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Job observation/interview help!!

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by sgnqt17, Jun 15, 2018.

  1. sgnqt17

    sgnqt17 New commenter


    I have been invited for an observation and interview.

    The information I have been given is that I need to plan and deliver a 20 minute writing activity to a group of six, mixed ability (emerging 40-60months to secure 40-60months) Reception Year pupils.

    Any ideas of something exciting that I could do? This is my 3rd observation in looking for a job for my NQT year.

    I did have an idea of showing the children some videos of myself and friends dressed as pirate describing ourselves. The children would have them gone on to create a wanted poster, using describing words for their own pirate. However, after asking the school about the use of a computer, they said I cannot use theirs or take my own.

    I’m feeling a bit stressed and worried now, I was confident in the idea I had.

    Thanks in advance for any ideas!!
  2. sparkleghirl

    sparkleghirl Star commenter

    It's odd that they won't let you have a computer but maybe given that it's only 20 mins they want to see you interacting 'live' with the children - could you adapt your idea and show them photos instead of the pirates and do the voice descriptions yourself?
  3. sgnqt17

    sgnqt17 New commenter

    Yes I could do, I was just worried it wouldn’t be as exciting for the children just showing them pictures.
    20 minutes isn’t long for writing really, so trying to think of an activity where the children would produce something of good quality is quite difficult!
  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well your idea would still work without a computer. (I'm of a pre-computer generation where we always had to make our own Visual Aids.;))
    So you could add some props and 'dress yourself as a Pirate'. You could show the children the props one by one and ask them what they think you're going to be. So there's immediate talking and vocabulary suggestions. then have a bank of 8 by 4 cards and ask the children for suggestions of words to describe you. Write the words as they suggest them. Or even better get a TA to do so if one is available. :) then those words can be displayed as a Word Bank on a board.
    Then if whiteboards are available, failing that pencil and paper and children do a group 'picture of a Pirate and add vocabulary around to describe their group pirate. One child chosen to come out front and 'show and tell' about their pirate and in the plenary each child says which 'word' they liked best in their descriptions for LA and a short descriptive phrase/ sentence for more able..
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  5. sgnqt17

    sgnqt17 New commenter

    Thank you so much for your brilliant ideas! I love this!!
    I can probably make my own eye patch and pirate hat. Any ideas of any other DIY pirate props?

    When getting the children to write about the group pirate, would you suggest letting them write words independently or as more of a shared write?
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  6. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Some treasure?
    (Coins or ‘gold ‘ chains)

    Picture of a parrot? )Unless you’ve got a spare stuffed one hanging around);)
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  7. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    A parrot? piece of rope? wooden leg & crutch? black shirt & trousers? . . . . . possibly also some 'clues' toy boat', little sail', pirate flag for a reveal? Just seen lizziecat's ideas which are also good. :)

    As to
    Personally I would be encouraging all children to 'have a go' writing, even if it's only one word (they could use the Word Bank you've done earlier to copy from) and yes a shared write in groups.
  8. sgnqt17

    sgnqt17 New commenter

    Thank you! I also have a treasure chest so I’ll try and fit all my props in there.
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  9. sgnqt17

    sgnqt17 New commenter

    Great, thank you very much! In terms of a lesson objective, on my final placement in reception, these were just the statements from development matters. Is this the way other people get their learning objectives?

    Fingers crossed all goes well with this observation!
  10. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Not an Early Years specialist but found these from the 40-60 months objs.
    Uses some clearly identifiable letters to communicate meaning, representing some sounds correctly and in sequence.
    Attempts to write short sentences in meaningful contexts.

    and from Writing ELG
    Children use their phonic knowledge to write words in ways which match their spoken sounds. They also write some irregular common words. They write simple sentences which can be read by themselves and others. Some words are spelt correctly and others are phonetically plausible.
    There's also this resource on this site which might help you?
  11. sgnqt17

    sgnqt17 New commenter

    Yes those are what I would usually use as lesson objectives. I think I will probably stick to using those for my observation too.

    Thanks again.
  12. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Good luck and best wishes.
    Let us know how it goes.
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  13. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Yes we always like to hear back.
    Congratulate you if successful :D and commiserate if not. :(
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  14. sgnqt17

    sgnqt17 New commenter

    Sadly did not get the job. I got good feedback saying my lesson went went, the children were engaged and it was well organised. They also said my educational qualifications and references were very good.

    They said they had made the decision to go with someone with more experience in teaching rather than an NQT.

    Quite disappointed but onwards and upwards!!

    Thanks again for the help you gave me.
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  15. lizziescat

    lizziescat Star commenter

    Best wishes for the next one.
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  16. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Sorry you didn't get the post sgnqt17.

    Feedback was useful and will stand you in good stead for the next one.
  17. sgnqt17

    sgnqt17 New commenter

    Yes I hope so!

    It has been a year now since I graduated so in September I’ll be going into my second year of trying to get my first teaching job for my NQT year.

    I might look into applying for TA posts now as well. I could get more experience in school then to add to my applicationss. The teaching jobs advertised are slowly becoming less towards summer.

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