Microteaching is a great way to improve your teaching skills. By recording yourself teaching a short lesson and then reviewing the video with a more experienced teacher, you can learn a lot about your strengths and weaknesses as a teacher. However, delivering an effective microteach session requires careful planning and execution so you should do a few things to set yourself up for success.
Tips for a successful microteach
- Choose a topic that you’re comfortable with. You’ll be more relaxed, confident and able to answer questions if you’re familiar with the material. Remember to select a topic that is appropriate for the level of your students.
- Prepare a lesson plan. Make sure you know what points you want to cover and how you will cover them. Having a clear structure will help you stay on track and maintain control of the class. Include clear objectives and engaging and relevant activities.
- Practice your lesson beforehand. Rehearsal will help you to identify any areas that may be unclear or where you may need more explanation.
- Be sure to introduce yourself and your topic, then take the time to explain the objectives for the session.
- Be aware of your nonverbal communication. Your body language and facial expressions convey just as much information as your words.
- Keep your audience in mind. Remember that students are there to learn, so make sure your lesson is geared towards their level of understanding.
- As you go through any activities, be sure to provide direction and explanation. Make sure to answer any questions that come up along the way.
- Finally, be sure to wrap up the microteach by reminding your students of the objectives and giving them a chance to ask questions or provide feedback. Welcome feedback!
You can ensure that your micro-teach session is effective and engaging by following these tips.
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