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PGCE Questions (1)

PGCE Questions (1)

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Interview Questions
Why do you want to teach?
Greatly enjoyed the child development and language acquisition modules at university
I followed this up with the Student associate scheme, 2 solid weeks in a primary schooland continued with one day a week in a local primary school once I decided it wasprimary I wanted to teach and I had started to work- gave me insight into the career of ateacher. The SAS especially allowed me dive deeper into what goes into be a teacher.
Some very inspirational teachers, made the lessons extremely fun, I was amazed bytheir enthusiasm and the effect it on the children learning. The children had so muchrespect for the teacher and
the teacher constantly had the children’s development,
enjoyment and well being at heart.
I want to make the learning environment a fun one like she did, I know personally whenI revise I retain information much more effectively if I make it fun.
I feel I have the creativity and ability to do this, I really enjoy working with children andseeing the scene of achievement they gain from learning new things.
I am extremely organised and enthusiastic for the subjects I care about.
What experience do you have in schools? What did you gain from doing the StudentAssociate Scheme/experience in the classroom? What did you learn?
Since university I part took in the Student Associate Scheme for 3 weeks in a secondaryschool, following that 2 weeks solid in a primary school and since then I have been inschool one day a week.
Had experience in every year group from early years to year 10
All experience
- Observed good and bad teaching practise and the effect this has on the
children’s learning
Gained a better understanding of teaching and learning in the classroom throughthe completion of tasks
Allowed me to support learning in the classroom, develop some simple resourcesand deliver some aspects of a lesson
One task was to observe how teachers gave constructive feedback successfully andthen put this into practise- I worked with year 9 children in food tech, I started a pupillead discussion on how they thought they could level up there final specifications. Theteacher then allowed me to complete the feedback sheet for the children I worked with,praising for good work and behaviour and suggesting ideas prompting more breadth.
I planned 3 lessons and taught one, a year 7 lesson on textiles finial productevaluation and with the help of the teacher taught part of it (SEE RESOURCE)
Why do you enjoy working with children? What did you enjoy about your workexperience?
Extremely rewarding, you are a very important and influential role model
Get buzz from knowing you have successfully taught them new knowledge, and evenbigger satisfaction when you witness the child using the knowledge you have taughtthem independently
I’m a big kid at heart, I love playing games and watching children enjoy themselves
especially when it is through my influence
Almost all children are excited and willing to learning, it’s a refreshing environment to
be in-
being in a child’s world is much more fun then being in a adults world, adults are
less enthusiastic and inquisitive
What do you enjoy about working in a school?
I enjoy the liveliness and enthusiasm, openness and kindness children have- itsrefreshing
I like the chance to inspire and motivate children
I enjoy working In a fun and colourful environment
Why primary? Why key stage 2?
I am lucky enough to have had experience in foundation, primary and secondaryschools.
Even luckier to have had experience in two very different primary schools, a inner citycatholic school in Liverpool and a Cofe school in a well off area in Nottingham
Although my first choice for the SAS was primary, I was placed in secondary due to my Alevel in textiles, this was a blessing in disguise, I showed me I defiantly prefer primary.
I prefer:
Teaching across the whole curriculum, a variety of subjects, secondary is just onesubject- prefer a variety
Like the fact you get to build a relationship with one particular class for a year- Ilike to get to know each child properly, I feel this is more beneficial to thechildren too as I get to learn their abilities in more depth
The children at primary usually have much more enthusiasm to learn thechildren in secondary, I find it inspiring and refreshing.
I feel more confident working with children in the key stage 2 age range
I prefer planning and implementing acitivies where the children are learningmore advanced knowledge e.g. science experiments
I also like the fact older children are a little more independent and self sufficientthen KS1 or foundation- they are more developed in their sense of humour toowhich I can relate to more
I do find however the whole Primary age range extremely rewarding and fun towork with
Describe a situation when have you had to use your initiative.
The teacher was called out of the class room in an emergency situation at the end of theday during pack away leaving me in charge of the class with the support of anotherteacher being next door if I needed her
I was thrown into the position of taking control so
I split the class into two half’s and
started a game of hang man
The children responded well as I instated my authority immediately and provided themwith a fun activity to direct their attention to.
What would be your ideal classroom environment?
It would be complete learning environment- children walk in and know it is a place forlearning and respect
I would also want it to be a fun, colourful and enjoyable place to be
I would chose a theme per term and plan the curriculum around it, ensure the displaysfollowed the theme,
Children’s work would be displayed on the
walls along side prompts, reminders andexamples of each level
Books, globes and computers would be readily available
It would not be cramped but spacious with a quite area for reading
All the desks would face towards the smartboard to avoid the children getting distracted
Ideally there would be a class hamster and plants to teach the children how to look afteranother living thing
What do you look for the first time you enter a school and why?
I think the school should be a welcoming place with a strong sense of schoolcommunity:
s work displayed on the walls
Colourful displays
Photos of all the staff with the class the teach
Year photos of the children
A welcoming reception
A bulletin board displaying news and upcoming events
Posters promoting healthy eating etc

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