Demo lessons are so nerve racking to me. If you have many years of teaching experience, and when you started teaching, there was no such thing as demo lessons, as part of the interview process, how do you prepare yourself to be successful in doing this?

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I just make sure to practice as much as possible beforehand!

That is a great point! I really do not understand why I am having performance anxieties about these demo lessons… I really wished I can teach through this, but these demos just stifle me…

I just try to think of it as any other lesson. Takes some of the pressure off.

It’s just another lesson for me. We get observed all the time. It isn’t any different than that. For a time, I worked at a school that didn’t require demo lessons and it showed. Turnover rate and quality of instruction were a nightmare.

been teaching 19 years and I had to do sample math problems to the panel. How would I teach xyz? Had to pretend they were a class. Had 3 different problems/topics to cover. Each one from a different level of math.

so demos have been a thing in our district for at least 20 years.

Wow, Texas needs teachers so badly that you just show up to the interview. You can write your own ticket.

What part of Texas you in? We still gotta do demos

Select a high interest highly interactive topic. When we have teachers do this type of lesson we want to see him/her engage the students and NOT lecture the class. Know your audience.

How and what is expected in a demo lesson, if you are a Special Ed teacher?

Pretend the interviewers are kindergartners.

Just have fun with it. You know your subject. I would practice though and prep for any questions they might have. I ask my interviewers to act like my regular students in class would act, and then I can model how I would address those behaviors in my classroom. For example, one of the interviewers gets on their phone, and I can remind them we don’t use our phones in class. It can get pretty funny and it relieves stress on you while allowing you to showcase your teaching and classroom management skills. This has always worked for me. Good luck.

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