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Can we improve school interviews? Part 3: The interview lesson

2017-05-11T17:48:54+00:00

In Part 1 of this series I reviewed some of the evidence on what makes for effective interviews, and in Part 2 I looked specifically at creating a less biased, more structured formal interview. In this post I'm going to lay out my thoughts on the usefulness of the interview lesson. One of the peculiarities of teaching is that teaching a sample lesson has become a ubiquitous part of the interview process. The received wisdom is that we can work out a lot of what we want to know about a prospective employee's teaching ability by watching them teach a class [...]

Can we improve school interviews? Part 3: The interview lesson 2017-05-11T17:48:54+00:00

Can we improve school interviews? Part 2: Intuition vs. statistical prediction

2017-05-11T11:42:19+00:00

In Part 1 I reviewed some of the research around the best way to recruit and how this might apply to school recruitment. One of the suggestion I made was that schools should "design an interview format around no more than six qualities or attributes and come up with a short list of questions for each attribute. Then score each interview on a scale of 1-5 for each of the metrics you’ve come up with." In this post I will go into more detail about exactly what that might look like. I'm basing these suggestions on the ideas of Daniel Kahneman and Paul [...]

Can we improve school interviews? Part 2: Intuition vs. statistical prediction 2017-05-11T11:42:19+00:00

Can we improve school interviews? Part 1: A brief review of the research

2017-05-21T08:53:20+00:00

Recruitment for most employers is straightforward: you advertise, read through applications, invite the people you like in for an interview, think about it for a bit and then enter into negotiations with whoever you most want to employ. In education it's different. Schools are weird. When I was told how school recruitment work on my PGCE I couldn't believe it, "They do what?" For any non teachers, school recruitment works like this: All candidates for the job are invited in to the school on the same day. Candidates have to plan a lesson for a class they know almost nothing about beyond year group [...]

Can we improve school interviews? Part 1: A brief review of the research 2017-05-21T08:53:20+00:00

Shakespeare, SOLO taxonomy and taking risks (Part 1)

2012-05-26T16:47:30+00:00

I have an interview on Monday. For me the most stressful part of interview preparation is getting the lesson right. I'm happy to take criticism over almost anything else but I really don't want to hear that my teaching is anything less than outstanding. Why? Because it's what I do all day. If I can't put together an outstanding lesson at an interview then, frankly, what's the point? But, as we all know, interview lessons are highly artificial. You have no prior knowledge of the students beyond some broad statement about their 'ability' and you don't have any kind of relationship [...]

Shakespeare, SOLO taxonomy and taking risks (Part 1) 2012-05-26T16:47:30+00:00