At last, I got to teach again properly and have my first tutor observation. My melt down was a good thing as it means I played it all very tacticly today.
I lesson planned and prepared activites for the whole element of the unit, I stuck to what I’d been asked to do and then suggested that I take the rest of the class after my observation as I had things planned and would welcome the opportunity.
After my observed session I got some fabulous feedback and was given the greenlight to take the rest of the session and my mentor left me to it. What fun we had! I followed some prescribed manual stuff but also mixed in my own take on tasks and the students lapped it up.
First session was more structured and felt more like traditional teach whereas the second session could have been further removed from that. Less structure, more creative and interactive, more flexible and responsive to what the students wanted.
I noticed a distinct change in the relationship between me and my mentor and I really think he just didn’t believe I was any good at teaching before he’d even see me try and now he has he’s realised how useful an asset I could be.
Lots of Schon inaction reflection going on today – action points are:
- check information on lesson plan when copying and pasting into someone else’s
- when I draw someone difficult to engage in, be careful not to cut them off and draw them in further
- use the room more ie walk around more
Happy at last! Back on the roller coaster ride that is teacher training.