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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    WOW, that's fast! Well done though! When is the interview?
    I know! I'm proud, but so nervous! It's on 24th...They are on half term next week.

    Now got to try and think up lesson ideas!
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    I know! I'm proud, but so nervous! It's on 24th...They are on half term next week.

    Now got to try and think up lesson ideas!
    Everyone will be nervous for their first interview. Anyway, you have all half term to think of ideas
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    A really nice, absolutely perfect job came up this morning and it's not being advertised until next week so that puts me at a slight advantage but it's require moving from my hometown to my old uni town. I'd love to move back to Nottingham but my fiance works in Staffordshire so it leaves me a bit stuffed. I'd feel a whole lot better about the situation if they could just start releasing jobs in my hometown already. I haven't even seen one yet and we're supposed to be a shortage subject!
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Everyone will be nervous for their first interview. Anyway, you have all half term to think of ideas
    Ha I wish! My half term was this week! :-P But...I have a few ideas so not too worried.
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Ha I wish! My half term was this week! :-P But...I have a few ideas so not too worried.
    Oh, my bad . Good to know you have some ideas though.
    (Original post by ParadoxSocks)
    A really nice, absolutely perfect job came up this morning and it's not being advertised until next week so that puts me at a slight advantage but it's require moving from my hometown to my old uni town. I'd love to move back to Nottingham but my fiance works in Staffordshire so it leaves me a bit stuffed. I'd feel a whole lot better about the situation if they could just start releasing jobs in my hometown already. I haven't even seen one yet and we're supposed to be a shortage subject!
    I know how you feel. There are hardly any jobs around here for me, so I've accepted that I may have to move. I won't just move anywhere though - only places I'm comfortable with, which includes my uni city so I've been looking there too. The thing with your fiance is a pain though. My boyfriend has just got a job in Stoke (nowhere near us), and I'm looking all over the place, but we have both been so desperate for work that I think we just thought we would cross that bridge when we get to it.

    I guess it's still early days being Feb. There may be more jobs coming up in your area soon. I guess there is no harm applying though. You don't want to be jobless in Sept and then look back and think I should have applied for the Nottingham job. :dontknow:
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    I passed my first masters level essay :woo: and finished placement! Now the next essay needs to be started...!
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    (Original post by Airfairy)
    Oh, my bad . Good to know you have some ideas though.


    I know how you feel. There are hardly any jobs around here for me, so I've accepted that I may have to move. I won't just move anywhere though - only places I'm comfortable with, which includes my uni city so I've been looking there too. The thing with your fiance is a pain though. My boyfriend has just got a job in Stoke (nowhere near us), and I'm looking all over the place, but we have both been so desperate for work that I think we just thought we would cross that bridge when we get to it.

    I guess it's still early days being Feb. There may be more jobs coming up in your area soon. I guess there is no harm applying though. You don't want to be jobless in Sept and then look back and think I should have applied for the Nottingham job. :dontknow:
    I always say it's better to look back and say I should have applied than I shouldn't have taken this job. You don't want to end up in a job you're not happy with.

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    Be picky with jobs - after all, you've got to work there for a year. I really had to weigh up the two jobs that I applied for - great schools with a great NQT programme, but, it also means moving back in with my parents.
    In the end, I took it even though it means moving back in with my parents - saving money and having small things like not having to do my own food shopping is going to be incredibly helpful during my NQT year.

    If you're unsure about a job - apply anyway! If you get invited to interview, you can look round the school and see if it feels right for you.

    The first school I interviewed at, I was thinking part way through - what happens if I get offered the job and something better comes up? Which
    ,with hindsight, says that probably the school wasn't right for me. I didn't get that feeling at all on the second interview.

    If you get an interview - go with your gut instinct. You should be given a tour of the school, you should get the opportunity to meet members of your potential department and you should get the opportunity to see the main staffroom.

    There's more to just teaching than the curriculum and the pupils - there's also your colleagues and for me, having coffee with my potential department clarified that it was a school I would be happy in.
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    Be picky with jobs - after all, you've got to work there for a year. I really had to weigh up the two jobs that I applied for - great schools with a great NQT programme, but, it also means moving back in with my parents.
    In the end, I took it even though it means moving back in with my parents - saving money and having small things like not having to do my own food shopping is going to be incredibly helpful during my NQT year.

    If you're unsure about a job - apply anyway! If you get invited to interview, you can look round the school and see if it feels right for you.

    The first school I interviewed at, I was thinking part way through - what happens if I get offered the job and something better comes up? Which
    ,with hindsight, says that probably the school wasn't right for me. I didn't get that feeling at all on the second interview.

