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Interview lesson ... ideas please!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by k33jne, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. k33jne

    k33jne New commenter

    I've got an interview which is great but I now have the task of planning a 30min observed lesson with 11 year olds ... the given lesson is 'an aspect of grammar' any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done for getting that interview, @k33jne! You have already impressed them.

    N.B. Next time, don't post a question about this sort of thing on the Welcome thread, but on Jobseekers forum. This Welcome forum is for general help with using the forums. Just scroll down the forum list to find the other forums, including Jobseekers.

    But since you are here, I'll answer here!

    Bad news first. :)

    For the ideas, we have a policy NOT to give ideas or suggestions for interview lessons.

    Not because we are mean and unkind, but because it just isn't wise.

    If we gave you ideas, another candidate might see them, and do the very same thing! Don't think it would never happen - one Head once had 4 - FOUR! - candidates do a lesson which had been suggested on the Primary Forum in response to a request for suggestions for an interview lesson. She recognised it.

    Wouldn't matter if she hadn't, because the four of them doing the same thing sort of gave things away. :)

    And best not to use something from the TES Resources either, for your interview.

    Another True Story: a Deputy Head asked a candidate to explain the rationale behind the materials and lesson used, and enquired specifically how they had been devised. She wasn't too impressed by the floundering answer. No wonder: the lesson and materials had been devised entirely by the Deputy Head herself, and posted on TES Resources! :):)

    So the sensible rule is: nothing from the internet for an interview. The Head wants to see how YOU can plan and deliver a lesson, even though you may well use other materials on a day-t-day basis. they want to see what you can manage on your own. I'm sure that you can really, you are just suffering from nerves!

    Instead of thinking first of the learning activities, you really need to think Objectives? In other words, what do you want them to learn? That must be the starting point.

    Start by thinking of a really good lesson that you have given in the past. What was it that made it so successful? Bear that in mind.

    Then think of the objectives of your observed lesson. You will need the right objectives for this age group, but make sure that you have high expectations, yet are prepared to be flexible if you have got the level wrong. How will you (a) achieve these objectives and (b) show that they have been achieved? Progress is important, so show it. Then look back at your best class - is there anything there that could help achieve the objectives.

    Then work on from that . . . including one or two lines at the end of how you would develop this work in follow-up lessons, perhaps.

    Here are the links to the interview advice articles in the Professional Advice Hub. I have included links to things that are not relevant to you, for the benefit of other posters.

    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

    On here we have a very nice tradition that when you actually get a job, you go to Jobseekers and start 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.

    Make sure you congratulate someone when you see a thread like that!

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

    Best wishes

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  3. k33jne

    k33jne New commenter

    What helpful advice, thank you so much! Apologies for posting in the wrong place ... I'll remove it.
    Hopefully I will be able to post in the correct place with good news :)
  4. gemmamarie08

    gemmamarie08 New commenter

    I can't help with content because I don't teach English, however, I've very recently had a successful interview so I can give my own general advice.

    Firstly, if you can, do something you have done before or a variation of something you have done before. I did this for my successful interview and it really helped me to relax and feel confident with the lesson.

    Don't worry if not everything goes to plan - as long as you can evaluate the lesson! I thought mine had gone really badly as I had to cut part of the task due to time but I put my reasoning in my evaluation - it must have been ok because I got the job!

    Finally (and Theo has probably mentioned this) don't use anything from the internet for your lesson in case the panel recognise it or another candidate does the same!

    Good luck with your interview
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