Micro Teaching Sessions 21st March part 2

During the session I viewed about 6 presentations.

I really enjoyed Jason’s as the content was so linked to the subjects I teach and I have never seen a pair of Pinatex shoes, but have always wanted to.

The slides were beautifully produced which is always great when you are presenting potentially ‘dry’ subjects.  His use of technology; images, infographics and film clips is always considered and informative.


I would like to try and incorporate the use of mixed media more in my teaching and push this to the boundaries of the equipment available.

Rebecca’s session was very interactive and involved asking the group to perform 5 drawings of a glass.  I thought the idea was brilliant but I know I was not a willing participant.  I am a TERRIBLE artist and being asked to draw in a room where the majority are practising artists made me feel uncomfortable. I just really don’t like drawing.

Interestingly, I think the reason this happened was similar to a reflection I had on my own micro teaching session, i.e, that it’s easy to assume everyone has the same basic knowledge.


An easy solution to fix the above would be to deliver he exercise in pairs, there would have been no pressure on individuals if this had happened and is certainly something I will think about.

I was not able to attend Maisie’s session but it seems from her blog post that she shares the same feeling about ensuring that the outcomes were made clearer.

I really enjoyed Nicola’s session about gender and Barbie.  The delivery and content was interestingly provocative and did an amazing job of questioning my own thinking.  The use of symbolism was introduced clearly in relation to gender roles.


Try to find symbolic items or exercises that everyone can relate to.  I think this would have been useful for me in my own teaching session.  I thought I had achieved this with a handbag but looking back I should have done the exercise using a fashion and non fashion object rather than running another exercise simultaneously.


Micro Teaching Presentation 21st March 2018

Planning for this was hard!  I was procrastinating about even beginning.  Actually I didn’t really know where to start.  I realised that because I have so much teaching material I rarely have to start ‘from scratch’.  Usually when I am planning a lecture or seminar I know the topic and expected end result.  With this I had to make it up myself and this was what I found hard.  The time was also posing a problem.  What I teach comes from 22 years of industry experience; its very hard to condense even a small part into 10 minutes.

With little time left I remembered a useful planning tool I learnt when I began studying my PGCert some 5 years ago…….


I used this to plan my subject and suddenly everything fell into place.  The actual session then only took a short time to produce.


This session incorporated some tried and tested teaching techniques which I felt confident at delivering considering I had no guinea pigs for a test run and little time to practise.

On the day of the session I was busy, rushing and worried about leaving to pick up my children – resulting in a lack of focus on the task in hand.

I revisited the Engestrom planning cycle to see what I would have done differently:

The words in red are where I felt I needed to give greater consideration in my planning.  I had forgotten the group, although mainly working at UAL, would not have the same industry knowledge or comprehension of fashion business that I have.  I also realised that I forgot to explain the outcomes at the beginning – this is something I rarely have to do because my seminars follow lectures although I would always do this for a lecture.

This is an image of the feedback given in the session and how I grouped the comments:

Feedback seemed to be grouped into 4 areas:

Specific content – comments related to the sustainability and production of the item and best practice.

General positives – presentation style, relaxed delivery, good use of props and interesting subject, relevance to big picture demonstrated.

Specific positives – good subject knowledge, concluded well, industry relevance, interactive.

Improvements – speed of delivery too fast, opening explanation and session outcomes needed, clarification of some terminology, swop the tasks.

Overall I was pleased with how the session went.

What I learnt?

Don’t assume everyone has the same basic understanding as you.

Be clear about session outcomes.

Don’t rush!

Practice timings.