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I have been invited to an interview and have been asked to prepare a twenty minute session with mixed ability class of 13 Y5 children, aimed at developing and extending the children's vocabulary on a subject/topic of my own choosing.
The openess of the task has thrown me a little, I want to teach Literacy as this is my strength but not sure where to go from there. Any ideas would be welcome. Thanks
Well done on getting that interview. You must be really pleased!
Sorry, but . . . I don't give help, ideas, comments or ANYTHING about interview lessons.
And I don't suggest that any other poster does, either.
There are 3 main reasons for that:
Firstly, it's got to be you, and your ideas, so that you feel comfortable about what you're doing, and so that the school sees you, and not me or somebody else. And secondly and more importantly, because you are the expert here, not me!
So you will just have to sit down, think of what your aims are (including the Ofsted criteria - one of the links in the Interview Tips clickable in the Welcome thread says what schools are looking for in interview lessons),
Take a look also at my Possible interview questions clickable in the Welcome thread
Make sure you plan a lesson that enables children to progress, and have a plan that you will press on the observer that includes differentiation, just in case you don't get round to using it in the lesson itself.
And a third reason is that this is a public forum, and other candidates for the same job might see the suggestions too . . . and wouldn't you look daft doing the same thing!
One of the other Heads on this Forum recently had 4, FOUR, candidates who used a lesson that they had got from here. She recognised it.
Wouldn't have mattered if she hadn't, because all 4 of them did the same thing, which sort of gave the game away.
So if someone puts on here some ideas, someone else might see them and copy them.
Best of luck!
I look forward to you starting a thread that says: Dear Theo, I got that job!
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