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Interview lesson- what to choose?!

Discussion in 'New teachers' started by lottielou265, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. HI everyone,
    I'm a SCITT trainee and I have my first interview next week. As expected, I have a lesson observation in the morning and then an interview in the afternoon. First of all, how long does the actual interview section normally last? (I'm travelling from Newcastle to London for the interview and want to get an idea about return journey times!)
    And secondly, the school has given me complete free rein over what lesson I teach, and I need some advice!
    It's going to be in Year 4, 23 pupils, with a wide range of ability. My specialist subject is History, and I talked about it in my personal statement. Do you think I should go for a literacy or numeracy lesson, or should I push the boat out and go for a non-core subject?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. HI everyone,
    I'm a SCITT trainee and I have my first interview next week. As expected, I have a lesson observation in the morning and then an interview in the afternoon. First of all, how long does the actual interview section normally last? (I'm travelling from Newcastle to London for the interview and want to get an idea about return journey times!)
    And secondly, the school has given me complete free rein over what lesson I teach, and I need some advice!
    It's going to be in Year 4, 23 pupils, with a wide range of ability. My specialist subject is History, and I talked about it in my personal statement. Do you think I should go for a literacy or numeracy lesson, or should I push the boat out and go for a non-core subject?
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
  3. Assume you'll be there till at least the end of the school day - 4 or 5 might be more realistic. They will know where you're from and should be understanding if you need to leave at a sensible time. If they don't get this then this wouldn't be the kind of school I would want to work in! - remember that you have to happy with THEM as well as them with you.

    Teach something you are comfortable with, although clearly with History it is easy to make a literacy element obvious. Make sure you have resources which can support the LA but will also stretch the top end. Be sure to plan plenty, so that if they complete work more quickly than you envisage you are not left dragging things out, but be comfortable not covering everything. Be ready to justify and explain your lesson in interview.

    Oh, and good luck from a Secondary NQT with limited interview experience!
     
  4. welshwizard

    welshwizard Established commenter Forum guide

    Interview lessons are not the places to experiment. The observers want to see solid teaching and you need to convince them of your potential. Stick to what you know works- look at the feedback on your lessons you have received and use it! Also don't forget that it is your interaction with the children that is essential
     

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