Interview Tips and Questions for Primary Teaching Interview

Interview Primary Teaching

 

Congratulations you got through the first stage of the process so now your on to the second. This is the stage where you really have to show your passion for teaching.

I was invited to five interviews attended three of them and was offered a place on the course after all three interview so here is my advice.

Show off your passion – July and August should not be the reason you are going into teaching. I strongly believe teaching is a vocation and something you have to love day in and day out. Interviewer’s can see straight through you if you are going into teaching for the wrong reasons. Show off why you love it, how you want to make a difference. This is your only chance to impress.

Prepare – I am not one of those people who will write out answers to questions but i do believe you have to prepare in some way for these interviews you can not just walk in unprepared. I found some sample questions online and would practice my responses. Each time I worded it slightly different or added something else in so on the day of my interviews I had a well answered question that covered everything I wanted to say.

Dont stress about the interview. I saw the interview as my biggest chance to get into the course and I was not going to be intimidated and not get my place on the course. My experience of these interviews is that these people actually care and want to listen to you. Its also good to note that they do not want to hear answers you found online – DO NOT USE THEM!!!! Show of your personality as best you can.

One interview I had was very challenging the interviewers had a list of questions that were very specific and was hard to show off all the hard work in schools and with children I had done but you have to show it off and I did which I think helped me get in.

I am going to list some of the questions I got asked I know this is the main part of the blogpost you want to read.

Good Luck agus Go n-eirí an t-adh libh!

English

  1. Why do you want to be a teacher?
  2. What characteristics do you have to help you be a teacher?
  3. What would be your biggest challenge in a classroom?
  4. How would you overcome this challenge?
  5. What are the challenges faced by schools today?
  6. What are current issues in teaching today?
  7. How would you deal with a difficult parent/student?
  8. Do you work well in groups?
  9. How would you deal with a member of staff that was challenging you?
  10. What would your classroom look like?
  11. Tell me about your experience?

 

Gaeigle

  1. Tell us about yourself
  2. Importance of Irish in the curriculum
  3. Hobbies / Past Times
  4. Part time job
  5. How would you promote irish

 

Good luck everyone! Tweet me if you need some more advice @laurenaalice

Primary Teaching Application Tips


This time last year I was just like you panicking about the daunting application process and how I would fit all my experience into a tiny personal statement. From my application I was accepted to all PGDE courses in Scotland and in Ireland my Hibernia application was accepted too. Here are some tips to help you with your application!

1. Show them how amazing you are! 

This is the most important thing in your application if they can’t see your passion for teaching they are not going to interview you.  This leads me onto my next tip.

2. Emphasise your experience 

You may think that grades are important and to some extent they are but the most important thing is that you show that you love working with children and have experience working with them. I have spent every summer working in an outdoor activity centre with small children and as part of my degree I was able to spend six months in a local primary school. First of all i described my experience and then I told them what I had learned from my experience – always be positive.

3. Show off your good traits

Tell them what sort of a person you are- hard-working, kind, approachable.

The first three points are vital for your personal statement, they show them what sort of a person you are and how dedicated you are to the teaching profession. 

4. Be organised 

For the actual application you need to be organised.

Before you open your application take note of all the key dates such as when it needs to be in for, when could you be called for interview etc.  Then I would write down all your colleges grades for every module and its name on a sheet of paper, all your leaving cert or A level grades.  Before I open your application I would also have your personal statement saved on a word docment so you can easily transfer it over.

Once you have it all ready I would begin your application.

The application process is not difficult you just need to show what an amazing teacher you will be and prove that you have researched it and have experience working with children. 

Be yourself and Good Luck! 

Next blogpost will be the interview process! 

 

Top Tips to be Organised and Productive in College

College Organisation

 

Although I have always been pretty organised, to the point I like to organise everyone around me! I thought I would share some of my tips to help you in life and more importantly in college.

