I have a teaching demo coming up, which I have never done before. I will be demo-ing to a small class of 10-15 students. Would it be frowned upon to ask if the faculty can pass along something for them to do in advance? It would take them no more than 5-10 minutes, but I don't have much time for my demo so I don't think I have them do it during the class. Of course the faculty can say no, but I am wondering if it would be frowned upon to even ask.
I was thinking through this same thing and decided that no, realistically, I can't give them an assignment ahead of time. it feels too risky because you are possibly putting one of the key pieces of your demo - audience's previous knowledge & preparation - in someone else's hands. You also don't want that negative moment when someone, or half, or all of them, haven't read it. When we are the regular instructor we can pull off the disapproving look or reminder that prep is essential, but for a teaching demo that would be awkward.
here's what I considered
- incorporate the reading into the meeting - if it's seminar style that might work - though beware long stretches of silence - maybe read outloud or a paragraph?
-put a section on the projector and have them write in response and then facilitate discussion
-scrap that whole topic and pick something that I do that works well even when they don't prep - if I was going to give this topic as a class at the local coffee shop or public library how would I do it?
this advice article was useful
I wouldn't do it. I'm typically all for asking even when you might be told "no" about various things, but in this case I don't think you should even ask. As psychprof5 said it might backfire. Also, there is a chance that asking could rub the committee the wrong way. It could be seen as trying to get an advantage over other applicants who are simply going to use the 20 min allotted to them, whereas you are trying to use 20 min plus 10 min of homework.
Modify the activity to fit in the time period or use a different activity. Teaching demos are SHORT so don't be ambitious with the amount of info you can accomplish.