March 7, 2018
Pass your Microteaching – Level 3 Award in Education and Training
If you have decided to gain a recognised qualification and enrolled onto the Level 3 Award in Education and Training, you’ll know that in order to complete everything successfully you have not only to submit some assignments, but also to deliver a microteaching session. But what is a microteaching session and how can you ensure to pass it?
Micro Teaching – What is it?
A microteaching session, as the word suggests, is simply a 15-minute mini-lesson that you need to plan and teach. Your lesson will be observed and assessed by an experienced teacher, who ensures that the relevant criteria have been met. Planning and delivering a lesson is neither easy nor impossible: inexperienced teachers often struggle at the beginning, but you just need to have a clear idea of what you want to teach and get organised. When planning the lesson, your tutor will answer the questions you might have, helping you to devise a structured lesson plan with appropriate activities. But remember: if you want to be victorious and pass your microteaching lesson, steer clear of presentations! The most common mistake that students make is giving a presentation where class interaction and participation are very limited. In our mind, we still tend to picture a lesson like a show where the star is the teacher, the one and only actor performing on the stage, unconcerned about their audience, who sits comfortably on their velvet chairs enjoying the play. It’s true that a lesson is like a play, but in this case the teacher needs to demolish “the fourth wall” and directly invite the students on the stage to perform together. This means asking questions to students, letting them discover things by themselves, and letting them take part in a variety of activities.
Teaching Assessment: Observation
Many people don’t like the idea of being observed while teaching because they see this as an intrusion: the assessor becomes the nosy person, ready to poke their nose into the lesson and interfere. However, the assessor is just an impartial observer, someone who sits quietly in their chair and takes notes, someone who sometimes wants to be just like any other student in the classroom and have fun in the lesson!
If you want to avoid a sleepless night before your big microteaching day consider the following:
- Relax and have fun – nobody is there to judge you.
- Plan and deliver inclusive teaching and learning. Include interesting activities; you certainly don’t want to bore your students.
- Be creative. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box.
- Choose a topic you like and you are comfortable with. You could really choose any topic you like, from how to count in Japanese from one to 10, to how to tie your shoelaces. Do you have a hobby? Even better! You could share your passion for your hobby with the students!
- Don’t overthink and keep it simple!
- Avoid talking all the time and keep your students busy; let them help you with the work!
- Check students’ progress and achievement.
- Practice your session with friends or family members.
- Use your charm and your sense of humour: it will be impossible for students not to participate.
Passing a microteaching lesson is always a triumphant moment, a first step in their teaching career. Delivering your microteaching session in a safe environment with your fellow peers will boost your confidence and help you become a better teacher.
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