Tips for Teaching an A+ Demonstration Lesson

Preparation

  • Before the interview, find out who your “students” will be and how many you should anticipate. Will you teach actual students, administrators, school board members, teachers, and/or parents posing as students? Also, make sure to ask how much time you will have to do the lesson and if there are any specific parameters you should follow. 
  • This is not the time to stretch your creativity. If possible, choose a lesson that you have successfully implemented before and revise it for the abbreviated time frame. Don’t try to cover too many objectives in your lesson – keep it focused.
  • You will probably be given a very limited amount of time to set up, so keep your plan simple! Don’t assume that you will be given any resources. You may inquire about available technology, but don’t rely on it. 
  • Demonstrate your resourcefulness by researching the district and local community website. If possible, “localize the lesson” by incorporating a school mascot, tradition or community landmark. 
  • Your lesson plan should be detailed; provide a cover sheet with the rationale for your lesson. 
  • Rehearse your demonstration lesson with friends or other teachers – time it and have them critique you. 
 

Teaching Strategies 

  • Learning and using students’ names is very important, so consider dedicating the first minute or two of your lesson to having students prepare name tags – either ones that they can wear or pieces of paper they can fold and put on their desk. 
  • Be prepared for the unexpected. There may be contrived discipline problems from administrators, for example. 
  • Engage the students! 
  • At the end of the lesson plan, describe “extensions,” i.e. “If I had more time, I would …” 
  • Plan for differentiated instruction – even if particular student needs aren’t revealed beforehand. In your lesson plan, indicate how you will accommodate various needs.