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Why is this important?

Thinking through the structural flow and considering the time needed for each phase of your demonstration ensures that - most of the time - your demos come off without a hitch. Anticipate the steps that will give rise to student questions or confusion so that you are prepared to answer those concerns in the moment. Students appreciate clarity and forethought when you are showing them how to do something.

Try these strategies:

  • Think sequentially. Plan out the steps required to complete the demo, or the tools that students will be using.  
  • Start by showing a finished example of whatever the demonstration is going to produce.
  • Make sure all students can see and hear you.
  • When you're ready to begin, get students’ attention and ask them to copy what you do, step by step.  For example, after you open Maya, ask the class to open Maya.
  • For digital demos:
    • Try having students watch the demo first to get a holistic view. Then, repeat the demo and have students follow along with you, step by step. This is a great practice if you have demos that do not take a great deal of time, because it enhances students' understanding. This approach will take more time, but your students will learn better and you’ll have fewer questions.

    • Be sure to zoom in on the screen, so students can see the tools and options you click on during the demo. Make it a point of saying and showing students what you’re clicking on.
  • Go slowly enough that students can take notes on the procedure. Ask students them to raise their hand or give you a thumbs-up when they are ready to proceed to the next step. Also, circulate around the room, so you can see where students are struggling and help them.  
  • Put students into pairs so they can follow along together and help one another, as needed. Make a point of letting the class know that you want them to work together and to help each other. This will help ensure that the slower students understand and help to move the demo along more quickly.
  • Provide industry insights and tips while working. 

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