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Micro Teach ideas - please!!

Discussion in 'Further Education' started by abbieno7, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. HI there
    I am new to the site and have recently started a Cert Ed PCET course which incorporates the PTLLS qualification which in turn requests that you present a micro teaching session to your peers. It can be on any subject and doesn't specifically have to be on your subject specialism (which in my case would be Business and Admin).
    I have toyed with the following ideas but am unsure as to how I can get the "class" actively involved.
    1. The legalisation of drugs (powerpoint of statistics and crime rates etc then the fors and againsts legalising drugs)
    2. Sentencing Guidelines (give the class a scenario of a Mags Court case and ask them to come up with a suitable sentence)
    3. Adult Literacy issues and the problems adults face when they have no reading/poor reading skills. (This would probably be my preferred choice)
    If anyone is wondering why I have chosen these as possibilities, it is because as well as doing voluntary teaching I am in paid work at a Solicitors in their Prison Law dept so have a little bit of knowledge in crime work etc.
    I would be grateful for any input or ideas.
    Thanks in advance
  2. Hi,
    I teach adult numeracy and literacy and did the PGCE PCET last year.
    If you decide to go down the literacy micro teach route think of a concept that you would like to teach e.g root words, basic punctuation or apostrophes and work on your ideas from that.
    Below is a list of interactive activities and ideas that you could use to get the class involved;
    Card match - match the suffix to the root word
    Craft pegs - peg the apostrophes to the part of the sentence where you think they should be
    Cards on the walls - stick different prefixes to the walls around the room then give the students cards with different root words on. The students then stick the root word to the wall with the matching prefix
    Mini whiteboards - laminate a piece of white paper to create the board. Ask the students a question e.g what is the missing word. Students write the word on the card and hold up for you to see - this activity is v.good for inclusion as it involves students who wouldn't normally shout out answers
  3. Hi, can I just say a massive thank you for your ideas.
    They're great.
    I have just bought the Toe by Toe manual which I was thinking of basing it on given how many children and adults alike struggle due to learning difficulties, although it will probably prove too difficult a topic to squeeze into half an hour. What did other people do on your course for their micro teach?
    Thanks again
  4. Sheepgobaa

    Sheepgobaa New commenter

    I've technically done PTLLS twice-did the course as a stand alone to see if I wanted to do a full blown PGCE, which I am now in the second year of doing part time.
    The micro teach I did first time round was random as the course was generally an intro to teaching for all involved so we were told to do it on anything we liked. WIth a view to showing "how" to do something and being interactive, I did a session on speed stacking (where you stack cups really fast!). Sold it on the basis that it stimulates coordination and brain activity, which is good for learning. Other people in my group did equally random stuff based on their skills/subject/job, so one bloke taught guitar chords, other people put together an electrical circuit, others made something, all quite kineasthetic! ;)
    Second time round was based on my subject, which is also literacy. I covered syllables, which culminated in the group writing haikus using stimulus, random words and random topics. Worked really well. Anything creative that gets people "doing" will work, because it will inevitably create a good atmosphere and be fun for you, so all suggestions from other literacy tutor who posted are good. I wouldnt get too bogged down in teaching a theory of some sort-your tutor will be looking at how you do something and how you engage the group.

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