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Interview help for a NQT post needed!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by amara01202, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. I've got my first interview for a Year 3/4 class for an NQT post.
    The subject for my 40 minute observed lesson is 'writing' for a mixed class of 30 children. I have also been told that the school value this term is 'cooperation'.
    Any ideas would be greatly appreciated as I have no experience with this age group!
    At the moment I'm thinking of a 'poetry slam' to keep things engaging and fast paced and the school seems to be quite big on creative learning. But this would be a risk for me as I have not done it before! But I thought I could link it to the theme of cooperation, and have them working in groups to create their poems together.
    Any thoughts or other suggestions?
    Thanks in advance!

  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done for getting that interview!
    However . . .
    Sorry, but . . . I don't give help, ideas, comments or ANYTHING about interview lessons.
    And I don't suggest that any other poster does, either.
    There are 3 main reasons for that:
    it's got to be you, and your ideas, so that you feel comfortable about
    what you're doing, and so that the school sees you, and not me or
    somebody else. And secondly and more importantly, because <u>you</u> are the expert here, not me!
    So you will just have to sit down, think of what your aims are (including the Ofsted criteria - one of the links in the Interview Tips clickable in the Welcome thread here on the JobSeekers Forum says what schools are looking for in interview lessons),
    Take a look also at my Possible interview questions clickable in the Welcome thread
    sure you plan a lesson that enables children to progress, and have a
    plan that you will press on the observer that includes differentiation,
    just in case you don't get round to using it in the lesson itself.
    a third reason is that this is a public forum, and other candidates for
    the same job might see the suggestions too . . . and wouldn't you look
    daft doing the same thing!

    One of the other Heads on this
    Forum recently had 4, FOUR, candidates who used a lesson that they had
    got from the Primary Forum on here. She recognised it.
    Wouldn't have mattered if she hadn't, because all 4 of them did the same thing, which sort of gave the game away.
    Heads expect you to prepare your own lesson, so I'm afraid that you're going to have to sit down and work on it.
    But do go and look at the advice in the Welcome thread here on the JobSeekers Forum
    Best of luck!

    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.

    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

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  3. the hippo

    the hippo Established commenter Community helper

    I do think that you are being a bit negative, TheoGriff. Having been teaching for nearly thirty years, both in the UK and in international schools, I cannot think of one lesson that I have ever taught that was completely and totally 100% original. Teachers are always borrowing, cadging and scrounging ideas for lessons from wherever they can find them, surely? Of course a good teacher will always improve, adapt and change things around to suit their own abilities and those of their students, but even Shakespeare had his sources!
    Incidentally, the suggestion I made for the OP's poetry lesson was not my idea - I borrowed it from someone else and it worked really well with my Year 5 class (most of whom do not have English as their first language). With a bright Year 3/4 class, it should also make a great lesson, but it is up to the OP to adapt it and make it happen, if he or she thinks that it is appropriate.
    By the way, TheoGriff, if it "not appropriate for help to be given", why does the TES have thousands and thousand of online resources for teachers to use? Or maybe all of these online resources are clearly labelled "Not to be used for interview lessons"?

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