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"Teach a Skill"

Discussion in 'Thinking of teaching' started by Boosid, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. Hi all,
    I have my Goldsmiths interview next week fpr Upper Primary PGCE and we have been asked to "Teach a Skill". We can teach any skill - it does not have to be related to the curriculum. We need to produce a written plan of what we are going to teach and prepare any resources that we may require. We will be teaching up to 4 other people and will have a maximum of ten minutes. We are required to leave our written plan with our tutor.
    I'm rather nervous about teaching a skill just because I want it to be fun, relevant and also demonstrate all your practical skills, like time management. I feel so much of this hinges on choosing just the right thing to present.
    I was planning to go for a skill that was really a bit more fun on the assumption that it is a test of how you teach something rather than what you are teaching. What do you think? My worry is that by picking something that isn't strictly educational that they may think that it isn't relevant despite that fact that they have specified it does not have to be related to the curriculum.
    I'm sure I'm just getting my knickers in a twist, but if anyone has any experience of this it would be great. I'm not looking for answers to what I should teach as I have a few ideas but I would like to hear people's suggestiong of what skills you they are likely to be looking for at this stage of the interview. I know a lot of places ask candidates to lead a guided reading session or talk about a KS2 book they have read so I imagine this is the equivilant sort of assessment so it would be good to hear people's experiences of this too if you have interviewed recently.
    Thanks!
     
  2. Hi all,
    I have my Goldsmiths interview next week fpr Upper Primary PGCE and we have been asked to "Teach a Skill". We can teach any skill - it does not have to be related to the curriculum. We need to produce a written plan of what we are going to teach and prepare any resources that we may require. We will be teaching up to 4 other people and will have a maximum of ten minutes. We are required to leave our written plan with our tutor.
    I'm rather nervous about teaching a skill just because I want it to be fun, relevant and also demonstrate all your practical skills, like time management. I feel so much of this hinges on choosing just the right thing to present.
    I was planning to go for a skill that was really a bit more fun on the assumption that it is a test of how you teach something rather than what you are teaching. What do you think? My worry is that by picking something that isn't strictly educational that they may think that it isn't relevant despite that fact that they have specified it does not have to be related to the curriculum.
    I'm sure I'm just getting my knickers in a twist, but if anyone has any experience of this it would be great. I'm not looking for answers to what I should teach as I have a few ideas but I would like to hear people's suggestiong of what skills you they are likely to be looking for at this stage of the interview. I know a lot of places ask candidates to lead a guided reading session or talk about a KS2 book they have read so I imagine this is the equivilant sort of assessment so it would be good to hear people's experiences of this too if you have interviewed recently.
    Thanks!
     
  3. I would imagine the skill you choose is pretty much irrelevant, it is the way you go about teaching it, how you explain it, how you make it interesting and engage people in the activity, what resources you use etc. Think, rhymes that help people remember methods, modelling the correct way to do things, breaking it down into managable stages etc etc. I haven't had my interview yet (it's tomorrow) so i'm hardly qualified to advise but that would be my interpretation.
     

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