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Interview Lesson

Discussion in 'English' started by LaraWilson92, Jan 9, 2016.

  1. LaraWilson92

    LaraWilson92 New commenter

    I've been asked to do a lesson for KS3 on either similes,personification or metaphors but to pick one and teach it for 30mins.
    Any suggestions? I feel under so much pressure to come up with something exciting and amazing. I worry I am overthinking also but any ideas would be welcomed.

  2. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    What are your ideas so far?
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter



    I have deleted your posts, but sent you a copy of them in a Conversation, so you haven't lost it completely.

    You can find the Conversations by clicking on your small avatar top right of the screen.

    I deleted them because it isn't a good idea to post on a public forum details of an interview lesson, or presentation. And that's why it's not a good idea, either to give ideas for interview lessons either.

    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.

    Best wishes

  4. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    You will need to be flexible. No point in spending ages teaching them what a metaphor is if they just did a lesson on it last week and can tell you with examples.
  5. LaraWilson92

    LaraWilson92 New commenter

    Yeah I am going to try to be,I just feel so stressed about it all that I'm struggling to even get a basic frame down for this lesson but hopefully it will all fall into place. I'm hoping they havent done it before,but going to make the lesson just elaborate on it..
  6. Lalad

    Lalad Star commenter

    If they are KS3, they will certainly have covered all three at some point during their primary education, so it will be more a question of expanding on the basics and applying their knowledge and understanding.

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