 'handouts' etc, in terms of accessibility, given you don't know whether any of the students might have learning issues.

    Use language appropriate to the students you are dealing with. That doesn't necessarily mean talking to them like they are babies. But remember they are 'Year 5', and use words that would be familiar to them.

    Refer to the curriculum to get a feel for where exactly a 'year 5 pupil' is likely to be right about now, in terms of what they should already know. If your lesson is likely to include things they are unlikely to have covered so far, make sure the content is pitched appropriately for 'year 5 pupils'.

    Try and a produce a lesson and resources that would engage the students, rather than simply treating them as 'an audience'. Maybe you could include a short 'group activity', that feeds into the lesson content?

    Try and think to yourself "if I were a Year 5 pupil, doing this lesson on this topic, what would make it an enjoyable and memorable activity for me?"
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Anything starting https:// and coloured blue should be a direct link, so you just click on that and you'll be redirected.

    Before you do that can I just say we tend not to give detaled advice on an open forum.

    The purpose of the exercise is not to actually 'teach' anyting in that time, but t see your approach and attitude so choose something simple which you feel you know about.
    whitestag likes this.
  6. whitestag

    whitestag Senior commenter

    Just five minutes? Show them an object or a picture and get them to describe it.
  7. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Five minutes????
    Play a game that teaches something clear and obvious.
    So a maths concept or an aspect of SPAG.
  8. Jenkibubble

    Jenkibubble Occasional commenter

    Read a story with a moral eg Rainbow fish is about sharing and then get then get them to draw / label if able a picture of a
    Time they shared and how they let etc . Good luck
  9. MacGuyver

    MacGuyver Occasional commenter

    No bother, glad I could help.
    agathamorse and Lara mfl 05 like this.
  10. Ds2d12

    Ds2d12 Occasional commenter

    5 minutes is rather quick to decide if someone is the right fit for that school!
    BetterNow and agathamorse like this.
  11. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    True, but the OP is doing a
    to start training for teaching, so different criteria.
  12. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Star commenter

    One tip - Think about your audience. What are the learning expectations of them? Have a look at the Key Stage 2 (KS2) National Curriculum.
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  13. MosaiK

    MosaiK Occasional commenter

    Combine a story you read with the pupils sorting or sequencing words, props, pictures or the like... can't comment on a topic as that is up to you...
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  14. pricey4

    pricey4 New commenter

    Five minutes is a ridiculous amount of time.

    I'd teach them something to do with SPaG. Maybe parenthesis. Do you know what ability these children are?

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