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Teaching Style Help

Discussion in 'NQTs and new teachers' started by jsykes91, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. jsykes91

    jsykes91 New commenter

    Hello All,

    I was wondering if anyone can help me or identify with something that happened to me in an interview today.

    I am a qualified Drama and Performing Arts teacher who is still looking for a permanent job in a secondary school and today I had an interview. The day went really well and the process was great however, my feedback was very odd.

    I was told that they had decided to advertise the role again and nobody had got the job (4 of us had interviews). However, they said I was very close to getting the position but they weren't 100% sure my teaching style would fit in with the department. I was told all the following areas were brilliant;

    Interview
    Student interview
    Cover Letter
    Students engaged with me and enjoyed my lesson...

    However, they felt that I maybe scared the young boys in the class by making them shimmy and dance during in a warm up? They had asked me to combine but Drama and Dance and the lesson had to be on Carnival...therefore I taught some Samba steps alas a whole class warm up.

    The main area they questioned was my teaching style, they said I am very strong willed and can come on too strong and this is something I need to consider whilst at interviews. Then they asked me to reapply for the position...this is what confused me.

    Has anyone even been told to reapply for a job or had their teaching style questioned? The students were fully engaged in my lesson and every other aspect of the day went really well, I'm not sure if I can adapt my strong personality just to recieve a permanent job, do I sacrifice not being myself and trying to act as someone else?

    Thank you.
     
  2. mandala1

    mandala1 Occasional commenter

    Depends how much you want the permanent job and how much you value the feedback from your perspective employers (Teachers' Standard 8:4).
     
  3. Flere-Imsaho

    Flere-Imsaho Star commenter

    You're a Drama teacher. Interviews are a performance. Act.
     
  4. zackeckey

    zackeckey New commenter

    You could ask the school if you could could sit in on one of the Drama or Dance lessons to get a feel for what they are looking for, and based on that if you think your are capable of using a similar teaching style then you could reapply.
     
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  5. hammie

    hammie Lead commenter

    When you have future interview days, make sure you take the chance to go and watch lessons take place while you are there and walk aound the place during lessons and change over. Any decent school will expect you to do both, if they don't then leave at the earliest oppostunity during the day. And always go in for a pre visit if you possibly can.
     
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