I joined Twitter in August last year, but it wasn’t until around November 2012, that I discovered the fantastic opportunities that Twitter provides for teachers to share advice, experiences and resources.
Since this revelation, thehas helped me with all sorts of advice! Most recently, thanks to the advice and support of several ‘tweeters’, I have been offered my first teaching job to in September once my training is complete!
The process started when I sent out a general tweet for some lesson advice for my interview which was then re-tweeted by @TeacherToolkit and I was amazed by the response. Many teachers sent ideas or re-tweeted my post. These ideas really helped and gave me a great stepping stone to start planning my interview lesson. The next stepping-stone came in the form of The 5 Minute Lesson Plan.
I had been reading about theon Twitter for months, but I finally decided to give it a go! The plan had appealed to me from the start because it seemed so straightforward. As it was my first attempt, it took only a couple of minutes longer than published, but it really helped me focus on what I wanted to achieve in the 25 minute interview lesson. It was great because I could ensure that I covered all elements in the short time given, to impress in interview. Most importantly, I had planned for progress!
After completing my first 5 minute plan, I realised what all of the hype was about – what a brilliant resource! Once I had my plan, I could focus on putting together a great lesson…
I wasn’t observed using the 5 minute plan because I also had to complete a ‘The 5 Minute Lesson Plan (video example) again.plan’ for the observers. Slightly disappointed, but when I join the team in September, I will certainly be using
I also used The 5 Minute Interview Plan.
I had already been invited to interview at this point, so I didn’t need to fill in the whole document; but I found that it was still a very useful tool, to allow me to think about what I wanted to get across in the interview, and what I wanted to find out about the school. After all, interview days are as much about the school being right for you, as they are you, being right for the school.
This was my second interview for a teaching post. I had assumed that it would follow a similar structure: lesson observation, school tour and formal panel interview… Never assume!
When I arrived, I was given an itinerary for the day and I immediately realised that this interview was going to be far more intense than expected. The day consisted of mini-carousel ofa lesson observation; an assessment and a creativity session(!) – your guess is as good as mine – a school tour, and an impromptu presentation and a panel interview.
I can honestly say that my preparation before the interview using, The 5 Minute Plan (link to details here) and The 5 Minute Interview Plan really helped me to show the very best, of what I have to offer. I was offered the job and congratulated on an ‘exceptional performance’.
Thanks @TeacherToolkit; and thank you to everyone who sent me advice or re-tweeted my posts!
- *NEW POST* #Ofsted recognition of The #5MinPlan (teachertoolkit.me)
- 5 minute lesson plan and the elusive GRADE 1 Outstanding. (broadwaype.wordpress.com)