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Teaching Assistant Interview Task

Discussion in 'Teaching assistants' started by schandler5, Jan 16, 2017.

  1. schandler5

    schandler5 New commenter

    I've been offered an interview for a ta/smsa role tomorrow and I've been asked to plan & prepare a writing activity to deliver to a mixed group of KS2 children based on a stimulus of my choice which should last for 20 minutes and I'm really struggling with a topic. I was going to use a Roald Dahl book (re-create Georges Marvellous Medicine) but I can't find my childrens copy so I can't use that anymore.
    I would be grateful for any ideas.

    Also any help with nerves? I've worked with children as a childminder but not in an education setting, I've just helped at my childrens primary school so I'm very nervous.
  2. sunshineneeded

    sunshineneeded Star commenter

    Twenty minutes is not a long time; you would barely get started using a book! How about using a picture of a character, or an animal. Have a quick chat about what they can see then collect a list of nouns (with the children) you would use to describe the character. For example, if you used a witch - hat, hair, nose, eyes, skin. Work with the children to create a sentence about one noun; ask them for adjectives and come up with something like: dull, greyish skin, crinkled like old paper. Then get the children to come up with their own description for the other features.
    If you chose an image of a lion, you would be using nouns like fur, mane, tail, paws, eyes.
    Hope this helps - best of luck tomorrow.
    pickles124 likes this.
  3. chocolateworshipper

    chocolateworshipper Occasional commenter

    Hope it went well - sorry I didn't see this in time to offer advice

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