I know some people on the board have experience working in higher education, so I turn to the Hive.
I have an interview coming up at a community college for a history instructor position. I’m one of only a few people who’ve made it to this stage, so I’m pretty excited. As part of the interview process, I’m to conduct a 30 minute teaching demonstration.
I’ve done this a few times before, but I have never been really sure what to do. They haven’t given my my topic yet, but I’m assuming it will come from U.S. history. My tendency in a history class is to lecture, and I told the committee as much during the screening interview.
How do I treat them? Do I treat them like a class of college freshmen? Do I assume since my topic would most likely come during the middle of the semester they have background knowledge in American history? Normally, the questions I would ask during a lecture would relate the material to previously studied material or to a homework assignment. Similarly, I wouldn’t have a class discussion without being sure there was some class knowledge there first. At the same time, I know lecture is out of favor with the pedagogical gods, but I believe there is still a place for well crafted lecture in a discipline like history.
Anyway, with that too lengthy background, are there thoughts/suggestions on what I should do or what you’ve done in similar situations?