Reflection One: First Day of Teaching

What went well in your lesson?  Be specific.  Did you have great time management?  Were students engaged?  Did a struggling student have a moment where things clicked?  Don’t discount small victories!

  • In our lesson, we decided to do the the beach ball icebreaker activity.  It went well because they listened to our directions.  The kids for the most part were engaged.  We asked them a lot of questions that made excellent icebreakers and the students also learned about other students.  I think that majority of our activity was enjoyed by the class.
  • Some things that went well today was seeing the excitement on a student’s face when he got the right answer after telling me he was dumb and didn’t know anything.  I also helped students create their “wheelchair ramp” in math class.

What didn’t go as planned?  Again, be specific.  Which things did you struggle with in your lesson?

  • Some things that didn’t go as planned include, one student pretending he was someone else and students would get off task. Example, there was a pair of students who were arm wrestling.  Some students were very hard to hear, so it is important to maintain the classroom management and make sure that everyone is being quiet and respecting others.

How would you change the lesson if you were reteaching it?  What modifications would you make?

  • I think if I was re-teaching this lesson I would do it in a more open space.  The room has pods of desks in the middle, making it difficult to create a circle and to toss the ball without hitting the ceiling.   I also think that instead of allowing the students to ask us a question after every question they answered, the best way would be to get the students to pass the ball around and answer questions and not ask the teacher any questions just to keep the class moving and students on task.  I would then have the teachers introduce themselves by the students having to ask the teachers some questions on the sheet.

What did you learn about teaching or about yourself this week in the classroom?  This could be positive or negative.  Reflect on this learning.

  • I think that I have to really pay attention and not be afraid to tell them when they are not engaged, or tell them that they need to pay attention.  Making sure to keep the students on task and engaged.  As I am going to be teaching a physical education lesson next class I was told it would be a good idea to be prepared and have another activity planned “if one should go south”.  I knew teachers have to think on their toes, and even only after one day I can see why.  Our teacher had to be constantly make sure students were on task and if they were off task the teacher made sure that they would be back on task.
  • I am excited to teach a physical education lesson for next class because of the great ideas I was given in our EPE class with Kathy Fowler.

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