    If you get an interview - go with your gut instinct. You should be given a tour of the school, you should get the opportunity to meet members of your potential department and you should get the opportunity to see the main staffroom.

    There's more to just teaching than the curriculum and the pupils - there's also your colleagues and for me, having coffee with my potential department clarified that it was a school I would be happy in.
    Great advice! I have been invited to interview in this exact situation... I have visited the school and would be happy there...but can't get another school out of my mind and would hate to miss my chance with them. Interview day should be very telling!

    If I felt the school wasn't right for me on the day, though, I'd feel so awkward being like 'no, I don't want the job after all....'. Guess that's the teaching recruitment process though!
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    Great advice! I have been invited to interview in this exact situation... I have visited the school and would be happy there...but can't get another school out of my mind and would hate to miss my chance with them. Interview day should be very telling!

    If I felt the school wasn't right for me on the day, though, I'd feel so awkward being like 'no, I don't want the job after all....'. Guess that's the teaching recruitment process though!
    Have you received an interview with both schools?

    On my first interview, I was asked 'If we were to offer you the job, would you accept it'? and at my second I was asked 'are you still interested in the position?'

    I've heard contrasting advice from university tutors/teachers/fellow trainees about what to say in that situation. I was told that if you're not entirely sure, it's better to be honest and to say 'I like the school and thank you for inviting me to the interview, but, if I were to be offered the position, I would require a day to think about it' and if a school doesn't offer you the job based on that, they're probably not the right school.

    If a school really wants to hire you, they will allow you that time to think about a big decision.
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    Have you received an interview with both schools?

    On my first interview, I was asked 'If we were to offer you the job, would you accept it'? and at my second I was asked 'are you still interested in the position?'

    I've heard contrasting advice from university tutors/teachers/fellow trainees about what to say in that situation. I was told that if you're not entirely sure, it's better to be honest and to say 'I like the school and thank you for inviting me to the interview, but, if I were to be offered the position, I would require a day to think about it' and if a school doesn't offer you the job based on that, they're probably not the right school.

    If a school really wants to hire you, they will allow you that time to think about a big decision.
    The deadline for the other school isn't until the day before my interview (interview is that week) so this is all complete speculation right now and pretty silly, I know. But I'd kick myself if I did get invited and had already taken the other job... I think I'm just stressed!
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    (Original post by Esmeralda4)
    The deadline for the other school isn't until the day before my interview (interview is that week) so this is all complete speculation right now and pretty silly, I know. But I'd kick myself if I did get invited and had already taken the other job... I think I'm just stressed!
    Hm, it could still be worth attending the interview just for the experience!

    At the interview, if they ask you about the position, just be honest and say 'thank you very much for inviting me to interview, but I don't feel like this school is right for me'

    There will be other schools you'll love and other schools you'll be happy in even if you don't get an interview for the one you really like!
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    (Original post by Samus2)
    Hm, it could still be worth attending the interview just for the experience!

    At the interview, if they ask you about the position, just be honest and say 'thank you very much for inviting me to interview, but I don't feel like this school is right for me'

    There will be other schools you'll love and other schools you'll be happy in even if you don't get an interview for the one you really like!
    Yep I'm going for the experience, mainly, and know it's presumptious to think I'd be offered the job. Also want to see the school again and get more of a feel for it.

    Thanks for the advice!
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    Say a lesson went terribly and you felt the children were really confused about everything...

    What would your next steps be? Would you have a rethink of the plan and then teach it again?

    Just looking for the 'correct' answer
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    (Original post by Striving92)
    Say a lesson went terribly and you felt the children were really confused about everything...

    What would your next steps be? Would you have a rethink of the plan and then teach it again?

    Just looking for the 'correct' answer
    There probably is no right answer, but when it happened with me, I found it was because I did not explain it properly/use the right language or did not involve them enough in the input.
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    (Original post by Striving92)
    Say a lesson went terribly and you felt the children were really confused about everything...

    What would your next steps be? Would you have a rethink of the plan and then teach it again?

    Just looking for the 'correct' answer
    Speak to your mentor. When this happened to me I was able to plan and teach it again.
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    (Original post by Striving92)
    Say a lesson went terribly and you felt the children were really confused about everything...

    What would your next steps be? Would you have a rethink of the plan and then teach it again?

    Just looking for the 'correct' answer
    When this happened to me, it turned out to be because I didn't think the steps through enough... the leaps I was expecting the children to make between concepts were too big. I needed to bridge it better if you know what I mean.
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    HALF TERM PEOPLE!!!!!!! Thank god, so been looking forward to this crash out!!
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    Anyone else in uni over half term :dry:
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    (Original post by xxstace123xx)
    Anyone else in uni over half term :dry:
    What?! Man, that's so unfair.

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