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

Welcome back EduMagicians, today I with me Candace Green we went live on Instagram last week to share 8 secrets to slay your live teaching demo interview! You may be asked to teach a lesson during the interview process sometimes as a second-round or third-round interview. During this interview, you are teaching a live lesson to students or the interview panel.

You want to be amazing with everyone that you interact with during your live teaching interview. We have 8 secrets to get you started from prep work to demo teaching, to reflect on your lesson! Here we go!

Episode takeaways

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

7. Learn as much about the context of the lesson that 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 background knowledge of the students 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?

6. Have a well-written lesson plan that is detailed. Show objectives, standards, materials, resources, strong anticipatory set, include step-by-step instructions, exit ticket, etc.

5. If you are doing a live lesson virtually

  • make sure 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

4. Make your lesson student-centered - don't just do chalk and talk lesson - engage students in learning. As students are entering the classroom - introduce yourself and ask their names too! Be welcoming and engaging!

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

2. Get to know your students that you are teaching 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.

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

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