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Micro teaching Reflection By: Reema Alpana

My micro-teaching day was getting nearer and nearer and the hours for preparation seemed as if they were sailing in rocket ships. I felt encircled by panic, tension and stress. I had been thinking of ways to come up with a lesson which was stimulating enough to gain everyone’s curiosity and interest. I then realized how much planning and brain storming is required before a lesson is presented. On the other hand, making a lesson perfect enough to stimulate every student’s understanding is another challenge. My micro-teaching partner and I then came up with the idea of putting up a lesson on “Basic Introduction to Chemistry”. Here, we had planned to discuss Elements, Compounds and Mixtures as well as methods involved in separating them. Burning the midnight oil, I managed to complete our lesson plan. Moreover, it has been seen that 21st century teaching is slowly evolving and it now promotes student–centred learning. It is believed that the level of understanding is greater if students are allowed to reason things out and teachers play the role of a facilitator not commentator. Taking these principal ideas in mind, we had designed a perfect student oriented lesson.

Additionally, I personally believe that confidence is one of the key elements required in a teacher as this will help him/her in developing good classroom management skills as well as display an exemplar attitude. We needed to mould ourselves in all ways possible in order to display this confident attitude. Being well versed with our lesson content was one of the areas that helped us build confidence in our teaching. The lesson stared of well. Like any good lesson, I had also come up with an opening story. This was basically designed to arouse curiosity and interest as well as a slight touch on the students’ prior knowledge on “separating mixtures”. Furthermore, the lesson content was well structured and linked. It involved numerous group activities and transforming theses group activities into a competition help arouse more interest and student involvement. This played a major role in carrying out our lesson evaluation. The awarding of certificates to the winning groups provoked competition as well as excitement into the students.

The level of student participation was a clear indication of a successful lesson. The lesson objectives were all met as students were able to identify Elements, Compounds and Mixtures as well as design methods to separate them. These ideas were enforced into the students via an indirect approach where we enabled students to brainstorm, recall and practice team work to generate understanding of the concepts being taught. Upon completion of the lesson, we were complimented for our tremendous performance and enthusiasm. However, the only drawback was that despite the fact that it was already mentioned in the lesson plan, we failed to highlight the ground rules before proceeding with the lesson. Thus, this was our only weak point. Spending few more hours in the rehearsal would have help us avoid such a slip-up. Finally, I feel relieved that my micro-teaching was a success and I know understand how much dedication and planning is required in order to come up with a perfect lesson.

June 2, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | 1 Comment