“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.
- 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.