Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Little Rice Bags

Today was the first time I could actually say that I was very comfortable with teaching. Even though i had to teach some Chinese words, for the most part i feel that the lesson went really well. after listening to my lesson, i could tell that i got nervous in some places but i was able to redeem myself and get back to my comfort level. Still with my teaching i still tend to say "guys" and now I also need to find another way to tell everyone when they are doing good because i kept saying "good job", if i keep saying that then the students will not think that i am really watching what they are doing and tend to goof off. After this lesson i am a lot more confident in my teaching ability, and what i can do in a classroom setting, even though i only taught for 7 min, it felt like the 7 min went by fast, and I truly feel that i could have kept going and it would have been nothing to have finished out the lesson, but there are new things i want to try when i get to reteach this lesson/ add on to the lesson with in the next week or so.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

6 v 6

For today's lesson, I was the last one to go, so I had to put all the previous skills all together. Even though class time had run out there were still some of my classmates willing to stay and help me out and act as my students for the day. There were enough of them to play a 6 v 6 game of ultimate frisbee. When I went back and listened to my teaching I noticed that I said "you guys" a lot during the lesson. That is one thing I really need to work on when I am teaching, it is a habit to say that but when I am in a classroom setting it would sound sexist to just keeps saying that. I also need to work on finishing sentences, I seemed to have a lot of incomplete sentences when I talk, if I were to complete them I would not have to repeat myself for clarity. These are just minor things that I can work on, and they will allow my performance as a teacher that much better.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Practice makes perfect

On the first day of class we had to teach a skill that we knew how to do using the equipment that we were supplied with. Now after we have been in class and have learned many techniques that will help us when teaching, we were asked to reteach what we taught on the first day. I think that the second time teaching was a lot easier because I knew what to do, and how to go about using my time. We were asked to review our videos and look at four different aspects, Management, Activity, Instruction and Waiting. With every lesson we do, these four aspects will be there. For using these aspects we had to come up with a percentage of each for the whole lesson. we can receive a total of 5 points for the whole lesson. When I looked at my lesson I received 3 out of the 5 points. I need to work on decreasing my management time and increasing my activity time, but other than that my lesson seemed to have kept the right percentages for the majority of the aspects.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Lets Get Talking

The past couple of classes we have really started talking about feedback, and how it is good to give it when teaching students. Not only to give feedback to the class as a whole but individually as well. Most students become more motivated when you let them know that you see what they are doing and you encourage them to keep at it. You can give feedback in many different ways, it can be positive, negative and also neutral. All feedback is there to help the student. Each student is also different when it comes to giving feedback and responds to it differently. Looking back on when I did my teaching I noticed that I did give group feedback, but there was no individual feedback given at all. Hopefully with practice and learning what I have learned within the past couple days I will be able to give feedback at all level and I will also be able to recognize what type of feedback each student responds to.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Can any one hear me??

After re watching the video from my first time teaching. I noticed a lot of different things that I did not notice the first time watching it. As I had said before I used my hands a lot, I also did not introduce myself at all so my classmates had no idea who I was, in the class room setting that would no have been a good thing. I also looked down at the ground a lot, this showed that I was nervous being in front of my peers for the first time. With the camera being so far away it was hard to hear what I was saying, I needed to be a lot louder, I also turned my back to the "Students" when I was demonstrating dribbling. They could see what I was trying to have them do, but they could not hear me, or see the proper way to dribble. Another thing I noticed watching the video again is that I repeated myself numerous time about keeping your head up and looking where you were going. In the lesson I made that statement or one that was similar to it at least 5 time. With more practice I will now be aware of the things that I need to work on and try to improve on them each and every time I teach in class.