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NHA Mock/Demo Lesson

Preparing for a Mock/Demo Lesson

A mock/demo lesson may be an additional part of the interview selection process to help the hiring committee make a more informed decision. It allows the interview team to see you in action as a teacher and to evaluate your classroom management abilities, presentation skills, and teaching style. 

Questions to Ask in Preparation

  • How long should I make my mock/demo lesson?
  • Is the curriculum for the mock/demo lesson provided?
  • If not, how do I ensure I am covering the correct information?
  • Who will be present, and from that group who will evaluate me?
  • Will I be conducting my mock/demo lesson for the same subject/grade level that I am interviewing for?
  • Should I be aware of or prepare for any special accommodations for students?

Tips for Nailing Your Demo Lesson

  • Prepare, prepare, prepare!
  • Practice in front of a family member, friend, or even the mirror. If you can get feedback from someone, ask for it.
  • Present exactly as you would in an actual classroom. 
  • Be yourself. Let your passion, excitement, and teaching style be front and center.
  • Bring all the materials you plan on using, especially if your lesson is interactive.
  • Prepare for student interaction.
  • Do your research. There are many wonderful tools and resources available online. Be sure it aligns with the guidelines your interview committee has requested.