I did my first demo in 1998 in the beginning of my first stint of teaching in Taiwan. To be honest, at that time I had very little practice in the classroom and was completely unsure what I was going to say and do, nor did I have a clue what they were looking for from me. I was placed in a classroom with over 30 children, and the school principal and 3 teachers standing at the back of the room observing me. Needless to say I was green, unsure of myself, scared, and I didn’t get the job.
I’m in the States now, and I’ve been doing a lot of teaching the past few years. These days I occupy my time with private tutoring, or small groups, and on a volunteer basis. But I’ve found that doing “demos” is not only uncommon, here or there, but can be a great experience.
Since I have been teaching regularly for a good amount of time now I am very comfortable doing it in front of practically anyone, whether they are there to learn from me or to evaluate my teaching ability, skills, methods, etc., and I am not at all bothered by this process anymore. In fact, I see it as a chance for ME to interview my prospective students and future employer, to judge whether this school/class/group is one that I feel good about coming back to and spending my precious time with.
I discovered this way of thinking years ago when working in management, and use it almost daily now in my career of counseling. By doing these “demos” it gives both parties the chance to “feel out” the person at the other end and see if there is a match there, to help decide whether moving on to the next step seems a good investment- or not.
Consider this when asked to do your next demo. When you think of it as you interviewing them as your potential client/student(s), you will find that the nervousness quickly fades. Good luck!