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Amanda shares one of her interview experiences. 

Interviews for long term positions can be quite nerve wracking.  I personally have been through a few myself and my stomach was in knots each time.  Just remember, you DO know what you're doing or you wouldn't have made it this far already.

During my one interview, the head teacher and deputy head teacher sat in on a lesson I taught.  It is much easier said than done, but you have to teach as if they are not sitting at the back starring at you the entire time. 

Remember the main things they are looking for:

  • Does you lesson challenge each student?
  • Are there extensions for students who finish quickly?
  • Are there 3 levels of differentiation for your lower, middle, and high learning groups?

This is much easier to do than it sounds.

My interview was during a math lesson.  I had a worksheet for the entire class to fill out, the lowers had to only fill out certain sections.  The middle and higher ability groups had to complete the entire thing.

Extensions for the lower and middle groups are the easiest, as you can simply move on to the work you assigned for the group above them (lowers who finished would then try to complete the entire sheet etc). Your higher ability groups are what you really need to plan for.  Give them something challenging that makes them think.  Use the lesson you taught them but have them use it in a real life way.  For my math lesson on conversion, I had the higher ability groups solve a real life world problem using a variety of conversions.

You will have many interviews throughout your life, if you get over your nerves now, you will feel much more confident and deliver much better lessons!

Do you have an interview experience you would like to share? Email Megan ( for more information. 

Tags: AmandaH, Chelmsford, Canada

Category: Australian Teachers

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