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Year 3 interview...strictly theme?

Discussion in 'Workplace dilemmas' started by powerpuff83, Oct 5, 2015.

  1. powerpuff83

    powerpuff83 New commenter

    i have an interview soon for a year 3 position, teaching a maths lesson of my own choice.
    Firstly, anything hot right now for year 3 maths?
    And, would some kind of strictly come dancing theme go down well? I know several kids this age who would be intersted in the show, so wondering if this could be a fun idea to run with?
    Basicslly, do year 3 pupils watch strictly?
    Thank you!
  2. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    My advice is to keep it fairly simple. If you try something flamboyant and new you are taking a big risk. Look at the new NC for KS2 maths and build your lesson around an objective. I would plan a lesson that is based on small group investigation, using manipulatives (cubes, 3D shapes, unifix, coins etc).

    Some Year 3 children might watch Strictly if they are keen dancers, but I would have said it's more of an older persons choice of programme. X factor might be more their style.
  3. powerpuff83

    powerpuff83 New commenter

    Thats great advice, thank you.
  4. pepper5

    pepper5 Star commenter

    Agree completely with snowy...keep it simple and look up the new curriculum. How about something involving the minions?
    snowyhead likes this.
  5. scienceteachasghost

    scienceteachasghost Lead commenter

    I agree. Interview lessons are NOT the time to go leftfield. Sadly, they are more likely to employ someone with a boring bog standard 'solid' lesson than something a little original.
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  6. snowyhead

    snowyhead Lead commenter

    Definitely be original - as in don't download a lesson from a teaching resources website, but as STG says, you don't need to showboat to get the job. I would imagine that most head teachers are looking for someone who gets on with the children (a safe pair of hands, if you like) and someone who can plan and teach consistently well.

    Good luck.
  7. stmha

    stmha Established commenter

    Think about the quality of the learning rather than the quality of the teaching. Lots of interviewees feel under pressure to do an all singing all dancing lesson and this can backfire. Create a picture of what you want the children to be able to do by lessons end and then break it up into smaller bitesize chunks.

    These work for me

    • Build in 'thinking time'
    • Reciprocal work - get A to teach B
    • Avoid questioning single student engage everyone with your questioning
    • encourage student decision making

    good luck
  8. powerpuff83

    powerpuff83 New commenter

    Thank you everyone.
    Am going for a half-traditional, half-fun lesson, with the help of some cheeky minions on the board! good advice everyone.

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