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Answers:Truthfully, it doesn't matter so much exactly what you teach. Even if you want to teach science, you can teach whatever you want. Just make sure that you are good at whatever you're teaching and derivatively, fully confident about teaching that. That said, there are a few key points to remember. Most importantly, you MUST keep your "classroom" engaged. Ask questions, make it interactive, give a demonstration-personally, I think one of the perks of teaching science is that there are a lot of cool demos you can do. I taught seismic waves and used a slinky to show the waves, and used that demo and cute little methods to help them remember the names of the waves and some of their key characteristics. Anyway, above all, just make sure that you are not just talking AT them, and are interacting with them somehow. Even if you don't go with a demo (plenty of people didn't), have some kind of visual-a poster, something to pass out, etc. They like for you to check for understanding-have them do an example on their own, or just orally quiz them at the very end. And likewise, at least in my group, the interviewers asked encouraged the "class" to ask questions of the "teacher," and if we didn't, the interviewers asked them, so be prepared for that. And remember, I know people have probably told you this, but five minutes is truly NOT as much time as you would think. No one, and I mean no one, in my interview group was completely finished at the end of five minutes, and believe me, they will cut you off in mid-sentence. Some people were closer to the end than others-I, for example, was answering the last question- but some people weren't close at all. And make sure you go to the website and check the online materials about the interview day-they have a section on the lesson plan. It tells you should say (write on the board) before you go up there, like what grade level you're teaching to and your lesson objective. If your interview is like mine was, and I think they're pretty standard, this will be the very first part of the day, and you'll be nervous. A lot of people think that this is the biggest part of the whole process. Remember though, above all else, that this is only one part of a long interview-it's not insignificant, as nothing is, but it's not everything. The person whom we all agreed had the best lesson in my interview group did not get in, and one girl whose lesson was way too long and who hadn't even gotten to her example at the end of five minutes did make it, because she was really good in other areas. In general, the day isn't as bad as you'd think, but remember to ALWAYS be on your toes, be mentally sharp, be considerate, and remember what TFA is all about-they're evaluating you every single time you open your mouth. Best of luck, I hope it goes well, and if you have any other questions, feel free to contact me.
Answers:It won't really matter what you cover as long as you do it clearly and appeal to multiple learning styles. Hyperbole would be great Be sure to speak clearly, have neat visuals and allow for participation. Lookup several definitions of hyperbole then form your own that is easy to understand,precise and consice. I would suggest writing it on the blackboard or a projector or powerpoint and leaving it up throught the lesson so the students can refer back to it as you go. Give some examples, see below. Ask the students to come up with original examples of hyperbole. You can show that you relate well toHigh School students by using humerous examples or ones they can relate to rather than ones from famous literature. Maybe you can use some of these examples. My Mom makes the best mile high lasagna. I had so much homework I needed a pickup truck to carry it all home. My backpack weighs a ton. He's so big he uses tree trunks for toothpicks. My sister wears so much makeup she broke a chisel taking it off last night. or This Coffee tastes like an old man's earwax. As you and your interviewers know, five minutes is really fast so don't worry about being too thorough, just get through your three main parts, 1-define. 2-examples. 3-student responses. Good luck!