My very first demo lesson is coming up! Out of all of my interviews, even when I was hired last summer, I've never had to do a demo. So this is new to me. The first half hour will be a panel interview, and the second half hour will be a demo. Basically I can go any direction I want. The position will be for either 6th grade science OR 3rd. It was suggested that I do a 6th or 7th grade science lesson, since that is my area with most experience. I plan to do a 6th grade science lesson that could be adapted for younger grades. I will give them 2 variations of the lesson, but obviously only do the demo for one. Since they will be adopting the Next Generation Science Standards, I'm trying to find something hands-on where I can connect the new standards and the state standards, and also incorporates literacy and fit it all within the half hour. I think I'm biting off more than I can chew, but I really want this position. Another thing: I MIGHT be doing the demo lesson with kids, OR just with the panel. I'll find out when I get there. I'd personally love it if they bring in students! If it's the panel only, do I occasionally address the panel with explanations of my thinking process throughout the demo, or do I treat them solely as if they're students? I've read somewhere that you should treat a demo as it is an isolated lesson, rather than part of a unit or any classroom routine. Would you still mention how the lesson fits into the big picture (e.g. past or future lessons)? And how complex or simple should a demo lesson be? I've never done one so I really can't compare a successful one versus an unsuccessful one. Plenty enough experience with the not-so-good interviews though! I'm just not sure how these go. I'd seriously appreciate anything anyone has to offer about demos, whether words of wisdom, what not to do, planning, or anything!! So far I've only managed to overwhelm myself!