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What are observers looking for when you teach a mixed-ability class?

Discussion in 'PSHE' started by z_a_39, Jul 3, 2020.

  1. z_a_39

    z_a_39 New commenter

    When you teach a mixed-ability class at interview, what are the main things that interviewers and observers are looking for to tick off the boxes?

    What kind of activities do you use, and what points of lesson planning do you put in place to ensure you are covering all bases?

    Thanks in advance.

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    I would think they're looking for activities which stretch all those in the class. They want to see that you know your students' strengths and weaknesses, that you can encourage the stronger to help the less strong. Your activities are engaging and that students leave your room buzzing from the lesson.
    If you're doing it tat interview, present activities in terms of challenges and allow those who are not so confident to choose but also recommend they try something a bit outside comfort zone later.

    Remember, we're all mixed ability at something !
  3. z_a_39

    z_a_39 New commenter

    So really, when you do activities, and stuff, they are just looking for it to cater to all abilities, and provide "stretch and challenge" activities for the most-able students?

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    Yup. The secret (not so-secret) is to sign post the observer to what you're doing, get them involved as well....
  5. z_a_39

    z_a_39 New commenter

    Can you give an example?

    ACOYEAR8 Star commenter

    If you use the take-away menu idea of challenge, you can ensure they have a well-rounded meal ?
    You need to mention this overtly in your Teacher Talk, perhaps even invite the observer to say what 'mix' they've chosen ?

  7. z_a_39

    z_a_39 New commenter

    Do you pyramid up during the lesson? Like set the learning objectives at the start like L1 is understand, L2 is describe, and L3 is explain?

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