Off to a great start of term with new groups?  These first weeks are critical to forward plan some extra activities – such as business speaker of the year or a microteach before student’s diaries fill up with cricket matches, drama rehearsals, prefect duties or trampolining fixtures. You get the picture.  So stick your flag in their diary with a microteach – perhaps set it for the first week before half term.  An exciting diversion from the normal hum drum routine of lessons and idea for when young minds are semolina after all the information that they have digested in a 7 week term.

Microteach is a short 10 minute slot for them to fill on a topic of their choosing – they don’t know what the topics entail yet so it’s even better – no cherry picking all the easy marketing subjects!

Here are some suggestions for a microteach activity:

  • Pictionary
  • Pass the parcel with questions on the topics and mystery sweet prizes in each layer
  • Full class trading game, buy and sell paper boats that students make with monopoly money
  • Taboo
  • Straight presentation no frills
  • Role play game
  • Crosswords or wordesearches on A3 paper
  • Trionimoes
  • Bunting
  • Darts (throw darts at board to get a question on the topic).

The photo that goes with this blog is of a darts game that one of my students made for their microteach. The only rules are that everyone has to participate in their activity and that they can offer a prize.  So one group decided to do a twist on the eating chocolate blindfold with ski gloves and a knife a fork game – if students managed to eat a square of chocolate they then had to answer a question on the topic.   A great bonding activity between me and the students, and I haven’t laughed so much for ages.

Have fun with it.  The benefit to the students is independent research, consolidation and a love for the subject. If you think you haven’t got time to put this into your scheme of work – then you are missing the point.  Students need activities like this to keep them engaged and onside in the lessons where you are doing timed essays or going through past papers and the boredom factor is up at 80%. Variety is the spice of life. I will leave that with you.