Preparing for the demo lesson:
Have you been accepted at the first 2
interviews, have the Human Resources manger or the key stage head liked you
already then it’s too early to get your job offer, At this stage you will be
asked to make a demo lesson. Demo lesson is usually a terrifying experience
even for those teachers who have enough experience, Being watched and evaluated
is a bit stressing even if you are doing the same job you are doing every day.
At this article we are helping you to get prepared for the demo lesson ,
providing you with the tips which have
been advised by teachers, school Administrators who have been through this
process many times.
You have been informed that you have made
it to the demo lesson:
- First of all ask the employer
which level of grades and the subject area they want to see you teaching.
- Ask if you will do the lesson in
the presence of the students or only for the evaluators.
- Ask about the duration of the
lesson as it varies from school to another.
Prepare for the demo lesson:
- Make sure to bring all the materials
and supplies you will need, do not depend on the school to provide any of
it so bring the markers, charts, pointer, laptop …etc and in case you need some
thing special for the student then you should ask a head of time if the school
would provide it.
- Make your plan lesson ready and printed and
make sure to have more copies for the observers. This plan lesson should include all the activities
you are going to do in the class and even the next step after the lesson so for
example even you are not going to give home work for the student include the
homework on the lesson plan so the evaluator feels like you are covering a full
- If they do not give you a specific
lesson to cover then try to chose a generic stand alone topic.
- Prepare the student handout and make sure to
have enough copies for the observers.
- Using the technology in the demo
lesson is good and gives an impression that the teachers is up to date to the
new approaches however it’s too risky in case of network problems or technical difficulties so always
have an alternative old school way.
At the demo lesson:
- Come to the class 10 or 15 minutes earlier to be prepared.
- Briefly Introduce yourself to the student.
- Set the expectation and direction at the beginning of the class in a positive and assertive way.
- Start with an attention signal and make sure that you use the effective and suitable one for the group age of you student. Watch videos how you can pay your student attentionhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wnJOLgtdst0
- Stay confident, However it’s a bit stressing situation but do your best to stay confident and never show stressing to the students.
- School Administrators are mostly to make their decisions in the first 5 to 10 minutes of the demo so keep you teaching point focused and snappy.
- Communicative, School administrators love and prefer the teachers who are communicative with the students and who are letting them participate in group activities while teachers lead the talking and the activities. You can even use the name tag technique at the beginning of the class so you call them with their names which would feel them more engaged.
- Make sure that the activities included at the demo are relevant to the age of the student you are teaching.
- At the end thank the attendees.
- Do not forget to send a thank you email after you get to home , to thank the school administrator for their time and showing your interest and excitement for the opportunity.