You are going to take 5-10 min to go over a topic in front of the class. The topic will be one that we have already taught in class, you are just doing a quick review of it. Some ideas for structuring your review/lesson are listed below.
- Quickly touch on the main/most important principles
- Explain aspects of the topic that were a challenge for you to grasp and how you were able to grasp it
- Quiz the class about aspects of the topic with simple questions
EXAMPLE: If you were teaching about how to shoot a basketball.
1. You could explain
- how to hold the ball
- the position the body should be in in relation to the hoop
- when to jump
2 Maybe you struggled knowing how hard to release the ball
- Explain what specifically you practiced/tried in order to figure out how to be more accurate in releasing the ball
3 Quiz the class
- How do you hold the ball?
- What position should your body be in?
- When do you jump?
- How can you be more accurate in knowing how hard to release the ball?
The topic will be given at the end of each school day and a student will be randomly selected at around 5:00pm the following day to teach that topic in front of the class. Remember it is random, so you should always be prepared to teach a lesson. Also, we understand that you are not professional teachers and this may be highly uncomfortable for many if not all of you. This daily practice should help you accomplish 3 things:
- To learn to deal with the pressure that WILL be present at job interviews. Often a group of 5-10 professional developers will be at an interview taking turns asking you questions.
- To find the gaps in your learning and figure them out, don’t be afraid to ask your neighbors/instructors for help while preparing your lesson plan
- To practice and engrain topics and also offer whatever insight you have to your fellow classmates