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Interview task help!

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by violetfaith, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. violetfaith

    violetfaith New commenter

    Hi everyone :)

    I have an interview on Tuesday for a Teaching Assistant role specifically Behaviour Support and have been asked to do the following with a group of 8 Year 7s (all boys):

    Lesson topic: Plan an activity in which the students practise the key skills of reading, speaking and listening and writing. For example, you may wish to ask students to read a short text of your choice, discuss it as a group and produce a short written response.

    Could anyone advise me on an appropriate piece of text for Y7s please? I've been working as a mentor so don't really have any experience of the above.

    Many thanks in advance :)
  2. minnie me

    minnie me Star commenter

    May be worth asking for the reading ages of the group with whom you will be working ? Assume nothing ! If you currently work in a school as a mentor then have a look at the curriculum / texts on offer on Y7 ? As a complete aside I always felt that mentors ( often called learning mentors ) were too isolated from classroom practice and in providing support outside of the classroom were not familar with the demands of it - make sense ? ( I used to provide piles of glossy car magazines in our KS3 Base which more often than not helped engage the students who were mostly boys with very challenging behaviours - as an exercise it was useful re motivation ( they wanted to read ) and social skills so encouraging speaking and listening of a different type. Not useful in the context of your interview but worth considering what kind of outcomes this task really demands)
  3. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Hi violetfaith. I agree with minnieme, it would definitely be useful to know that reading ages of the group you will be working with. Then you could go for a discussion on 'Are footballers paid too much?' If you google this, there is lots of info out there - articles, discussion threads, etc. If they are a low reading age group, there is a text about this in the old Year 5 'Further Literacy Support' materials, which is still available on line. Best of luck with the interview.
  4. violetfaith

    violetfaith New commenter

    Thank you guys :)

    I've decided to read the parable of the 'Two Wolves' with them and do some basic comprehension with them and get them to write their own responses. I have their C.A.T. scores which are all below average so I'm hoping the lesson I've planned is accessible for them.

    The role is a TA specifically for behaviour support so even though I know I shouldn't assume (!) I'm guessing it's a group of naughties so it's a mix of reflecting on their own behaviour whilst reading, speaking, listening and writing.

    Again, thank you so much

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