Microteaching is like grooming the groomers. To be clearer about this, it simply means training future teachers-to-be. This is essential training while pursuing B.Ed. Course. B.Ed. refers to Bachelor of Education which is pursued either after intermediary i.e., 12th exams or even after completing under graduation. B.Ed. The course is necessary for taking up teaching as a full-time profession in India. It is imperative to pass this exam before applying to any school for a full-fledged teaching job. During the tenure of this course, there are several screening tests and training held to groom the students of this course as teachers, out of which the role of micro teaching has the greatest impact on the aspiring teachers as well as on the students they are about to teach.
Micro Teaching refers to the test that is held just before entering real schools for internship and training. This test includes the co-aspiring teachers who act as students, the lecturers, sometimes they also invite real students, externals to evaluate their performance- if or not they are ready to get into the internship.
They are evaluated based on teaching, body language, doubt clearing, blackboard usage, basic and detailed knowledge about the subject and the interest and enthusiasm to get involved in this profession.
Apart from these, micro teaching plays a significant role not only in the lives and quality of teaching the teachers but also in how much can the student grasp or derive information from this teaching. For better understanding, this article evaluates the role of this segment of B.Ed. Training.
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- Building Confidence among the Teachers:
One of the major things this training provides is improving the self-confidence among the aspiring teachers. Confidence is a must in the teaching profession and the fearlessness to speak in public is a very important habit to inculcate for a profession like this. There is no way one can impart knowledge to the students without speaking to them in the classroom. Improving the confidence level can also eradicate the fear of students’ queries.
- Clarity of Basics:
Before being appointed to their internships, the subjects are allotted according to the knowledge and degree they are qualified in. Microteaching encourages them to be thorough with their respective subjects so that they can be confident while teaching.
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- Personality Development:
Microteaching boosts the personality of teachers and this process, in turn, proves to encourage the personality development for kids. It is like a chain reaction that starts with the teachers who are then inculcated among the students.
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- Corrects Body Language:
Aspiring teachers need to have appropriate and friendly body language. It is a vital thing for the students to understand and read the body language of the teacher which should not be clumsy, scared, and confused. A relevant body language radiates a strong personality that always impresses the masses.
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- Corrects minute mistakes:
Microteaching is also a type of dummy class where the minute mistakes that might be made by the trainee in the future are rectified on the spot. This will help them to know what to avoid during the training and what to add.
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- Proper usage of blackboard:
In the initial stages of a teaching career, the teacher needs to make optimum use of the blackboard. The use of blackboards during teaching is considered healthy and interactive to the lessons being taught. It keeps the students engaged- anyone becoming inattentive will immediately pay attention to the moment the teacher scribbles on the blackboard.
- Improves Teacher Student Interaction:
The sole purpose of micro-teaching is to keep the students on the edge of their seats and become comfortable enough with the teacher so that they can ask questions without fear. Interaction with the students and provoking their inquisitiveness is a vital role played by a teacher that can improve the learning skills of the students.
- Eliminate Unnecessary storytelling:
Microteaching instructs the teacher to teach to-the-point and avoid unnecessary talks with the student. If at all necessary, a relatable example or topic that is associated with the lesson can be discussed or narrated to the students. Irrelevant topic discussion sways the teacher away from the lesson and the students lose interest in the topic, thereby, indulging in unnecessary small talks, not appropriate for students.
A teacher should be down-to-earth and benevolent. If a teacher lacks humility about his/her knowledge, the students may tend to refrain from a healthy interaction that would have been a knowledgeable one. Therefore, keeping the ego aside, the teachers should practice being kind and generous towards the demands of the students.
The teaching profession extracts and expects a great deal of patience from the teachers. It is not easy to attend to each and every student in a class of 45 students- each one of them having different learning and grasping capabilities. To attain this patience, it is advisable to either practice meditation or consult professional help from a personality development course.
Imparting knowledge is a huge social responsibility taken up by teachers and lecturers. Society owes gratitude to the people involved in this profession. The pressure is very high and likewise, the role of micro teaching is crucial in the life of an aspiring teacher. Patience and positivity are the two main ingredients to pass through this test victoriously.