6 ways to make your microteach pop!
Posted on 12th July 2023 at 13:01
Preparing for a microteach when you’re at the end of your Level 3 Award in Education and Training can be an overwhelming task, especially when you are unsure about what topic or approach to take.
The key to a successful microteach is to engage your audience and deliver a meaningful learning experience. To help you get started, here are six ideas to inspire and guide you in planning an effective microteach session.
1. Choose a personal passion
Select a topic that you are genuinely passionate about. Teaching something you love will not only make the planning process enjoyable, but it will also shine through in your delivery. Whether it's a hobby, an area of expertise, or a cause you care deeply about, sharing your passion will captivate your audience and create a positive learning environment.
Also, if you lose your thread or someone asks you a question you’re not expecting, it’s a lot easier to get back on track if you know what you’re talking about!
2. Gamify your lesson
Incorporate elements of gamification into your microteach session to make it interactive and engaging. Designing a mini-quiz, a trivia game or a problem-solving activity can motivate your learners to actively participate and better retain the information. Injecting some fun into your lesson makes all the difference.
3. Demonstrate a practical skill
Teach your audience a practical skill they can use in their everyday lives. Whether it's cooking a simple recipe (it will need to be really simple to meet your 15 minute limit!), tying a specific knot (one of our microteachers taught his group to tie a Windsor knot), or mastering a basic DIY technique, hands-on demonstrations can create an immersive and memorable learning experience. Practical skills not only engage participants but also empower them to apply what they've learned in real-life scenarios.
4. Use multimedia
Bring various multimedia elements, such as videos, images or audio clips in to enhance your microteach. Visual aids can help clarify complex concepts, evoke emotions, or provide real-life examples. These multimedia elements can be particularly effective when teaching abstract or theoretical subjects, as they make the content more relatable and accessible.
Remember, if you are using videos, make sure everything is set up to work. You’re always best not to rely on the internet in a microteach situation, so download any videos and make sure they’re ready to play when you click on them!
5. Facilitate group discussions
Encourage active participation by incorporating group discussions into your microteach session. Divide participants into smaller groups and assign them different discussion topics related to the subject matter. This approach fosters collaboration, critical thinking, allows participants to learn from each other, gets them doing something and gives you some time with the pressure off! Act as a facilitator, guiding the discussions and summarising key points to ensure a productive learning experience.
6. Connect to real-world issues
Make your microteach session relevant by connecting it to current events or real-world issues. Explore how the topic you're teaching relates to the wider world or how it can be applied to address challenges in society. This approach not only raises awareness but also helps participants see the practical value of the knowledge or skills being taught.
The key is to make your microteach session enjoyable, interactive, and relevant, ensuring that your participants leave with new knowledge and a positive impression of your teaching abilities!
Wishing you all the best with your microteach! And if you’re looking to complete your level 3 Award in Education and Training, give us at The Education Management Group a shout. There’s a learning solution for everyone!
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