Thursday, May 13, 2010
Another part of my 10 hours was going to teach students about a program called leave no trace. The students loved the activites that we taught because it was all about the environment and camping. We taught them to be responsible in the environment and how to leave no trace while camping or just being outside. Hopefully the students got a good idea of how to dispose of garabage and act in the environment.
I also went to Lime Hollow with a group of students. At Lime Hollow we taught the students games that incorporated the way animals live and the objects found in nature. We wanted to educate the students but also play games so it was exciting. My group had to involve activities that were based on senses and guiding from other students because we had a visually impaired student in our class. To include that student in our activities we wanted to be fair so we would have half of the other students blind folded. The visually impaired student was a major learning experience for me. When she asked me what a certain flower looked like I had to sit there ant think about how to explain what it looked like because I couldn't say it's yellow and green. It was very interesting to have to explain in a different form rather than just saying the color and shape, I held it in her hand and told her to follow my hand and as I went through the flower I explained where you can find them and what they are good for. She was an amazing and very smart girl and I was so happy to have had the privilage to teach her. She even quizzed me through the whole day and I didn't even know it!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
In lab D I feel like I did pretty good. I definitely feel like this was my best lesson so far, even though I forgot my instant activity! Other than missing my instant activity I think I did really well on the C9 form. This was my first time filling out a C9 form so somethings were a little unclear but after filling it out I feel like I did a pretty good job. I know things will go wrong and sometimes you'll forget somethings you had planned so I wasn't really nervous about forgetting it. I felt the most prepared I have felt so far for this lesson. I'm not sure if I felt more prepared because I felt comfortable in front of the class now or if it was because I turned my lesson plan in early and got to know it in and out so I was ready to give my lesson. I wasn't worried about how things were going so I could concentrate more on giving students feedback which is sometimes hard when you are trying to keep up yourself with the lesson. During this lesson I felt like I wasn't getting flustered because I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how I wanted to teach it, filling out my activity progression sheet helped things go smoothly. When I fill out my Time Coding form it gives myself feedback on how I should manage my time better, whether I am doing too much instruction and not enough activity time or whatever it is. I was nervous to have to teach for twenty five minutes but it wasn't bad at all. I taught my lesson outside so it was nice to have to freedom to let loose with your Frisbee rather than being restricted in the tight gym space. Being outside gave the students a more realistic feel for how Disc Golf is really played. Now that I am done with lab D I can kind of breathe easy for one second. The content development gave me a hard time and I worked on it for a while but I tried my best
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
I paste the links but they aren't showing up. I get this message saying that there is a scripted web page. It lets me post the links but they aren't showing up so I'm going to have to ask in class about it.
Friday, March 5, 2010
When I do the transcript I realize I say things very weird and unclear sometimes. I know that I haven't been teaching in front of a camera long and I know I get nervous everytime so that is part of the reason I think. Before I get on camera all day I am thinking about how I want to go about my lesson, but it seems that as soon as I get in front of the class I lose everything I wanted to say or it all comes out differently than I planned! Hopefully I can change that the more I teach. I swear I know exactly what I want to do and how I want to say everything but then I open my mouth and everything is much different. Also through the transcript I realize that I say "guys" way too much. This time teaching I didn't give hardly any feedback. I think it was because I was really distracted with Gio speaking Italian to me, I felt very overwhelmed by that. I was happy that Dr. Yang through a curveball at me beacuse I haven't had to deal with a bad kid or anything in class yet so I wanted to see how I would react to something like that. I talked to Dr. Yang after class and asked him how to deal with a student that doesn't speak Italian I now feel better about having to deal with it. I do think I did a pretty good job with the student but I kind of ignored the rest of the class.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
My feedback analysis was a little confusing to do. I was unsure of how to exactly fill out the form. I could've gave more of my students feedback. It was difficult to know who I was giving feedback to because I wasn't getting video taped. I told someone good job but I didn't know who it was because I didn't say a name and it was just over the microphone. I'm sure I'll get better at analysing feedback the more I do it.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
In my lesson for the side jump I forgot a few things. It was hard to be put on the spot with a new skill to teach a class with such a short notice. I appreciate lesson plans more now because having the lesson planned out is much easier to incorporate everything that you want to in the lesson. By getting a new skill to teach right before you have to teach it is pretty difficult especially when you don't have very much knowledge or you can't perform the skill very well. Listening to myself talk and teach a lesson makes you realize how you speak in an everyday situation. I need to stop using "ya" and "gunna" it just doesn't sound right when I hear it, but it does when it comes out of my mouth. Well I have a lot to work on and by watching and listening to myslef I feel like it makes me grow.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Doing this transcript was pretty hard. It's hard to keep up with everything that I was saying and try to type it. I would like to learn a trick to doing this if there is one. During some parts of my teaching I couldn't really hear myself very well. I don't know if it was because the camera was too far away, but I know I should've spoke louder so then I could hear myself on the video.
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
My time coding was not as good as my first time teaching this lesson. I still didn't have any wait time but my instructions were too long. It's hard to teach a full lesson in four minutes and incorporate everything you need to do to make it a successful lesson. I need to shorten the length of my instructions and make them clearer. In my teaching lesson I was more confident than I was the first time. I actually used the teaching ideas that we learned in class. It's hard to do all of them in such a short time but the more I practice the better I will become at applying them into my teaching. I need to have a girl and a boy demonstrate the skill being taught, that was one of the things I had missing from my lesson that I noticed, it wasn't the only thing though.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
I looked over my time coding sheet and the percentages, the percentages weren't that far off from the ranges they should be. After looking over my lesson a few times and really watching for specific things I realized that my instructions were too long and I need to involve more activity time. There was a good amount of activity time but the students were getting impatient from all the standing around. I could've shortened my instructions by briefly explaining the skill, giving a few cues, and then do D.E.A.D. My teaching also needed an introduction, intratask variations, and adaptations so the students would stay interested in the activity.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
I liked how I addressed the class as "class" rather than guys. My voice was loud enough and I was easy to understand. I could've explained the skill clearer and easier so the students would be able to follow my instructions better. I also needed to use D.E.A.D, I only demonstrated and explained. My body language looked like I was nervous so I could use some more confidence. I didn't have an ending to my lesson. If I were to teach again I would want to explain it clearer what I am trying to teach the students. I would also like to show some confidence in what I am teaching.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
1. I thought my teaching lesson went well, there were somethings I need to work on. I thought that I managed my time pretty well. I fit in everything I had in mind that I was going to do. When I was explaining my skill I felt that I used good cues for learning a soccer pass. The students seemed to be doing the skill right so I think they understood the way I taught them.
2. I know there is a lot that I still have to learn and experience before I become a teacher, so there are many things that I can improve on. To start I need to speak louder and teach with enthusiasm to make each class interesting and enjoyable. I could have also incorporated a game rather than just having the students practice the skill. I should have assessed them and how well they passed while playing a game.
3. If I am more enthused than the students will be more motivated to learn and try their hardest. By making each class fun and exciting the students will want to participate more, which will make them feel better about themselves. By assessing students they will get to see their grade based on their performance which will either make them want to improve if they didn't score so well or encourage to keep working as hard as they were to keep their good score.