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Interview - English trial lesson

Discussion in 'Independent' started by TheoGriff, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    It's best to make your own decision about what to do - if only because this is a public forum, and another poster who sees it might be going for the same post!
    A Head on a TES Forum said recently that 4, four, out of 6 candidates did a lesson that had been discussed on Primary here.
    She recognised it, but even if she hadn't, the fact that 4, four, of them did the same thing would have been a bit of a giveaway!
    So choose and plan your lesson (including Plan B in case you get the level wrong), and pop over to the JobSeekers Forum and open the two Interview clickables inside the Welcome thread to get advice in general on preparation for an interview.
    Best of luck.
    ___________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review 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.
    The next Workshop I'm doing that still has vacancies is on Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  2. Karvol

    Karvol Occasional commenter

    And that is the truth of the matter. You have to teach what you are comfortable teaching. If you are not able to prepare a 30 minute lesson on your own for an interview, imagine how it is going to be if you have to prepare approximately 25 of these lessons week in week out.
    Teaching in an academic school is not for everybody. Be honest with yourself and if you can prepare the lesson then all the best and go for it. If you cannot, or it is taking too long, then perhaps the school is not for you.

     
  3. That's a very good point, thank you both. Think I'm just a bit nervous! Have now planned out my lesson.
    I have read through all the interview advice you pointed out, which was very useful.
    Now off to practice on my poor housemate...
    Thank you.
     
  4. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Fingers crossed!
    ___________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review 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.
    The next Workshop I'm doing that still has vacancies is on Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars, or e-mail Julia on advice@tsleducation.com
    Look forward to seeing you!
     
  5. My only comment is that if it is for a Lower Sixth class and they are meant to be high ability, they may well have covered this before, as the sonnet form in 'Romeo and Juliet' is quite well known and usually covered at GCSE level or earlier. What AS board are they doing, is there a need for unseen poetry skills - perhaps those are things you need to consider.
    As others have said though, you must do something that you are comfortable with.
    Good luck.
     
  6. All that follows is mere opinion and, of course, you must make your own mind up...
    If you know what board they are doing then you can choose something that draws on themes or language features that they will have been studying - always good! Perhaps even choose a different work by an author they know - i.e. they are possibly doing 'Paradise Lost' if they are an AS Lit. group so you could do a Milton sonnet or part of Samson Agonistes as they will be familiar with his themes, language,etc. - but find out! There are lots of non-board possibilities there. I would not go with R and J as they are most likely to be VERY familiar.
    In terms of ways into poetry, in thirty minutes I don't think you'll have time to do anything that wizzy and they probably want to be sure that you know your stuff and don't just spend all the time getting the pupils to find things out and present - I think you will want a more teacher-led session (I will get bashed for saying that most likely). I wouldn't want to relinquish control with a group I didn't know in the first session. They will be looking at your manner and management of the group, even though it's VI form. I like to use mind-maps (Buzan style) to unpack the poem, link themes, quotes, etc. I find this is an organised way to structure the session.
    Of course it's totally up to you! I find that the lessons that work best are the ones that you have invented and developed yourself. I wouldn't use something off a resource site though - we all know them all so well - and probably rarely use them unaltered...
    Good Luck!
     

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