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Maths Interview Lesson

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by roxtar, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Hi,
    I am a student teacher and have my first interview lined up this week (I am secondary maths). I have the topic, which I have taught before, so am feeling quite confident with that. However, I am concerned about the timings. I have a 30 minute lesson to teach, but how do I know where the children are at? It is usual for the children to have an understanding of the topic already, and I am supposed to see this and then push their learning forward with extension activities?
    Or is it likely to be a completely new topic to the class? (the topic is straight line graphs).
    Any help appreciated! Thank you,
    Louise
     
  2. Hi,
    I am a student teacher and have my first interview lined up this week (I am secondary maths). I have the topic, which I have taught before, so am feeling quite confident with that. However, I am concerned about the timings. I have a 30 minute lesson to teach, but how do I know where the children are at? It is usual for the children to have an understanding of the topic already, and I am supposed to see this and then push their learning forward with extension activities?
    Or is it likely to be a completely new topic to the class? (the topic is straight line graphs).
    Any help appreciated! Thank you,
    Louise
     
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Generally advice is not to give ideas on interviews, as two people might end up doing the same lesson at interview & how bad would that make you look?
    However you ask some sensible questions which must be confusing for an NQT.
    So; how could you assess children's knowledge & then ensure the students progress during your specimen lesson? You've probably got the answer to that, it's just putting your knowledge into a different context.
    A 30 mins 'lesson' would obviously not allow you to include all the essential parts, so do your planning for a full lesson, & then decide which parts allow you to showcase your abilities as a teacher.
    You could check online in the NC requirements whether an average yr x is expected to have met striaght line graphs before.
     
  4. Thanks for advice. I think because this is my first interview, I am really not sure what to expect and getting worried about it! I will just have to assess their knowledge at the beginning and see what they already know, having a few ideas up my sleeve for extension activities! Thanks
     
  5. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Well done lou 447. That's the way to get a job. Have confidence in your own abilities.
     
  6. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter

    Well done for getting that interview - no mean feat when you consider that there are more applicants than ever before, trying for fewer jobs.
    And some excellent advice from Lara and response from you. I'll just add two things:
    1) Go to the Welcome thread and read the Interview clickables - they'll help with general preparation.
    2) When you get the job, start a new thread called Dear Theo - I got that job!. You then get a star for achievement!
    Best wishes

    ____________________________________________________________
    TheoGriff. Member of the TES Careers Advice Service.
    The TES Careers Advice service runs seminars and workshops, one-to-one careers and applications advice, one-to-one interview coaching and an application review service.
    I do Application and Interview one-to-ones, and also contribute to the Job Application Workshops. We look at application letters, executive summaries and interviews.
    The next Workshops I'm doing that still have vacancies are on Sunday 13th and Friday 25th February. There is also a specialist Workshop for applications to SLT on Saturday February 19th.
    Go to https://www.tes.co.uk/article.aspx?storyCode=6060678 for more details of these and other seminars.
    Look forward to seeing you!
     

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