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Teaching interview 101 - 8 secrets to slay your live teaching demo

Updated: Mar 13

Welcome back, EduMagicians. Today, with me, Candace Green went live on Instagram last week to share eight secrets to slay your live teaching demo interview! You may be asked to teach a lesson during the interview process as a second-round or third-round interview. You are teaching a live lesson to students or the interview panel during this interview.

You want to be excellent with everyone you interact with during your live teaching interview. We have eight secrets to get you started, from prep work to demo teaching to reflect on your lesson! Here we go!

Episode takeaways
  • It is OK if the panel may have a straight face while you teach, meaning they are not showing any emotion. Don't let that throw your lesson off!

  • Learn as much about the context of the lesson as you can! Questions to consider:

  • What is the grade level or subject area in which you are teaching?

  • How many students are in the class?

  • What is the context or lesson that you are teaching?

  • What is the student's background knowledge on this lesson topic? What did they learn before leading up to this lesson? Where are they in the lesson topic - new, middle, review?

  • What are the levels of the students? What types of accommodations need to be made for the students?

  • Have a detailed, well-written lesson plan. It should show objectives, standards, materials, resources, and a solid anticipatory set, including step-by-step instructions, exit tickets, etc.

  • If you are doing a live lesson virtually.

  • Your lesson plan is in PDF that you can share in a chat with the interviewers.

  • Have all the links you are going to ready to go so you can send those out as well!

  • Know which platform you are using to interview and what technology the school and students have used before

  • Turn off notifications

  • Clear your background

  • Make your lesson student-centered. Don't just do a chalk-and-talk lesson; engage students in learning. As students enter the classroom, please introduce yourself and ask their names, too! Be welcoming and engaging!

  • Interact with students as much as you can during your lesson. Try to anticipate student questions about your lesson topic. Consider your lesson audience - what grade is the lesson designed for?

  • Get to know the students you teach in small ways to make connections during your live interview. Ask questions of your students. Maybe your hook is related to the lesson topic as an anticipatory set.

  • After your teaching demo, don't forget to ask for feedback from the panel. It shows a growth mindset.

This is just a sample of the interview goodies that you can find in the Interview 101 teaching edition course.

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