Practical experience!

2 weeks down, 1 week to go until the end of professional experience for this semester! What a crazy two weeks it has been! I have learnt more in the 10 days I have been in the classroom than a whole semester of uni subjects. The three major learning experiences I have come across on my practical experience are 

  • Reflection
  • Behaviour Management
  • Explicit Teaching

Today I am going to summarise what I have learnt about reflection while on professional experience and why it is important. Teachers should reflect and evaluate after each lesson and jot down some thoughts about what was great about the lesson and what could be improved. At the end of a unit, evaluation questions should be answered.

For example:

  • Were the students engaged?
  • Were the outcomes achieved by the end of the unit?
  • Did the activities cater for a variety of learning styles?
  • Did the activities build towards the completion of the rich task?
  • Were the resources suitable?
  • Did the resources help the students gain a greater understanding?
  • Did the students need extra clarification/revision?
  • Did the students work well in groups/individually?
  • What changes/modifications could be made when programming this unit in the future?
  • Was an adequate amount of time allocated for the unit?
  • Were the assessment tasks effective in assessing the unit outcomes and indicators?
  • Were the students challenged?

I found asking myself these questions after every lesson really helps me to evaluate the lessons and especially helps with my reflections for assignment 3! 





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