Microteaching: Practice of Teaching

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As we are making conscious effort to ensure that FUNAAB attains a world-class status, there is the need to gradually cultivate this culture through the practice of microteaching.


What Is Microteaching?

Microteaching is an organised practice of teaching. The goal is to give instructors confidence, support, and feedback by letting them try out among friends and colleagues in the department a short slice of what they plan to do with their students. Ideally, microteaching sessions take place before the first day of class, and are videotaped for review individually with an experienced teaching consultant or Professors on a particular subject.
Microteaching is a quick, efficient, proven, and fun way to help teachers get off to a strong start. In a nutshell, microteaching session is designed to help rather than to "police" lecturers. I feel that this point should be emphasized by those that will be leading the sessions or Head of Departments  to make lecturers more comfortable with the process.

How to Microteach
As many as six teachers from the same or similar courses can participate in a single microteaching session. Participants may include the Course Head or HOD, a few experienced instructors, and a senior academic staff of  CISLT. While one person takes his or her turn as a teacher, everyone else plays the role of the student. It is expected of these pupils to ask questions realistically. It is also the job of the teachers to involve his or her "class" actively in this way. I recommend this approach for University-wide courses or where there are usually cases of mass failures.

Such a scenario typically runs for five to ten minutes. When finished, the person conducting the class has a moment or two to react to his
or her own teaching. Then, everyone else joins to discuss what they saw and liked. Finally, the group may mention just a few things that

the practice-teacher might try doing differently in the future.

CISLT will be interested in recording best presentations as being practiced internationally. Videos of these sessions are for the benefit of those taped and will not be seen by anyone else without the explicit permission of the
practice-teacher. Session tapes can even be erased immediately if the practice-teacher wishes. However, it will be extremely helpful to make an appointment to view and discuss their tape together with us at CISLT .


What to Prepare

Most course heads provide microteachers with scenarios to prepare in advance. If not available, think of a few minutes of materials that you would like to make sure your students understand by the end of your next class.
As always, you should not only plan out how to treat the subject-matter, but also give some thought to how you are going to present yourself, manage the class, and involve the students. There are, of course, many different ways of teaching a given lesson well. That is why participants find that, along with what they learn from their own experience of practice teaching, they can also pick up many helpful ideas by observing fellow microteachers.


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You can also view the
following videos on microteaching:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tE1g70TMdss

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFNkBsJca0c

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQVYcavmHFU
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your comments, please.

Thank you.