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Microteaching

About Microteaching:

“Microteaching” is a facilitated, collegial practice teaching session, during which each instructor teaches a brief (approx. 5 minute) lesson or leads a short discussion for colleagues. After each participant has given a lesson, the group discusses the experience and offers comments on strengths and suggestions for improvement.

Often done together by a group of TAs in the same course or department, or by colleagues in a cohort (e.g., undergraduate TAs; new faculty), microteaching sessions produce:

  • New, shared insights on effective teaching.
  • A group dynamic that supports collaboration and sharing on what works in teaching.
  • Identification of unique challenges—and solutions—for teaching specific topics, disciplines, or circumstances.

Preparing for Microteaching:

  • Choose a topic or lesson you’re going to teach soon, so you get feedback you can use.
  • Plan to involve the group—if giving a mini-lecture, include some questions; pause and check for understanding; invite responses.
  • Feel free to try something new in your teaching. No one is expecting perfection, and we can all learn from each other’s experiments.
  • Relax—microteaching is intended to be helpful, collegial, and even a little bit fun. The environment will be supportive and constructive.

Logistics:

  • Microteaching usually takes place during the first week or two of a quarter.
  • It’s helpful to plan for about 15 minutes per participant for each microteaching session, and to keep sessions under two hours (about 7 participants per session).
  • Microteaching can be video recorded if desired, so that individual instructors can later view and discuss their microteaching segment in a private consultation with Teaching and Learning Programs staff. 

Contact us to request a microteaching session.