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Thought I'd bring a few things together.
Firstly, here's an excellent How To Do It article:
Something about planning your lesson:
Aiming for outstanding? Here are some tips:
And then the book that helps you plan and deliver an observed lesson. Two points here: firstly I am NOT paid to recommend it (wish I were - I'd be rolling in it!), and secondly masses of posters who have bought the book on my recommendation say how good it is.
8910rebeccaThis book is superb. I am nearing the end of the 4 year BA and I cannot understand why I didn't buy it when I started the course!
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Thank you Theo, As useful excellent advice.
This was particularly useful.
TheoGriffFirstly, here's an excellent How To Do It article:http://newteachers.tes.co.uk/news/interview-lessons/45570
Onwards and UP
Annahabs, well done!
We have a tradition on here that when you get a job, you start a new thread called Dear Theo - I got that job!
This allows people to congratulate you, gives me a chance to award you the Sparkly Star, and provides hope for all other posters when they see it.
So we look forward to yours - start it now!
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Casper "Noooooo lost my copy of pimp your lesson- a friend borrowed it for an interview. Not sure where it is.
Phew found it:) "
So get reading and planning.
So sorry casper to hear you didn't get it. Pop along to see what I've posted on Flowers . . . thread for you.
I was unfortunate not to get an interview after teaching a pre-interview lesson last week at a school. I felt that i tried to keep my lesson simple so as to not go over the top and miss what i felt was the most important part - the learning. Anyway i feel it was maybe my timing that ruined me and because i tried to rush through then the kids didnt get it.
I have another interview next week and the topic allows itself to use a small video clip, it is a 30min lesson and the clip could be up to 5 mins long. What do you think about the use of video in interview lessons?? I can cut the clip if needed.
eamo83To all, I was unfortunate not to get an interview after teaching a pre-interview lesson last week at a school. I felt that i tried to keep my lesson simple so as to not go over the top and miss what i felt was the most important part - the learning. Anyway i feel it was maybe my timing that ruined me and because i tried to rush through then the kids didnt get it. I have another interview next week and the topic allows itself to use a small video clip, it is a 30min lesson and the clip could be up to 5 mins long. What do you think about the use of video in interview lessons?? I can cut the clip if needed.
If the video adds to the learning, I don't think there is anything wrong in principle with showing a short video in an interview lesson.
Make sure you communicate (clearly but briefly) to the students why they are watching it and what they have to do while they are watching it. Think about the challenges of planning an activity for a video - do you pause it for them to write, or do they complete something while watching? Remember to check they understand what they are supposed to get out of the video, as once it has started you have no way to make clarifications, without stopping it.
Also, ensure with the school that your video will play. You may want to have a backup in case there is some kind of tech disaster on the day.
Best of luck with the lesson!
charles1986 Also, ensure with the school that your video will play. You may want to have a backup in case there is some kind of tech disaster on the day.
Seconded. I went for a Headship job, and wanted to teach a music lesson about songs that were played on the deck of the titanic as she was sinking - kids were going to compose their own music that would make them feel a certain way. The song was on you tube. The County was filtered. I panicked, then decided to go ahead anyway, and sing one of the songs. Got a round of applause from the interviewing panel and the kids.
So, make sure tech is going to work, but if it doesn't on the day, wing it!
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Thank you very much, Theo! I have an interview lesson coming up, and these look very useful.
Best of luck! We look forward to a new thread started, called Dear Theo - I got that job!
Moving into SLT seminar this weekend cancelled due to snow but others on 2nd and 23rd Feb
I have an interview next week :D Very excited as i haven’t had one
in a while. I have been trying to get my NQT post for 3 years now.
I have been asked to teach a 30min lesson on reading to 10 year
I was planning on doing a lesson about adjectives. I was going to
start by explain what an adjective is, give a few examples then get the
children to give me some. I was then going to give them a short text to read.
Then I would slowly read the text and get them to do an action when they could
hear an adjective. After giving feedback on this I was then going to give them
a different text and get them to work with a partner to highlight any
adjectives in this text. Then gather feedback from the class and talk about how
we could use the adjectives in their own writing. I will only be picking very
short pieces of texts for them to read. 1/2 paragraphs at most.
Do you think this would be suitable?
Im desperate to get this job as i have been on supply for 3 years
now and really want to get started with my own class.
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