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NQT Interview Lesson- Help Needed!

Discussion in 'Primary' started by shin-nead, Apr 30, 2019.

  1. shin-nead

    shin-nead New commenter

    Hi,

    I'm just been invited to an interview on Friday. I'll be observed on a 30 minute activity of my choice with 22 Year 2 children. I have never taught Year 2 in my life and have only taught Year 1 for a small number of weeks. To say I am terrified is an understatement!

    I'm thinking along the lines of Maths as I think its more cut and dry and I know I want to get the kids working together and possibly moving around a little bit.

    Any Ideas would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Kartoshka

    Kartoshka Established commenter

    As you won't know the children and their abilities, and especially as you haven't taught Year 2 before, I would advise you to plan your lesson like this:
    1) Choose a curriculum objective to base your activity on, and think of an activity to match it
    2) Plan two alternative activities - one that's slightly easier than the original idea, and one that's more challenging
    3) Think of a quick 'starter' activity that you can use to ascertain prior knowledge about the curriculum objective; once you meet the children, you'll use the 'starter' to quickly figure out whether your original idea is a suitable level or not

    Although thinking of three ideas is quite a lot of preparation, you'll go into your interview feeling confident that, whatever happens, you have a plan. If the starter activity shows you that the children have no idea what you're talking about (ie. you pitched the lesson too high), you won't have to panic - you can just use your slightly easier idea. On the other hand, if the starter activity shows you that the children clearly know how to do this already, you can pull out the more challenging activity. Knowing you won't have to think on your feet should help you approach the interview more calmly and come across more confidently.

    Good luck!
     
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  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

  4. sulkydame

    sulkydame New commenter

    What's really important too is afterwards, when you are invariably asked about your lesson in your interview, make sure you show you are reflective. Don't pretend everything was amazing, interviewers are looking for teachers who are able to reflect on what they would do better and what tomorrow's lesson would look like too. Being able to talk about a good learning journey and progressing skills to a good outcome is important too. Good luck.
     
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