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Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by hartless, May 20, 2011.
What are the most popular questions that are asked at an interview for a Main Scale Maths interview?
I remember being asked "What's the point of differential equations?" in my first ever interview. I didn't get the job.
My second interview was at a secondary modern in Essex where the furniture dated back to Mr Chips and the resource cupboard contained only a Christmas tree. I was asked "Why are you withdrawing from the interview?". I told them.
Are you willing to be Head of Music or RE within a year of joining us?
What qualities do you bring to the role?
Why do you want to be a Mathematics teacher?
How do you engage disaffected students?
Be prepared for a question on safeguarding too.
Tell me about a good lesson you have taught.
Tell me about a bad lesson you have taught.
If I observed one of your lessons how would I see that progress is being made.
Most popular one round our way is:
When can you start...?
I always ask something like: "Why do you think students should study Maths?" or "Why do you decide to teach Maths rather than subject X?" Maybe I'm a bit odd, but if the answer is something about how useful maths is for the workplace, etc., I tend to see that as a big negative.
I don?t see how that could possibly be negative as maths is used, at least implicitly, in virtually every work situation and is absolutely essential for many jobs/professions, although I can think of one or two other equally important reasons. Agreed that you might be looking for something a little more original for why someone chose to teach maths.
I can see those as reasons for learning maths but not for teaching it!
I was asked to convince the interviewer that I had a love of/passion for maths.
... hold the front pages!
Maths is seen as quite a dry subject. How would you make it engaging for students?