Microteaching sessions are designed to provide you with opportunities to practice your teaching skills in small groups of peers. During these sessions, which are offered several times each month, you will present 15-minute mini-lessons and receive verbal and written feedback from your peers and the Centre for Teaching Excellence (CTE) facilitator. Each session is approximately 2.5 hours in length.
For information about how microteaching sessions work, what you need to do to prior to the session and the registration process, see microteaching details.
The Fundamentals program must be completed by the end of your graduate studies. Please note that students often require two terms to complete all three microteaching sessions.
Successful completion of the Effective Lesson Plans (CTE202) workshop is required prior to registering for microteaching sessions.
To complete the microteaching requirements of the Fundamentals program, participants must participate in and have accepted 3 microteaching sessions.
Each microteaching session includes:
- 15 minute lesson by each participant
- Feedback from peers and CTE staff
You need to successfully complete one microteaching session on each of the following topics (in any order):
- Your favorite theory or theorist
- A key concept or skill from an introductory course
- Your favourite teaching method
A list of upcoming microteaching sessions can be found on the Microteaching Events page.
Sessions are opened for registration mid-month, for the following month. Multiple sessions are offered each month of a term, with the exception of April, August and December.
Steps for how-to register can be found on each Microteaching Events page.
If you register for a session that is full, you can choose to be placed on a wait-list for that session. While on a wait-list for a session, it is encouraged that you complete a lesson plan in advance. Doing so will help ensure you are prepared for if a seat becomes available for a session.
If you have any questions about your registration in the microteaching session, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lesson plan submission and approval policy
Your lesson plan is due 7 days prior to your session. Please submit your lesson plan on LEARN.
Your facilitator will evaluate your lesson plan and provide feedback. This feedback will be available under the feedback heading on LEARN.
If revisions are required, your revised lesson plan will be due within 24 hours of receiving feedback. It is your responsibility to check your LEARN account for this feedback and make any necessary revisions prior to your microteaching session. If your lesson plan and/or lesson plan revisions are not received by the due date, your registration in the session will be cancelled in order to make room for a student on the waitlist (please review the Microteaching Cancellation Policy below).
Microteaching Cancellation Policy
Due to high demand, microteaching sessions fill quickly and often carry a waiting list. Out of consideration for students waiting to participate in our sessions, it is important that we have measures in place that prevent repeated cancellations and cancellations with not enough advance notice. With this in mind, please be advised that the following cancellation policy is now in place for microteaching sessions:
- Attendance and preparation is expected. You should only register for a microteaching session when you are sure that you will have time in your schedule to submit your lesson plan on time, make revisions to your lesson plan,if required, and adequately prepare for your session.
- If you must cancel, please do so 72 hours prior to your session in order to allow CTE staff to offer the space to another student and for the other student to have enough time to prepare.
- Cancellations within 72 hours of your microteaching session will result in a 90-day probation period. During this period, you will be unable to enrol in any microteaching sessions.
- More than two cancellations in a term (regardless of the notice given) will also result in a 90-day probation period. During this period, you will be unable to enrol in any microteaching sessions. Please note that failing to submit your lesson plan or lesson plan revisions on time counts as a cancellation.
To cancel your microteaching session, please send an email to: email@example.com.
EMLS601R/ESL601R: Professional Spoken English
Students who have completed EMLS 601R/ESL601R: Professional Spoken English can have this count in place of one microteaching session.
EMLS 601R/ESL601R cannot replace the third microteaching topic (teaching method).
To count this course as credit for your Fundamentals microteaching please contact firstname.lastname@example.org once the course credit is on your transcript.