To be able to prepare a good plan of lessons is one of the most crucial abilities for a good teacher. Logically then, interviewers often request applicants for teaching jobs to prepare it before an interview and present it in the interview. It’s not an easy task, that is true. On the other hand, if you understand few principles I am going to show you, it is not difficult. Let’s have a look at it right now.
Do not try to be too unique
First of all, schools are not looking for creativity. It’s a shame, but it’s a reality. You should not try to prepare the most creative plan, something new, something innovative. It will not help you to get a job, really. Surely, you can include several special hours or exercises, something that can surprise the interviewers in a positive way. But all in all, you should stick to the concept that is given and applied at this form of an institution.
Learn from the school or from the other teachers
The best course of action to follow is the next one:
- 1. Try to get a general lessons plan from a school where you apply for a job, or from any similar school. These plans are sometimes available also online, or you can ask your friend, who is already teaching somewhere, to bring you such a plan.
- 2. Get through the plan. Read it several times. Try to look at it from the point of view of a student.
- 3. Make some adjustments to the plan, add some extra hours, exercises, anything.
- 4. That’s it – you have your plan of lessons ready for the interview.
Learn to talk about your lessons plan
To convince the employers about your suitability for the job, you need to be able to explain your plan. Be explaining I mean to be able to divide it into parts and describe why you deciding for lessons you use and what the logic behind it is. What more, as a good teacher you should be able to describe the plan from the point of view of a students also. It matters a lot in a job interview. Good teacher should always think about the students. So, you should be able to say the following:
- What the students gain from each lesson?
- How would the exercises benefit them?
- How would your plan motivate them to study or how do you plan to do it?
Practice, practice, practice
Your speech in an interview has to be convincing enough. Otherwise, they’ll give a job to someone else. Doesn’t matter how much you trust your communication skills, you shoudl still practice before an interview. I suggest you to ask a friend to pretend to be an interviewer. Tell him to ask about your lessons plan and to give you additional questions. Present him your plan, try to answer the questions and simply practice the presentation of your plan. That’s the best way how to prepare for your interview.
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We wish you good luck in your interview!