It was Geognut and Raksha3's microteaching sessions yesterday, and both of them went through the same topic on Industries (by now, all of us know that it won't be included in the syllabus for 2007. *Sob*). Geognut started on a good note-- we can see that the lesson had been carefully prepared-- there was a lot of attention to details and careful delivery of additional information. There was also group work for us. However, despite this, Geognut's class sounded like a drill and practice session after a while, because I think too much content is being covered. To his defence, I would like to say that i have taught this topic before, and i found it hard to pace the lessons because it is sooo content heavy. perhaps it is too ambitious to fuse together two large components (least cost theory model and the factors for industrial location) despite the fact that we cannot teach one without the other. Students must be given time to absorb the information, and we also need to factor time in case we need to re-explain something, even if it is a very good class.
Also, there are gaps between knowledge-- there is no explicit information on globalisation in the textbook for this topic. As such, students may find it difficult to relate technological development with the extent this influences the decision making of firms. It is very tricky to define globalisation because it is both visible and invisible-- it is everywhere around us, but we take for granted because it functions day to day, most of the time. So to target a working definition for our students nay also be difficult because technically, they do not need to know anything about it, but they need the definition to help them understand the topic better. But good try overall, Geognut-- you handled the disruptive students with a firm hand.
With regards to Raksha3's lesson-- I thought that it was well paced, and that it was useful to assign a project to students whereby they need to research on other industries. This will allow them to have other resources to quote during exams, as well as allow them to apply the facotrs for industrial location onto other indutrial estates. I felt that it was useful for her to include a map of Bangalore in her powerpoint slides as well as show pictures of other areas of Bangalore so that students will get a contextual understanding of the industrial estate. Again, it was a monster of a case study, so pacing of content is again, important. The class was probably tired after the whole hooha during Geognut's session, so we were relatively subdued. I think perhaps Raksha3 could have elicited more student response so that she wouldn't feel like she is driving the lesson on her own energy. Responsive students make our day. :) This entry is waaay too long.