Micro-teaching is a phrase that you may already be familiar with. But for those of you who aren’t aware of it, let us explain. If you have arrived at this article you are probably aware that the PTLLS Award was replaced back in 2014 with the Level 3 Award in Education and Training. One of the core modules within this course is the micro-teach. It is an opportunity to showcase your skills and knowledge; delivering a 15-minute presentation on a subject of your choice online.
Removing the face-to-face experience
Most training providers promote the fact that learners studying the Level 3 AET can complete the competency part via Skype or Zoom. Whilst this may seem very appealing, it is not a great idea to take part in an entirely online course.
By completing the competency part of the course online, it takes away the opportunity to deliver a lesson in front of a small group of people. Therefore when you have to do this in real life, it will seem a lot more daunting and you may feel underprepared. Presenting to a group also gives you the chance to interact with your learners, and adjust the content of your micro-teach to suit their reactions. Every learner is different after all, and standing in front of a computer screen doesn’t allow you to gain direct feedback from your learners.
Hindering your career path
Remember that you are gaining a qualification at the end of your tutor training course. If you opt for a completely online course with no interaction, you could reach the end with no actual experience of teaching in a learning environment. Yes, you may easily walk into a new job as a tutor within a further education college; but with no practical teaching skills you may struggle.
We feel strongly about delivering training programmes that are going to give you the best possible chance for career progression. It should be a requirement that the only competency-based unit within the Level 3 Award in Education and Training qualification should be delivered in person. As a learner, it would be extremely difficult for you to gain all the necessary teaching skills from a 15-minute webcam lesson.
Choose the right provider
There are many benefits of online learning, and you will work through all of the knowledge-based content on our online learning system. However, what makes our course different from most other training providers is that you are required to attend one day at our centre in Boston, Lincolnshire. You will be able to network with other learners on your course; and also deliver your micro-teach to a small group of 4-6 people.
The most important thing to understand with our blended course is that you will be given feedback from your learners on your micro-teach. This can be invaluable and help you on your way to becoming an experienced tutor. 15 minutes really isn’t a long period of time. But you will be amazed at how much you can learn from carrying out your micro-teach in front of a live audience.
A word from one of our assessors
Dan Kirk joined Brooks and Kirk back in 2014, and is the face behind our virtual learning systems. Here are a few reasons why he believes micro-teach is important:
Throughout his career, Dan has observed hundreds of people deliver their micro-teaches. Whilst pre-presentation nerves are always visible, the buzz afterwards is worth it. Think of it like that workout that you dread doing. You never feel rubbish after you have completed the workout, as you get the adrenaline rush that follows. It is just the same when delivering a micro-teach; (although hopefully you won’t finish it with quite so much sweat pouring off your face!).
If you would like more information on the Level 3 Award in Education and Training and the modules that you are required to complete, please contact us today on 01205 805 155.