Demo Lesson?

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  1. njsciteach

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    I was wondering if anyone had to do a demo lesson? I'm just starting my applying/interviewing and this idea scares me! Is the demo usually done in front of the people who hire, or do they put you in a class and expect you to just teach a random lesson to a class who has never seen you?
    Any advice is welcome thanks.
     
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    the school i just interviewed at did this in a unique way - they put me on the spot and told me "using one of the elements of art, develop a lesson and walk me through it step by step"

    i asked, so do i get a few minutes to just sit and plan it out?! the woman kindly said, no, just talk me through it. haha...man oh man...i think i froze for a good minute or two!

    so i had to go through it and just TALK - now i would state the objectives for the day, i would do this, and use this technique. then i would bring them over for a demonstration and do this. after that, i would do this...

    STRESS! haha
     
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    I've never had to do a demo lesson. From what I have read on here though it varies, depending on when the interview is given. During the year, most demo lessons are done in front of a class. During the sumer, it's mostly done in front of the interview committee.
     
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    Demo Lessons are very popular in my area. I had to do one for my maternity leave position last year. Because I interviewed in the summer they only took 5 kids from the summer program and I did the lesson with them. However, if school is still in session you usually do it with the entire class.
     
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    Thanks for the info, I think I'll just brush up something simple that I could go through. I really hope I don't have to do this- maybe I can just let them look at my videotaped lesson! its not the best but it is what I did every day while student teaching.
     
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    I had to do a demo lesson this past Friday. When they originally called me in for the demo lesson, I asked for the teacher's name/class subject I'd be doing the lesson for. I then emailed the teacher and asked what he was planning to teach that day. I planned my demo lesson around that.

    I don't know if that was what I was supposed to do, but it let me prepare and actually feel like I was teaching something the kids needed to learn, instead of just taking up a day of instruction.

    It must have been ok though, because I was offered the job. :)
     
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    congrats raneydae!

    that sounds like a good idea - emailing the teacher. that's great you had something to go off of for your demo!
     
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    I have done several demo lessons. Some with children and some with the interview panel.
     
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    Demo lessons seem scary. I'm glad they'r not used here.
    Good luck to you.

    BTW I read someone who wrote that she had to sub in different classes and that she used techniques from power teaching and it did the trick every time, whether she knew the students or not. If that's a teaching style you're comfortable with. :)
     
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    I've done several, sometimes in front of a class, sometimes not.

    Don't sweat it. The kids are always angelic. They simply want to see you in action.

    You KNOW you're a good teacher, right? This is just your chance to prove it.
     
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    HELP!! I had an interview today for a reading specialist position. If I get called back (which the odds are pretty good), I have to teach an impromptu demo lesson on FRIDAY (this is in 2 days!). The problem is that when I get there, they tell me the grade level and what skill area I should plan my lesson for. Then they give me 45 minutes to plan a lesson and then teach it to kids I have never met! To me, this sounds so unfair and unrealistic because I NEVER plan lessons on the fly. For me, it takes careful consideration and planning, I don't rush through planning a lesson with no resources at my disposal. What do I do? How do I handle this???
     
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    Also, to think I'm doing this voluntarily! I already have a job, but this position would be a LOT closer and convenient to my home.
     
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    Ok, sluggermel, first off... breathe! You can do this! Next, figure out what concept/skill you want to focus on. Think about what reading concept you are strongest at, and use that. Then, think about and jot down some ideas for lessons that would work for any grade level. You might think of a few for lower elementary and a few for upper elem. That way you have some guidence going into Friday.

    Good luck!
     
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    The problem is, I won't know what they want me to teach until I'm there on Friday. I won't have any information until I'm there and then I'll have to plan a lesson on the fly. Stress!
     
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    Well, think about all the concepts they are likely to ask you to teach. What's the trend now?
     
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    Hello and congrats!

    I'm assuming it's elementary. How about think of a few comprehension strategy lessons like Questioning the Author, Anticipation guides, Story Mapping then bring a variety of books (or poems, articles) that would work for a couple of grade levels. At least a few ideas would be fresh in your mind. Think simple and proven to be easily managed!

    Good luck!
     
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    Sluggermel congratulations on getting so far in the interview process! I would hat to have to do a demo lesson with only 45 minutes worth of planning. But, I would just think of lots of possible ideas for different skills that would work at a variety of grade levels (with some modification), so that you have some plans set up. Good luck!
     
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    Thanks everyone. Actually it's for a middle school position (grades 5-8). I guess I'll just have to plan a few different lessons based on different skills and then just hope that they ask me to teach one of them! This is very difficult for me because I like to take my time with things and that's when I produce my best work. I am very conscientious. Any other ideas are welcomed!
     

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