Micro Teaching in Pairs on WizIQ

Microteaching is an excellent way to build up skills and confidence, to experience a range of lecturing/tutoring styles and to learn and practice giving constructive feedback. Microteaching gives instructors an opportunity to safely put themselves “under the microscope” of a small group audience, but also to observe and comment on other people’s performances. As a tool for teacher preparation, microteaching trains teaching behaviors and skills in small group settings aided by video-recordings. In a protected environment of friends and colleagues, teachers can try out a short piece of what they usually do with their students, and receive a well-intended collegial feedback. A microteaching session is a chance to adopt new teaching and learning strategies and, through assuming the student role, to get an insight into students’ needs and expectations. It is a good time to learn from others and enrich one’s own repertoire of teaching methods.
A microteaching session is much more comfortable than real classroom situations, because it eliminates pressure resulting from the length of the lecture, the scope and content of the matter to be conveyed, and the need to face large numbers of students, some of whom may be inattentive or even hostile. Another advantage of microteaching is that it provides skilled supervisors who can give support, lead the session in a proper direction and share some insights from the pedagogic sciences

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Well finally I’m getting some time to update the information on my intervention in the Online Conference CO15 – Connecting Online 2015 organized by Dr Nellie Deutsch and run by the WizIQ platform.

The intervention was in conjunction with my online pair Teacher Thomas Hodgers and our slide presentation now on slideshare is shared with my readers here too.

Our experience in Micro Teaching is the culmination of much hard work and many online hours in research and communication that participating in the CO15 became a natural extension. We (Tom and I) have also collated our work into a book chapter which is now under review and hopefully will be accepted for publishing. I will keep you my faithful readers updated on any movements in that direction.

Presently Tom and I are working on an Action Research project and also recently prepared a WebQuest as part and parcel of our continuing learning…

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