If you have time, grab an A-level text book or just spend an hour or so on some A-level revision sites.One issue that can floor candidates - and it really shouldn't - is finding out that the group have already studied the topic, or (even worse) just taken part in another sample lesson on the same subject!
True, I have seen some very good examples and am in fact working with brilliant colleagues who taught those very lessons.
But surely a half-decent teacher training institution should cover this?
As I have now been blogging for over four months, I have delusions of significance...
so here is my handy guide to preparing a sample lesson, especially for all you newbies out there going through the interview mill for the first time.
can't remember his name to save my then there's Bridgitte (aka Bridgitte the Midget..stripper)..her briefly before. Truth is, most little people can enter show business quite easily, and make a good living entertaining people. The term "midget" is sometimes used to describe a proportionate dwarf.
So, they can make easy money if they have the right attitude. Since it has bad associations with old circus freak shows, the term is not very PC these days. So, yes, there is a difference, but it seems that "dwarf" or "little person" is more acceptable.
Prepare a lesson which will serve either as a revision of a familiar topic or as an introduction for the first time. Make sure that any questions you are planning to ask have follow on questions that probe more deeply if the students can glibly rattle off the answers.
Make sure all your activities are that little bit special, so that even if they have bashed through the subject before, you are giving them an interesting new take on the topic. A matching exercise with challenging distractors instead of a simple fill-in-the-blanks.'Please write your names on the cards and put them in front of you.'After spending 3 minutes doing this, he taught for 20 minutes and never once referred to any of the students by name.
Come on, most interview panels will let you pick a topic or subject from a wide range of choices; if they haven't told you up front what exam board they use, get on the phone and ask. This is a twenty minute, pull out all the stops, show-'em-what- you've-got opportunity.