What to Do When You Don’t Have a Classroom
Whether or not you are currently employed and have a classroom to record your demo lesson in does not matter one bit when it comes to being able to create an awesome video. As you can see in this teacher’s video, the camera is focused on her and her presentation board; not her audience or bulletin boards. What matters most when filming your video is demonstrating your ability to effectively convey a new concept, provide direct instruction, insert appropriate checks for understanding, and anything else that shows you’re a great teacher.
But let’s be clear, all because you don’t have a classroom to film in, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have an audience either. It actually is very helpful for you to film your lesson with other people in the room. Why is this? Because if you don’t, you’re going to feel extremely awkward talking to yourself and asking the empty chairs in the room, “Do you understand?” Your audience can be the students of another teacher you know, or your friends and family. Again, no matter who it is, it’s very important that you have an audience, so that your lesson will be engaging, rather than just a boring script you have memorized for the camera.
Just to recap, here are the four things you should do, if you don’t have a classroom to film in:
1) Film the lesson in your home or office
2) Invite a few friends or family members to participate as students
3) Focus the camera on yourself and the presentation board
4) Relax. Stay positive. Be confident. You got this!