What is Micro teaching?
It is said that when one teaches, two learn! Teaching is not an easy profession. The effect that teachers have on students can never be sidelined. Teaching is a complex process and teachers need a wide set of skills to be effective and efficient in the classroom. You cannot become a teacher overnight. You have to take up the right courses and training to become a teacher. Teacher education plays a pivotal part in enhancing teaching skills and making teachers ready for classroom management.
Today we will be talking about micro-teaching and how it helps teachers to conduct classes in a more effective manner.
Microteaching is an innovative method of training wherein the teacher trainee or a student-teacher conducts a class for a small group of students for a small time. This is intended to enhance the skills of teachers. By focusing on a specific skill at one time, this approach has proved to be beneficial. It is important to have micro teaching skills.
The basics of micro-teaching revolve around the six ideas given below. Let us take a thorough look at the process of micro teaching.
By asking the teachers to conduct a class for a small group of students, it gives teachers the bandwidth to plan appropriately. They plan the lesson and what they want to do in the class. Much like lesson planning but it won’t be a full-fledged class. That is the first step in the micro-teaching cycle. The planning is done according to the instructions given by the trainer.
The next step is to teach. The trainee teaches the class according to the plan and conveys what they had prepared for. This will be supervised by the trainer.
The trainer observes the class that is conducted by the trainee teacher and comments and feedback are provided based on the observations made.
Based on the feedback provided by the trainer and reflection upon one’s own performance, the teacher trainee re-plans their strategies and approach. This can be the presentation style, communication, or any necessary teaching skill. Creating a microteaching lesson plan is not an easy task. One should be mindful of all the aspects.
The same steps are repeated and the trainee teaches the class again. Microteaching is essentially a cyclic process and it heavily depends on the trial and error method.
Again, the teaching is observed and feedback is provided.
As mentioned above, micro-teaching is a cyclic process. The trainees repeat and learn and hone their teaching skills so that they are prepared to face a class full of students with confidence.