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Poor student behaviour during an interview (sample lesson)

Discussion in 'Career clinic' started by Tactful_Teaching, Feb 4, 2016.

  1. Tactful_Teaching

    Tactful_Teaching New commenter


    This week I interviewed at a school and was gobsmacked by the students' behaviour. Despite my best efforts they wouldn't settle. I was simply dumbfounded because three teachers were in the room - the HOD, the 2i/c and another English teacher- yet the students' behaviour was reproachable. One teacher said to me "I don't know why they gave you the most challenging year 7 group" but that's not the point.

    I declined the job before it could even be offered - if it was even going to be.

    Is that standard now in interview lessons? Or was that just a school that's "good" on paper but underperforming in reality? I haven't interviewed for 10 years so I'm out of the loop.

    Any similar experiences? I just assumed that the presence of three known teachers would have instilled some fear in the class, but clearly not :/

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