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Year 4 lesson obs for interview - ideas please

Discussion in 'Primary' started by Madame Gondola, Jan 22, 2018.

  1. Madame Gondola

    Madame Gondola New commenter

    My son has an interview for a TA post. He has to deliver a 20 min session with a group of 8 Year 4's. He can choose any activity for any subject. Any ideas would be great!
     
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  2. Stiltskin

    Stiltskin Lead commenter

    Get him to think about what they are expecting to see from him from this exercise (it's not a teaching position).

    Then, play to his strengths. What subjects is he most comfortable with? If it's a few, then the core ones (English, Maths or Science) are always good to choose. Have a look at the National Curriculum, see what is being expected of Year 4's. Imagine then the teacher is teaching this and has identified a group that need support in understanding it. How could he support them? (I'd probably have a look online at activities/lessons that teachers have shared to get a feel for where it would sit).
     
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  3. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    We always advise people not to post actual ideas on a public forum, though less detailed advice such as @Stiltskin has provided is good.

    The role will involve 'supporting pupils with difficulties' so showing one can have a good rapport with students and an understanding of various difficulties will be helpful.

    A notebook to note down any observations during the activity would be useful to demonstrate he is aware of the learning taking place.
     
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  4. MosaiK

    MosaiK Occasional commenter

    Although this is not a teaching post, he will be expected to elicit some kind of progress from the pupils, so best pick something they are unlikely to have learnt before (check school website for learning programmes and pick a topic related to something they will learn later this year). if they haven't done it before it will be easier to demonstrate learning.
    I would suggest he prepares a discussion & challenge type activity which the pupils could attempt in pairs or in groups... the above idea on note-taking is great and if the pupils are working together he may find it easier to make notes than if the pupils face him and he has to give them his non-stop attention...
    Y4 can read and write (in theory!) so an activity that keeps the pupils active and 'doing something' as well as perhaps writing the odd word would be good. Get him to think outside the box, e.g. sequencing, pairing, props, pronunciation, new words and definitions (of any subject), picking out of a hat etc... He should enquire as to the ability of the pupils he will have in his group. Many schools like it if candidates enquire about ability prior to an interview lesson.
    Hope this helps, :)
     
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