I have an interview at Warwick university for Secondary Biology on the 18th of Jan.
I will need to give a microteaching presentation for 3-5 mins which needs to demonstrate subject knowledge and engage the audience in a discussions.
I am reallyyy confused about what to talk about. Any suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated..
PGCE Biology Microteaching HELP! Watch
- Thread Starter
- 27-12-2010 21:25
- 01-01-2011 21:28
I had something similar with Cambridge a few years back, but they didn't give me most of a month's notice, they sprang it to us on the day.
Pick something you are comfortable with, they are looking for your innate abilities. I must say though, if you are a biologist and are particularly strong with one specific area of chemistry or physics then that would be a nice thing to show off.
I (as a chemist trainee) did a 2-3min session on aerodynamics and lift:
Starter - Threw a paper plane and a ball of paper -> Why does one fly and the other not?
Main - Wing shape and Bernoulli principle (not the whole story i know, but a starter on aerodynamics at least), air travels faster on the top, slower underneath, generates lift
Demo/Plenary - everyone had 2 pieces of paper, i showed them if you hold them a small distance appart and blow between them they pull together (demonstrating said principle).
A nice, neat, 3 part package. It helped that it was a part of science that i was very strong on (used to teach air cadets exactly that stuff) and the interviewers probably had minimal knowledge on.
Discussions are a bit of an ask, they are a pain to manage even for a moderately experienced teacher and are very time consuming. Do you have an idea of the audience, is it just your fellow interviewees and interviewers?