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Help with 30 min English interview lesson...

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by sophiesoo94, Nov 29, 2015.

  1. sophiesoo94

    sophiesoo94 New commenter


    I am currently a trainee teaching Secondary English and I have been invited to interview at my current placement school on Thursday.

    I have to teach a 30 minute lesson to a year 7 group, introducing them to a pre-1900 text and then focusing on an area of form, structure or language.

    The Head of English suggested I tried to link it to what year 7 are currently studying, which is 'A Christmas Carol'. As they have done a lot of work on the context of the book and attitudes towards the poor at the time, I have chosen to introduce the poem 'The Chimney Sweeper' by William Blake, and will possibly focus on symbolism.

    My main issue is whether I should keep the lesson interactive and discussion based, or give the class some form of written work? I have been given lots of opposing advice.

    Can anyone help me out with some advice or tips? :)
    It would be much appreciated!
  2. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    Nice idea. Might borrow it for my own Christmas Carol SoW. ;)

    You can incorporate both, of course. 5 minutes of individual silent writing (eg, writing up their group's area, or focusing on one key aspect of the poem) followed by assessment. You may well be able to do so, given that this sounds like an able group at an academically strong school. But choose the task carefully. As with all lesson activities, make sure you are able to explain how it helps to develop the children's learning, and that it allows you to develop your own skills in some way. Good luck!
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Well done @sophiesoo94 for getting that interview!

    But you should always be VERY cautious about giving away details of any planned interview lesson on a public website. Others might see it and copy it . . .

    Which is why we don't give ideas for lessons, nor answers to questions, on here. Makes sense!

    Now for some general advice on interviews. Here are the interview advice blogs from the Professional Advice Hub. I have included some that are not relevant to you for the benefit of anyone else reading this.

    3. Preparing for Interview I suggest that you read these in this order

    Help, I've got an interview!*** The basic advice ***

    Teaching an observed lesson at interview

    Using mind-mapping for interviews*** The best-loved advice ***

    Tell us about yourself - dream or nightmare question?*** Read and note this ***

    Daft Interview Questions

    What shall I wear to the interview?

    Interviews – making a positive first impression

    How do you decide who to appoint?

    What excuse can I give for going to interview?

    Child Protection: the questions, NOT the answers

    A typical Child Protection Policy

    Two interviews and a dilemma

    Interview feedback - they blamed my experience, but they knew that when they shortlisted me!

    SLT interviews - possible questions

    In-tray exercises. Deputy Head

    Assistant Head interviews

    General interview questions

    Questions to ask at the end of your interview

    That should keep you busy this evening reading all that!

    We have on here a very nice tradition that when you actually got a job, you started a brand-new thread (not adding it to this one - a brand-new thread) where you told us your good news. You call it Dear Theo - I got that job! and this gives everyone a chance to congratulate you. It also gives them hope and inspiration for their own jobseeking, to see you successful.

    If you see one of these threads, make sure you congratulate people!

    So I will end by saying that we look forward to seeing your Dear Theo - I got that job!

    Best wishes and good luck!


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