 

  1. Attitude: Nothing beats a positive attitude. I know it can be hard sometimes but it makes such a difference when you need to tackle something such as those chores or a college assignment.
  2. Planner: Get yourself a planner (I use a filofax) It will keep you so organised and the prettier the better.
  3. Use your planner: There is not point having one if you are not going to use it . Do you want to see a planner blog post next? Comment below!
  4. To Do List: I write these on a hourly, daily, weekly basis! I am obsessed and I have a rule that if I write it down I have to do it. To Do lists just keep you focused.
  5. Sundays: Before the week starts I like to sit down and plan my week see whats coming up, what I want to achieve. You can be as quick or slow at this as you like. When I know what I have to do for the week it focuses me and I don’t have to check my planner as much.
  6. Make an Assignment List: I do this at the start of every semesters at the end  of week one when you know what assignments are due and when. I just open a word document and write out all my assignment and when they are due and then I re-orgainse them into date order. I also put tick boxes along the side! Nothing better than ticking off tasks!
  7. Morning Routine: Try to get up at the same time every morning even on the weekends. I try to get up between 6:30/7.
  8. Yoga: I have always loved yoga but now that I am practicing it everyday. I have noticed such a huge difference in myself! and not just the fact I can now touch my toes without screaming! Yoga not only stretches out your body, it relaxes you by just giving you some me time! I can’t imagine my mornings without it now!
  9. Figure out your most productive time: I know that I get nothing done between 3-5. I just have no focus at this time so I tend to do more “doing” tasks such as cleaning my room or relaxing. Its only two hours out of your day so I wouldn’t stress if you know you don’t work at this time. My most productive time is 8-11am and 6:30-9:30pm. I tend to do most of my college work during these hours
  10. Clean Desk Clean Mind: I am a huge believer in having a clean clutter free desk, I clean it after every task by putting these away just 5 minutes of doing this makes a huge difference.

Those are my ten tips. I hope you enjoy this type of blogpost and it comes in useful. Tweet me @laurenaalice if you liked it and want to see more! You can also tweet me your tips because I love to hear them! I know this is a little different to normal but I love these type of blog posts.

 

Happy Sunday x

 

10 Tips for College Exam Week

“This is The Beginning of Anything You Want”

Its coming up to that time of year when your college assignments are almost finished and its time to start studying for exam week. But don’t panic I have 10 tips to help you coming up to your exam weeks to help you get through it.

  1. PLAN

I plan everything I like to have all my task written down. I am a very visual person so I like to make a big chart of the the things I need to learn for each exam and then I break them down into smaller sections that I can tackle each day to the exam.

2.  HAVE YOUR NOTES IN ORDER

This is something you should have been doing from the start but if you haven’t don’t worry there is still time. Organise your notes, write out the powerpoint only including important information. I file my notes by section so that when I come to study I can just take that section out and I can ignore the rest.

3. FIND YOUR STUDY HAPPY PLACE

This might be in the library, just FYI I hate the library. I am so unproductive in there.  For me I like to study in a  corner in my room that is for study only. I like to be able to spread my stuff out and get as many cups of tea as I want!

4. TAKE BREAKS

On that note you need to take breaks, I vary how I take breaks sometimes its after I finish a task or its after 50 minutes.

5.  TAKE NOTES FROM YOUR LECTURERS

If you listen carefully they drop hints all through the semester and let you know what there looking for in an answer.

6.  GET SAMPLE PAPER

Don’t let the first time you see an exam paper be in the exam! Print a few out and just bullet point what you would include in your answer. It really helps you to focus and to help you seek the gaps.

7.  REMEMBER THE END GOAL

We are all doing this for one reason, for it to end and we can move on to our careers. You have to be focused and realise its not forever.

8.  RELAX

Practice some mindfulness whether it is some yoga or my favourite some colouring or reading a book. Take some time out to relax.

9.  SWITCH OFF AT 9PM

I have always had a cut off point of 9pm even the night before exams. There is nothing worse than being tired. Get to bed earlier relax. The night before an exam, I read over some last minute bullet points and subconsciously you will be thinking about them in your sleep. Little bit creepy but its only for a night!  With switching off at 9pm you need to be up early. I aim to get up around 6:30/7 everyday you will be amazed with how much you get down when your up that earlier.

10.  BE POSITIVE

You are going to get the grades if you put in the effort. So don’t stress and it will be over before you know it.

What are you tips for exams? Leave them in the comment section.

L x