The following powerful tips will help you nail your mock lesson for teaching interview success.
You aced the first rounds of the interview process, and now it’s time to show the hiring committee what you’re really made of.
The mock lesson for your teaching interview is your time to shine.
Following are tips to help you maximize your chances of landing that coveted teaching job.
Tips for Rocking Your Mock Lesson Teaching Interview
1. Investigate Guidelines.
Ask the hiring committee if there are any particular guidelines that you should follow.
- Is there a specific textbook they want you to use?
- Anything special about the curriculum that you need to know about?
- Regarding the students, is there anything particular you need to know concerning their academic and social needs?
Regarding instruction, some schools are much more structured and “rigid” with their teaching standards while others are more laid-back.
Make sure you know what’s expected of you.
If the hiring committee gives you no such guidelines, research the school in more detail to determine what programs are used.
Try to align your teaching mock lesson around one of those themes.
Doing so helps the hiring committee see that you did your research and are able to successfully implement or are willing to learn more about their current programs.
2. Don’t Teach in a Vacuum.
Plan your teaching mock lesson based on something related to what the students are already learning.
What are they currently studying?
If possible, communicate with the teacher whose students you’ll be teaching.
Ask what they are currently learning in whichever subject you plan to teach.
Based on that conversation, decide exactly what you’ll teach in order not to cause a disruption to their normal learning sequence.
3. Create a Great Lesson.
Create a lesson that’s student-centered and that promotes higher-order thinking skills.
Make it very engaging, hands-on if possible, grade-appropriate, relevant, and interesting.
Math lessons by Marilyn Burns serve as great examples.
Don’t reinvent the wheel too much with your mock demo lesson.
Look online to see what lessons you can adapt and make your own.
There are a plethora of online resources with really wonderful content from which to base your lesson.
Plan very well and fully prepare.
And don’t assume the school knows what materials you’ll need. Kindly make a request if appropriate.
If you need materials above the basics… simply bring your own because you absolutely don’t want to be without.
4. Establish Classroom Management.
When doing your mock lesson, establish procedures and rules with the students before you get into the heart of the lesson.
Besides, the hiring committee most likely wants to see how well you handle classroom management.
Before starting your instruction, consider discussing with students your expectations such as how you would like for them to transition from one task to the next, respond to your signals, etc.
Also review basic rules/procedures.
How will you call students’ attention and handle those who are off-task?
Before starting your lesson…
- Do a very brief icebreaker.
- Chat about procedures and transition signals that you’ll use during the lesson.
- Explain the teaching objective.
- Check for understanding. Do they understand your expectations?
No, you won’t have much time, but it’s important to do this step. It’ll be relatively brief, but it’s essential.
5. Be Yourself.
Adhere to job etiquette, but don’t lose touch with your core.
When teaching your demo lesson, do your best of course, but above all, be yourself.
Be energetic (whatever that is for you), and show your enthusiasm for being among the students/staff.
Let your unique personality shine.
You want to be in a teaching environment where you’re celebrated for being you.
6. Ignore the Watchers.
Having a group of adults observe you teach can be intimidating.
It’s best to ignore them and focus all of your energies on teaching the best demo lesson possible.
Don’t let the observers during your mock lesson interview scare you … simply ignore them and focus on the students.
Conclusion: Mock Lesson for Teaching Interview Tips
A demo lesson is a great way for you to stand out from the crowd and show what you can really bring to the classroom.
Follow these tips, and you will be on your way to landing that coveted teaching position.
For more help with your job searching goals, take a look at these 9 teacher interview tips.