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Observed teaching for an interview

Discussion in 'Primary' started by missymorgan, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. Hi everyone,

    I have an interview at the beginning of next week where I have to do an observed teaching. The school is a school for children with social, emotional and behaviour disorders. I called to get more information about who I would be teaching but all they could tell me was that they cater for children aged 5-12 (didn't really narrow things down for me). I only have between 30 mins and 45 mins and so was thinking of doing a stand alone writing lesson where we plan the writing but don't actually have to write as I do not know the children's ability.

    I was wondering if anyone either had any ideas of a topic I could do the writing lesson on (which would involve more discussion, role play etc rather than writing just to be on the safe side) or have any other ideas about what I could teach? I don't know what resources the school has either.

  2. Hi missymorgan,

    I would definitely stick to a stand alone lesson and try and steer clear from getting them to write anything! I'm an EBD teacher and even with a great relationship with my kids, getting them to write can be like getting blood out of a stone. Not always the case I know but certainly with my lot! Maybe some whiteboard stuff or a 'thought shower' might be a good start and definitely think about the support you will have in the classroom.
    I have in the past had year 2-7 all in one class and this can be a nightmare but do think out of the box - don't be too safe in your choices and be creative!
    If I were observing I would be looking out for use of support staff, being clear in reward and sanctions, patience and consistency. EBD is challenging, very emotional, hard work, tiring and stressful but can be so rewarding (even when you've had a day being punched, spat at and called a **** all day long!)
    Good luck and feel free to ask me more questions :)
  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    My standard advice in these cases is; to go with something you're confident in and passionate about. Possibly adapt or tweak something you've used in the past which went well?
    Not SEN specialist, but 30-45 mins whole class teaching with unknown children with 'social, emotional and behaviour disorders' might be pushing it?
    personally i would take in some picture stimuli which will then self-differentiate by the pupils themselves and you can discuss what they come up with as a class activity- good for making them feel good about themselves and you'll end on a good note hopefully.

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