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Interview - no lesson obs?

Discussion in 'Independent' started by watson17, Jan 31, 2020.

  1. boxer20

    boxer20 New commenter

    I've been invited to an interview at an independent school.

    A lesson obs it not part of the day - is this usual?

    I'm a little confused by this!

  2. Skeoch

    Skeoch Star commenter

    We all know that lesson observations as part of an interview are unreliable, though we may all think that they seem on the surface to be appropriate.
    One I can remember was perfect for identifying the wrong candidate among the applicants, because he clearly didn't know the topic he was trying to teach. Another worked out well because the candidate spotted and successfully dealt with the class buffoon in the first 30 seconds. As for the rest - not sure they told me anything much. Current HT's reference will tell a lot more about the candidate's teaching ability and achievements, I think.
  3. hhhh

    hhhh Lead commenter

    I've had a couple of interviews involving no teaching- it's a very 'fake' situation anyway. The only times I found it useful were when I was left to teach the class without 3 SMT in the room, as when anything is observed, it is changed, and the students don't react in a 'real' way. The students at one college had a huge impact on the selection process, which is flattering when they pick you, although one did later say that she'd voted for the fit young male teacher over me! Sigh. On the other hand, in one school the class was terribly behaved while the HT/DHT were observing-I withdrew thinking that if that was them at their best...
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  4. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    It can be useful to pick a topic not yet covered for the 'lesson' then get the outgoing tutor/subject specialist who knows the students and their abilities/challenges to do a quick knowledge check on what students retained and levels of understanding after the lesson, that can be quite informative since you'd want them to come away with at least one or two things they can recall or understand wouldn't you?
  5. caterpillartobutterfly

    caterpillartobutterfly Star commenter

    Ahhhh the good old days....I remember them.
    Did no teaching at interviews for about the first ten years of my career.
    Much more time efficient.
  6. br0wnsugar

    br0wnsugar Occasional commenter

    Wow, you were lucky, I guess? I thought it was standard. I always feel that teaching at interviews is just a tick box exercise and just a way to reduce the candidates. I think student panels are better and maybe some kind of in tray exercise plus one to one interviews more productive.
  7. docHolliday

    docHolliday New commenter

    I taught a sixth form class in one interview. I didn't get the job. In the feedback the head of department said he couldn't visualize me teaching a younger class. Confusing!
  8. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    My experience, too, in the 1990s.

    I liked the alternative I saw described on here, where the group's regular teacher started the lesson and gave a task, and the interview candidates each worked with a group. That gives plenty of chance to observe how they interact with pupils and the subject, without asking people to plan for an unknown class, and without that question of who actually wrote the lesson plan, and whether they practised it yesterday in their current school.

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