Don't wander around tossing your chalk in the air and definitely don't go and chat with the observers!)Also...- state a clear aim at the beginning and recap/test understanding at the end- make sure you interact with as many students as you can [if it's a small group, ]- make sure you flag up at some point how the topic fits in with the specification or with other topics they might have studied or go on to study- if it's a lesson for year 10 or above, a quick reference to an exam question or typical vocational assignment question never does any harm.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!

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.

One applicant took up half her allotted time going through her 'classroom rules.' These included 'don't surf the Internet when you should be working'. Another applicant had an error in the maths on her handout which had to be pointed out to her by one of the students.

Returning to the right bank, swish Vake has some of Tbilisiā€™s best restaurants and, bordering it, expansive Mziuri Park (3) and Tbilisi zoo (4).

The main tourist office (5), opposite City Hall on Pushkin Square, reveals all.

Activities also show us the quality of your interactions with students.

(For goodness sakes go and talk to the students while they do the task you have set.

If that sounds like way too much to cope with in the time you have, you are probably being much too ambitious in the material you hope to cover.

notice if you are pitching the lesson at the wrong age group.

These sample lessons are a relatively recent phenomenom in teaching recruitment (I went looking for my first job in the early 90's and was never once asked to do one.) However, I can't believe how ill-equipped most newly qualified teachers are to deliver them.

True, I have seen some very good examples and am in fact working with brilliant colleagues who taught those very lessons.

And finally, the most astounding sample lesson I have ever seen went like this.