Secondary PGCE Interview - Mini LessonWatch
I was wondering if anyone would be able to help or guide me in the right direction.
I have been invited to attend an interview in 2 weeks for my PGCE in Secondary Geography. As is usual, alongside the interview I am required to teach a group of 8 students (year 9's) for 20 minutes on a topic of my choice.
I am really looking forward to it and have been prepping quite a bit for both the interview and mini lesson. I now have a topic in mind which will be Tsunamis (nice and topical). I also have a few ideas for starters and a rough idea for a plenary that I think might go down well.
I think my biggest concern is the best kind of activity for the main part – I can think of a few ways to do this if it were a normal lesson but trying to get a starter, the main chunk of the lesson and a plenary activity into 20 minutes is worrying me. I know that much of it ill be based on your rapport with students etc. but I just really want my lesson to be a hit and most importantly for them to go away having learnt something.
Any advice, tips or general wisdom will be greatly appreciated!
Thank you 😊
I guess I would structure things as 3-5 mins on a quick starter/introducing the topic, introduce the main activity and set them off on it for about 10 mins, leaving you with about 5 minutes at the end to wrap everything up and see if they've got the idea of what you were trying to teach them. Don't forget that you will lose time during transitions, as children (even well behaved ones) like to faff!
Also, don't forget that geography is a shortage subject, so you are very likely to get offers even if you aren't perfect
Thank you for replying! Thankfully reading your advice has put my mind at ease as the one thing I wanted to avoid was just talking at the students and my plan for my Micro lesson is pretty much structured as you have mentioned so phew!
Ah yes will certainly try and account for faffing time!
Thank you again, wish me luck!
Just thought I would let you know that I had my lesson and interviews this week and I have been offered a place. Thank you very much for your advice!
Get them into groups and have multple choice questions on the board.