Thursday, September 24, 2009

Spirals all around

I think I did a decent job in my short lesson on throwing a football. After reviewing my transcript I thought I explained the task clearly and there wasn't any misunderstanding by the students. Another positive was I noticed that my cues were easy to remember, short and to the point. Although, I strained to hear myself throughout the video and the camera was not very far away. If the camera can not hear me from a close distance, students in the back cannot hear or understand what is being said. After my lesson I thought I gave good feedback to students but was disappointed when I filled out my feedback analysis chart. The chart showed I only got around to four students and my feedback was not entirely congruent to my cues. However, I did use intratask variation with students who excelled immediately with throwing a football to challenge their skill more. I think I did use many of the tools effectively, such as intratask variation, which is extremely important to maintaining order and safety in the classroom. One of my main concerns was my time management. My time coding sheet revealed only 1/3 of my lesson was spent with students engaged in activity while the other 2/3 was management. I also did not maximize on my full four minutes and ended almost an entire minute early. I hope to use this knowledge to better my teaching in the future and provide an efficient, fun classroom for my students.

Welcome Back - Day one of 255!


Danyl Johnson auditioned on X-Factor and essentially took over the audience. Personally, I was so memorized by it, I watched it three times. It was clear Danyl was passionate, relaxed and excited to be performing. Watching my initial micro teaching episode, I was dissapointed to see my lack of all three of these elements. I saw little enjoyment and even less excitement in my teaching. I plan on conveying my interests in helping my students learn by showing students my love for sports or games and skills being taught. I need to put more excitement in my voice and body language, and demonstrate more hands on teaching. To make my students want to come back to my class I will make the class fun and exciting to come to. If I am not fun and exciting myself, then the class will not be. I plan on using the "floor" better, much like Danyl who was all over the stage and using all of the space he was given. Danyl's performance was everything teaching should be, interesting, exciting and wonder he's a teacher!