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Interview - Please Help!

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

  1. CosmicStar

    CosmicStar New commenter

    I have an interview this week where I have a 30 min session to teach maths problem solving and to get the children started on a task, I do have lots of ideas but cant think of anything that would STAND OUT and work in a short time scale with a set of year 3/4 children that I've never met before. I would quite like to wow the interview team. Thanks you for your help.
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done for getting that interview!

    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 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

  3. gemmamarie08

    gemmamarie08 New commenter

    Have you got any lessons that you have done before on this subject and that have gone well?

    If you have then my advice would be to adapt obe of those things for your interview.

    I recently had a successful interview and the lesson I gave was a variation on something I had done before. I felt it really helped me to feel confident in the lesson and also confident in being able to evaluate it for the panel afterwards. It was by far the best interview lesson I have given because I felt happy with the lesson plan.

    Unfortunately, I can't help with content because I don't teach primary (or Maths for that matter!) and I'm by no means an expert but I would say, pick one of your ideas and feel confident with it!

    Also, don't worry if things don't go exactly to plan on the day - I thought mine had gone terribly because I had to cut one of the activities due to timing and because the children weren't as familiar with the subject as I thought they would be. I justified my decision on my evaluation and it must have been ok because I got the job!

    Good luck with your interview!
  4. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I can honestly say that in all my years of interviewing candidates for teaching posts no candidate ever managed to "Wow" the panel. This is because (a) great teachers make it look simple when children demonstrate learning and (b) we knew perfectly well that candidates can easily try to fake it in a sample lesson, usually by asking other people for their ideas about what they should do. Heads also want someone who will deliver good teaching on a regular basis in the classroom, not someone who needs to take ideas from others.

    Unfortunately, it always shows when someone has taken an idea from someone else, rather than using (as @gemmamarie08 suggests) ideas which you have used before and found worked for you.

    Use Theo's fantastic advice and also that offered by gemmamarie08.

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