Your first ever demo lesson is going to be a nightmare for anyone going into teaching. Funnily enough, I had already been given the job offer before doing the demo lesson (it still didn’t take any of the pressure off though!). Observing teachers during summer school and getting to know the children, I thought a demo lesson would be relatively easy. Being given less than 24 hours to come up with a 90 minute lesson is terrifying! Especially when you have never taught before!
So I start off by explaining my name to which the kids struggled to pronounce! Teacher Kristie was close enough (some of my colleagues call me that now so I’ve just gotten used to it). Started off with a warmer – every lesson needs a warm up activity to begin with or the kids will lose concentration, (I soon learnt that kids lose concentration no matter what!) My lesson involved a new phonetic sound (my children were Grade 1 by the way) so we played a game using the sound. Next I showed them a worksheet on the projector.
- Top tip – check that the projector works with your laptop beforehand.
I wasn’t given enough time to check, so standing in front of a class being observed wasn’t a great feeling. Finally get the projector working to find the children had already finished the work, so there was no need for the projector anyway, typical!
One thing I underestimated was classroom management. When children do not recognise you and have never been taught by you, they have little respect for you so it’s fair to say that lesson wasn’t going to run as smoothly as id hoped. Children running around, out of their seats and others surrounding me to get their books marked, it was chaotic for my first time teaching to say the least. Not only that, but a child then came to me 10 minutes before the end of the lesson to say he doesn’t have a pencil so hadn’t done the work!
Finished off the lesson by playing a short video on my newly working projector! In Thailand it’s traditional to thank teachers at the end of each lesson, which is a lovely and respectful tradition to experience.
So a few lessons were learnt:
- Make sure the projector works
- Check everyone has a pencil
- Expect the worst, as it can only get better from there.
That said, it does get better, much better! My homeroom class have so much respect for me and their other teachers. And class management comes naturally after a few weeks. Let the children get to know you and know your rules and your onto a winner!