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Reflection of Microteaching

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Introduction

Micro Teaching Reflection In this section I shall demonstrate the way in which I have used reflection in order to critically evaluate my teaching practice. This lesson was observed by Preia Basra from the South Birmingham College based Cert Ed teaching staff and a group of my peers. I realize that there is a strategy to planning a lesson. There were certain aspects of the lesson plan, such as the goals and objectives that helped me focus on my lesson, as well as making sure that each activity I had planned was relevant and effective. Writing a lesson plan gave me a chance to think through each aspect and make sure that there were no holes. Even though I felt prepared going into the classroom, there is only so much planning and preparation that is possible. There will always be things that will come up, such as random student responses or questions that I will not have prepared for. Learning how to deal with situations such as those will come with time and experience. Preparing and teaching my microteaching lesson to a group of my peers was a phenomenal learning experience for me. In addition to planning activities and aligning my lesson with standards, I also had the opportunity to observe other teachers and receive constructive feedback on my own lesson. ...read more.

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Along with more effective speaking, I think that there should have been more direct and specific feedback for the activities. I should have been more aware of the good thinking that was occurring so that I could compliment the appropriate efforts during their participation. I think the transitions between the activities may have been the most lacking area of my lesson. When planning the lesson I had particular ideas that I wanted to relay with each activity, and I had an overarching theme. This should have been facilitated more with a better introduction for each activity. The timing worked out very well with all of my activities, the use of the worksheets was to grab the attention of the class, which it did effectively. "While experience may be the foundation of learning, it does not necessarily lead to it: Their needs to be active engagement." Boud et al, (1993), p.9 I also tried to use language that would merit an answer of higher thinking and the activities provoked just that with the group responses. I also discovered during the session that a lot of the lesson was based on the participation of the group. All in all the class went very well, but I did notice weakness in my teaching style. ...read more.

Conclusion

I feel that there are not too many things that I would have done differently, as I feel my teaching was well planned and very resourceful. However, I could have been a little more confident and believe that this is an area I can improve upon, along with defining clearly the aims and objectives. The biggest change that I would make would be with regards to speech; I feel I need to speak a little slower when explaining complex terms, but feel this may have been more to the nature of my group and given the timeframe within which to complete the teaching. I believe you must have some passion for the subject you are teaching, and I would like to think that I have found where I want to be. The major task in hand now is developing me through reflection, practice, observation, self-evaluation and dialogue. I would like to end with a quote that I believe really underlines why I am enjoying what I am doing. "Despite having the same learning experience, each individual will construct on individual meaning that only they hold." Reece & Walker (1992), p.98 FENTO Standards: B1 a-f; B2 a-c G1 d-f; G2 c-e; a-e Minimum Core: 2.4, 3.1, 3.4, 3.4, 4.3, 4.8, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 8.1, 8.3, 8. ...read more.

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