A typical classroom demonstration has three components. First, the consultant has a briefing meeting with the teachers prior to the class, explaining what she will be doing and how the teachers can participate. Next, the consultant takes over and conducts the teaching in the classroom. Finally, the demonstration ends with a debriefing meeting where teachers can reflect upon the demonstration, ask questions, and plan future reading and writing work.
There are two requirements to having a successful classroom demonstration. First, the teachers whose classroom the consultant is demonstrating in MUST be trying the work in her classroom. Second, that teacher must be willing to email the consultant a week before the demonstration to fill her in on the reading and/or writing curriculum that is taking place in her classroom.
Should this be a part of my staff development plan?
A classroom demonstration has proven to be the best method of staff development when teachers are new to the content being presented. It also is a great way for the teachers to build a relationship with the consultant.