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A Micro-Teach experience – (Education and Training Course)

28 May

As part of the Education and Training course, all learners are required to conduct a Micro-Teach. A Micro-Teach assesses the more practical side of teaching – running a lesson.

This process may seem incredibly daunting to some (including myself at the time) but it’s in fact a great learning experience and thoroughly enjoyable.

I’m the kind of person who’s cheeks will rapidly become a deep shade of red just at the thought of addressing an audience. So the idea of teaching a class of adults really had me biting my nails. However, there was much more to it then standing and stuttering in front of my peers.

There is such a variety of talent within an Education and Training group so you are not given boundaries as to what you must teach in your class, and are encouraged to choose something you have good knowledge on or a hobby. I personally have a background in Art so for me it was an easy choice, at least that’s what I thought until I realised how broad this was.

Seemingly throughout this panic period I had forgotten the importance of planning within the teaching role. Everything started to come into place once we had been given a detailed example of a Micro-Teach lesson plan. Seeing the plan enabled me to think logically about each time slot of the 20 minute lesson and how I could fill it with something beneficial and relevant. Learners are to be engaged by the lesson and get fully involved, so I didn’t have to just stand at the front talking. In fact, it should be 70/30 Learner to teacher activity.

In the end I decided I would hold my Micro-Teach on speed portrait drawing, as this meant I could get everybody involved whilst fitting it into the small time frame. I was lucky that I had a background in such a practical activity as it made the ratio of talking and involvement easier to fulfil. When it came to the day itself there were still some lingering nerves but when I got started with my plan in close proximity it was all worth it.

If you prepare what you’re going to do and your subject then the Micro-Teach can be such a fun experience. The thing to remember is that all your learners on the day are going to be going through the same worried states and will be completely supportive of one another as they are in the same boat. Having the opportunity to watch the other teachers is also a fascinating part of the day and you may even leave with a lot extra knowledge.

All in all, do not fear the Micro-Teach, embrace it and enjoy all the possibilities it has!
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Please contact us if you want to know how to start an Education and training course.

Education and Training

20 May

Are you a hairdresser? A holistic therapist? An artist? Have you got a skill you could teach to others?

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This four day course serves as an introductory teaching qualification enabling learners to take their first step into adult education. It’s a very participatory and interactive course, and you will gain confidence in a variety of group activities, as well as finding out about inclusive learning, planning sessions and assessment.

“It’s one of the most enjoyable courses I’ve ever attended – really well organised and delivered.”

– JR, (a recent learner) 

Benefits of the course:

– Increase career opportunities
– Expand your current services
– Increase confidence and motivation
– Run your own workshops
– Self-employment opportunities

Our next course is running on the 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th of June in our Newton Abbot Training Centre. For more information or to book a place please email us at info@opsw.co.uk or call 0800 043 2440.

Payment can be made securely by BACS or debit/credit card.

Sheila Robb House,
Oak Place,
Lower Queen Street,
Newton Abbot,
Devon
TQ12 2EX

10% off with this code: OPSWJN14

Please note: You may be eligible for funding if you are in receipt of a work related benefit.

Ann Kinsey

Ann has a wealth of experience in the welfare to work sector, supporting people to find work or self-employment. Being part of a very successful employment-support team in Devon, she then went to the Thames Valley area to assist in the start-up of the Work Programme.

Ann has enjoyed her work tutoring young people, as well as her extensive voluntary contribution including running village football teams, arranging and raising funds for a tour of America, enabling young people to gain confidence, self-esteem and many new skills. She has also owned and managed a very successful Pub and Restaurant business in mid Devon. 

More recently she has worked for Exeter College as a programme coordinator and associate lecturer, delivering sessions in Functional Skills to young people, and Employability skills to adults.

“I really enjoy delivering the Education and Training Award course. There is so much variety and I get to meet some great people.”

Education and Training

6 Apr

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This four day course replaces the former PTLLS award and serves as an introductory teaching qualification enabling learners to develop knowledge and skills in Teaching and Learning. It is very participatory and interactive, and you will gain confidence in addressing groups of people over the 4 days, as well as finding out about inclusive learning, planning sessions and assessment.

“It’s one of the most enjoyable courses I’ve ever attended – really well organised and delivered.”

– JR, (a recent learner) 

Skills learned:

– First steps into Adult tutoring
– Increased career opportunities.
– Expanded services to offer.
– Experienced at planning and delivering teaching sessions.
– Helpful tips/information.

Opportunity Plus UK, Newton Abbot, TQ12 2EX
Special Offer Price: £230 (usually £350)
Payment can be made securely by debit/credit card, cheque, or cash by calling into our Teignbridge office. See below for contact  details.

How to Register: Email us at info@opsw.co.uk or call 0800 043 2440 to book your place.

Ann Kinsey

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Ann has a wealth of experience in the welfare to work sector, supporting people to find work or self-employment. Being part of a very successful employment-support team in Devon, she then went to the Thames Valley area to assist in the start-up of the Work Programme.

Ann has enjoyed her work tutoring young people, as well as her extensive voluntary contribution including running village football teams, arranging and raising funds for a tour of America, enabling young people to gain confidence, self-esteem and many new skills. She has also owned and managed a very successful Pub and Restaurant business in mid Devon. 

More recently she has worked for Exeter College as a programme coordinator and associate lecturer, delivering sessions in Functional Skills to young people, and Employability skills to adults.

“I really enjoy delivering the Education and Training Award course. There is so much variety and I get to meet some great people.”

Level 3 Award in Education and Training

20 Mar

Could you use your skills to help others?

This four day course replaces the former PTLLS award and serves as an introductory teaching qualification enabling learners to develop knowledge and skills in Teaching and Learning.

Our next course will be running on the 22nd, 23rd, 29th and 30th of April in our Newton Abbot centre. It’s a fun and participatory qualification which enables a person to teach groups of people aged 16+.

The course involves four days in a classroom, two written assignments, and a fifteen minute micro teach session. Each day runs from 9.30 – 4.30.

If you’d like to book a place or for more information please call 0800 043 2440 or email info@opsw.co.uk.

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