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Killer points when interviewers ask how you raise standards, pick up slack, engage learners ect?

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by z_a_39, Jul 9, 2020.

  1. z_a_39

    z_a_39 New commenter

    I mention things like
    * Drill past papers
    * Focus on the mark scheme and how they can tackle this
    * I show what the exams are looking for
    * Put strong learners next to weak ones to pick up the slack
    * Group work
    * Assessment for learning like no-hands questioning and mini whiteboards

    The interviewers end up saying these points are average at best and drilling past papers and focusing on mark schemes is not the correct way to raise exam grades. So what is?
     
  2. blueskydreaming

    blueskydreaming Lead commenter

    Let's say you have a child in your class who's desperate to get from a level 5, where they currently are, to a level 7 at GCSE. How would doing countless past papers help them achieve that goal? Put yourself in their shoes. What might they actually need from you in order to make their goal a reality? If there's another child also working at level 5, do they need to do the exact same things as the other student, in order to get to level 7? Why/not?

    Your first 3 points, above, are all about you, not the students. Try to change your perspective.

    Careful of your wording - 'pick up the slack'. Negative, and not student-centred.

    If you set group work, you might have just one child doing all the work. What could you do to prevent that?
     
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.
  3. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

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    This is being posted on multiple forums
     
    Lara mfl 05 likes this.

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