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Interview on Friday for a FT teacher at a special school

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by Clodhop, Nov 24, 2015.

  1. Clodhop

    Clodhop New commenter

    Hi all,

    As above, I have an interview shortly and am a little unsure as to what to teach during the observation. I am from a secondary and primary background and haven't taught in a special school before.

    The only information I have been given is:
    - teach a maths activity of 20 minutes to 4 chn
    - pupils are a mixture of ages from yr 2-6, similar cognitive needs
    - ranges from P5-P8
    - they have a range of learning difficulties, including speech and communication
    - build on prior knowledge and extend into new learning ( not told prior learning)

    I'm at a bit of a loss as to what to do,

    Any tips, greatly appreciated!
  2. sofia_sen

    sofia_sen Occasional commenter

    Congratulations on securing an interview!
    As for the topic... There is quite a big difference between a P5 and a P8 student! And not knowing anything about their prior knowledge is not helping either...

    I think the easiest would be around shapes where you could have students sorting big and small (p5), making patterns, identifying shapes or describing shapes (p8). There are quite a lot of songs to start the lesson with.
    I think numbers will be harder because a P5 in number might just know there is something called 1 and 2 and P8 is doing simple additions so that gap is very wide.
  3. Clodhop

    Clodhop New commenter

    Thank you, Sanneme,

    I posted a response, which seems to have disappeared!

    With such a short timescale from P level information to obs, taken ' number' Into account, sorry.

    Currently not working in ' education', thus, don't even talk to me re accessible SEND resources, or any resources, for that matter!

    Shall Osborb all grateful advice, tomorrow.
  4. sofia_sen

    sofia_sen Occasional commenter

    If somebody would be in my class for an interview, I would look for the personalisation. There should be a clearly different activity for the p5 and the p8 student.
    If you would like to use number (did I get that right from your reply?) maybe start with a familiar counting song and work around there. You could have students pointing at the numbers, interactingn in the song (push a monkey off the bed for example) and then you could have students identifying the numbers, matching them to another set of numbers, sequencing them, act out the song themselves, etc :).

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