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The Best Possible Chance!

Discussion in 'Physical education' started by stopwatch, Jun 14, 2011.

  1. stopwatch

    stopwatch Occasional commenter

    As a Head of PE I would say the most important things I would value in a prospective employee are:
    1) The ability to teach a range of activities to a range of ages. The ability to pick up new skills quickly.
    2) Excellent organisational skills
    3) A passion for the subject which they could convince me they could put across to children and inspire them to want to do physical activity
    4) Initiatiative (ie not having to be spoon fed and constantly monitored for everything) and innovative thinking.
    5) Tact and diplomacy/emotional intelligence/ability to maintain good relationships across the board ( a quiet confidence is also nice).
    6) A willingness to give time to their job.
    Anything else is a bonus.
     
  2. I'm being harsh here but am amazed at how many posters are asking others for ideas on what to do at their interview, whole lesson plans etc etc. A freshly qualified prospective teacher must surely have some bright new ideas to share with their new school, not hope the old timers will 'spoon feed' them through their interview. :(
     
  3. Thanks for your considered reply!
    It's so helpful to have an idea of what qualities are considered most important. I just have to find an interview now so that can use your tips to present the best me!
     

  4. I think that half of the issue is that because of the lack of jobs, when people are failing at interview they assume that what they did is wrong and so seek out advice from those with more experience.
    Are interviews really the place to display 'bright new ideas'? From my experience taking that approach is a massive gamble, especially when there is so much competition for roles!
     
  5. stopwatch

    stopwatch Occasional commenter

  6. superkev84.
    When I got my first PE job, years ago, my HOD expected me to have loads of 'fresh new ideas' to widen her lessons/plans etc. Straight out of college I did have 'new' ideas, different knowledge, skills, experience. A department will be looking for a new member who can compliment and add to what they already do. What I meant by 'bright new ideas' was something you feel confident with but may be new to the school you are hoping to join; not trying something you've never done before.
     
  7. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit New commenter

    "New ideas"
    Stoppers and I are old enough to remember them the first time round! [​IMG]
     
  8. Me too!
     
  9. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Lead commenter

    re- inventing the wheel is at epidemic level.
    Just to be a spectre at the feast...... I would expect a knowledge of when to use less and fewer too. I am in despair at the number of people who make errors in English grammar .Misuse of less and fewer is at that epidemic level. Just because we are PE specialists please don't play into the hands of the scoffers by being charactures of PE jocks.
     
  10. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit New commenter

    Oh, dear! You should have checked your own post before writing that; and, by the way, it's "caricature" (from the Latin "carricare" - to load)
     
  11. This is written ironically, surely?
     
  12. I thought it more 'pompously'.
    So tail tucked well away, I would say.
     
  13. I totally agree with this.
    Tips on an interview lesson? Surely if you are a teacher you should be capable of planning and delivering your own lessons?
     
  14. I agree. I started this thread because I wanted to get a more holistic idea of what those hiring staff look for in prospective teachers. I didn't ask for, and nor do I seek teachers to essentially plan my interview lessons for me! (I'd need an interview first, anyway!)
     
  15. Well like too many teachers (both old and new) I have failed to secure a post for September. In the opinion of those here, what things would make a PE teachers CV standout more (I'm thinking coaching courses, different experiences etc)? I hope that this time next year I can be thanking you all for helping me get a job!!
     
  16. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Lead commenter

    Oh dear...... and to think that I am/was a linguist. That will teach me to post when tired. I just felt that as the whole world pokes fun at PE teachers for being dumb it might be an idea if the basics were done correctly. I am being told by some that "Practice" and" Practise" should be interchangeable (does that mean "Advice " and "Advise" are so too?) I would be wary of any application with basic grammtical errors is all. I can only think that I was wistfully thinking of charcuteries for the forthcoming hols..... as we teachers head to France.
    PS I didn't mean to sound pompous, am just frustrated at getting nowhere over remonstrating with Asda that their notice re "10 items or less" is wrong!
     
  17. HelenREMfan

    HelenREMfan Lead commenter

    I am sorry to hear that the situation is so dire and sorry again to present only pessimism in here but this current government is set on fragmenting the teaching profession. They will set up autonomous schools....remove national pay scales etc etc. Do we really think that HTs will rush to employ PE specialists and pay them an appropriate salary when they can get cover supervisors et Uncle Tom Cobbley et al to run games and PT lessons? (Note I used PT) We sat back and allowed cost cutting/financial dictats so amalgamating the Boy and Girl PE depts usually with the erosion of one post as the depts amalgamated.
    To stand out....well one would have to appear...it seems to me...to be extremely cheap to employ.
     
  18. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit New commenter

    Practice = Noun
    Practise = Verb (can also be an adjective)
    Advice = Noun
    Advise = Verb
    <h1>I bet I had as little success in Carrefour in Cairo when I tried to point out that the sign should say that the sound system had 'twin deck' and not 'twin d1ck' cassettes as you had with ASDA</h1>
     
  19. bigfatgit

    bigfatgit New commenter

    What the... ?
    'I bet I had as little success in Carrefour in Cairo, when I tried to point out that the sign should say that the sound system had a 'twin deck' and not twin d1ck' cassettes, as you had with ASDA'
     

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