Basically what this tells them is whether you are willing to be a puppet. You will have absolutely no say in how you teach your classes. All work is submitted to the admin for approval and they tell you what you are teaching - it is not Ontario curriculum.
To suggest that you don't teach the Ontario curriculum is inaccurate. You have to be willing to be able to modify and individualize. When you have a grade six class of ten students and 4 are reading at the grade two level - you can't expect to use the grade six text book with everyone. And again - we don't ask people to sign on the spot or make up their mind right away -
I prepared a short 10 minute lesson about farm animals.
As of 2018, we do not ask applicants to prepare nor teach mock lessons for M.E.F. interviews. Our interview process is fairly straight forward consisting of an online video chat where applicants are able to comfortably answer a number of questions related to the position.
They will call you out if you are overly critical of yourself. Make sure to point out your strengths as well as weaknesses.
"A high standard for their staff"....that's a joke. The two native English people who did my mock interviews were lacking in their own education. One did have a bachelor's degree, but no previous teaching experience or training. The second had her associates, no prior teaching experience either, and constantly said "ax" rather than pronouncing the word properly as "ask."
By getting them interested in the topic and choosing curriculum and themes that are relevant and interesting to them. Choosing lessons that help them get engaged and see the value of learning.
This has largely been the conditions under which i've worked for the past decade, and the best solution I've found is making the course relevant to the student's goals - this can be managed by giving students flexible assignments that allow them to integrate their own interests into it (such as choosing an essay or presentation topic that is interesting to them).