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Subject Knowledge at interview?

Discussion in 'Science' started by Cosmic_Rainbow, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. Cosmic_Rainbow

    Cosmic_Rainbow New commenter

    Hi

    When i was interviewed for my PGCE i was asked several questions which tested my subject knowledge. is this likely to happen when im interviewed for teaching position or will they just focus on my teaching style/ethos and how i would deal with different situations
     
  2. Cosmic_Rainbow

    Cosmic_Rainbow New commenter

    Hi

    When i was interviewed for my PGCE i was asked several questions which tested my subject knowledge. is this likely to happen when im interviewed for teaching position or will they just focus on my teaching style/ethos and how i would deal with different situations
     
  3. When I was interviewed for HoD I was asked how I'd teach 2nd Law of Thermodynamics to Y13. Whenever I interviewed for a "physics teacher" I would ask them how they would teach Newton's 3rd Law to a Y10 high ability group.
    If you don't know, and love, your subject, don't expect to get a job.
    OK, I did appoint once someone who gave a very weak answer, but we were desperate. I did check their subject knowledge prior to each topic and gave 1-2 hours of CPD if needed.
    For Biology posts I would expect much more, because they were that much more available. I "persuaded" a Biology student to give up half-way through their 2nd placement with us because they just were not up to teaching their subject. PGCE tutors cannot vouch for everybody and everything.
    Throughout your career, look for opportunities to expand your subject knowledge, your knowledge of other areas and your ability to practise. We should be involved in EDUCATION and the phrase £you never stop learning" is very true.
     
  4. ScienceGuy

    ScienceGuy Established commenter

    Like physics suits you, when interviewing I would always ask a candidate how they would teach a particular topic. This would vary and often would not be part of theri specialism e.g. I might ask a physicist how they would teach respiration to a middle ability Yr 8 class, as I have mainly interviewed for general science posts and would be looking for an all round knowledge of science.
    When I was applying for my first job I was asked to balance an equation, identify the coloured product and give a possible use for another product (as part of an interview from hell!) but usually any subject knowledge questions are linked to how you would teach a topic.
     
  5. I was once sat down in front of the old CHM6 synoptc multiple choice paper and asked questions from it!
     
  6. For one of my interviews (teacher of chemistry post) I wasn't really asked that much to probe my subject knowledge. The full lesson I had to teach for interview was about the Haber process - the reasoning given was along the lines of, this is one of the hardest topics to teach, so if I could cope with that well I should be fine with the rest of it.
    For the other (teacher of biology post) I was asked fairly extensive questions on how I would teach various things, especially at higher-level - one thing I remember well was transpiration. Nothing too taxing, just required me to know the subject and be creative with no prep.

     
  7. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    I hope your coaching is better than your grammar, you sound like a spam emailer.
    I must be unusual I guess as I've never been asked any subject knowledge questions that I recall in many interviews in more than 20 years.
     
  8. [​IMG]
    Standurds int wot thay ust ter bee.
    I guess when we started, the only foreign teachers in England were Welsh! [​IMG] However, there is now a much greater ethnicity and I know this brings a much broader experience to the wider population. However, sometimes the phrasing of comments brings a smile to my face, and it certainly prepares folk for conversations with Call Centres.
    Perhaps jennifer was just in a hurry? See certainly seems to have disappeared from this thread.
     
  9. Mangleworzle

    Mangleworzle Star commenter

    It was a spammer, single post and link to some crummy website about "coaching". Actually the english in the post was better than on the website.
     

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