Friday, October 26, 2007

Teaching Reflection - Period 2

In an open response, reflect on your experiences teaching. Your reflection should touch upon the following questions.

What did you learn about teaching?
What did you learn about methods that impacted you?
What would you have done differently?
What worked and what didn't?
Do you feel you have a better understanding of your particular grammatical unit? Why or Why not?
How was being a student for your fellow classmates?


While I encourage you to be specific, I am careful to remind you this is public. I do not want - "It would've worked great if only George did his job!!!!", rather "We should have been more clear as a group in our roles". The purpose of this writing piece is not about the group, but rather your own sense of learning and teaching.

You will be scored with an open response rubric.
4 - Clear topic development, evidence (examples from your experience), and analysis (So what or so what now?)
3 - Addresses most of the questions, provides some examples, begins to analyze what now
2 - Reflects basically on his or her experience, provides a few examples, lacks analysis
1 - Minimal effort in addressing or supporting topic, little or no analysis


THIS IS DUE WEDNESDAY AT MIDNIGHT

22 comments:

sandy j 2 said...

From teaching my class, I learned that teaching is harder than it looks. When I was in class and my classmates were being disrespectful, I was a little angry. I was already having a bad day and their talking didn’t help. One thing I would have done differently is I would have taken more notes. When my students were asking questions, I felt a little uncomfortable that I couldn’t provide them with a lucid answer. I figured if they ask questions, it’s because they need more information about the topic, and it’s my responsibility to provide them with that information. When my group distributed candy to the class, that went well, so did the whole name game. I learned that if you take notes, it’s not good enough. You also have to revise them in your own time if you really want to know about that topic. What didn’t work was the writing on the board method. I feel like we should have given our students a little more information about plurals, instead of asking them too much questions. I also felt like, there were some other important parts about plurals that we could have gone over that would have been beneficial. I do feel like I have a better understanding of my grammatical unit, because from teaching you can learn too. I also took notes when I was reading the chapter, which helped with me understanding it. Being a student for my fellow classmates was fun because I got to see how it would be if they were teachers. I gave them my respect just like I would give a real teacher my respect and it was nice.

Martin D 2 said...

This experience has helped me realize that teaching is much more difficult than it actually appears. I found that interacting with the students and making the lesson fun, like playing games, really helps. It is much better than just reading off notes and explaining things in a boring way, with a monotone voice. Personally, I could have talked more, but I always get nervous when standing in front of a crowd. This is something that I have to work on. Although, I did slip in a few jokes to reduce the cricketing, but I doubt anyone was aware of it. I noticed that my group’s candy activity was more engaging than going over the handout that I created. I feel that I now better understand the grammatical unit that I helped to teach, since the beginning of the assignment. First of all, I had to understand the material in order the teach it, but during the lesson, I was learning with everyone else as well. The questions that were brought up made me perceive things that I had not originally. I was sort of rude, when I was a student of my fellow classmates, mostly because of the way they taught. I agreed with some of their approaches, yet disagreed with others; however, I did not do any better. I should have shown a bit more respect, and teachers deserve it as well for what they have to go through every day. I was in Mr. Walsh’s shoes for only one day and found teaching to be very tough, so I can imagine how he feels during every school day.

Chloe C 2 said...

Teaching a class was an interesting experience. It wasn’t a new experience, since I have taught several other classes before, along with my classmates. I especially recall one instance when my group acted out a skit (for the benefit of the class, of course). I found that all of the methods work for me since I absorb theory very well. In addition, grammar is very easy for me because I take Latin. I think that some planning would have helped, but it wasn’t necessary for me since I think our presentation went fairly smoothly. I hope that people learned despite the teaching style. Many other people had fun activities that made their subject a bit more interesting. Our unorthodox teaching methods caused a lot of discussion, which is always good because it lets people think. After reading “Woe is I” I understood the material, mostly because of the examples and the author’s colorful language. English is so complex that I learned some more rules- that can be easily broken within a century. Being a student was fun! Asking questions challenged the substitute teachers, but that is how we learn. It was amusing when they couldn’t come up with a suitable answer and our teacher had to step in. I was surprised at how little the class knew about verbs. Especially Mr. Walsh. tsk tsk tsk… After seeing everyone try their hand at teaching, I have learned that candy makes a good motivator.

Mr. Walsh said...

Thank you Chloe for the reprimand. Subject-Verb Agreement tends to be quite complex. I'm glad your group brought up those tricky instances and rules, even if they will only be broken in the future. Yes, as a former, but forgetful Latin student, it does help so so so much with the conventions of English

I found myself checking my verbs in this comment several times.

Jeniffer M 2 said...

The lesson I learned from this teaching experience is that one shouldn't prepare things half-way. If we were to do another of these do-it-yourself teaching activities, I hope I do it more in depth. Some things my group and I did that wasn't very efficient was that we tested the class on subjects we hadn't gone over yet. I do feel that I have a better understanding of Possessives in general, though I do feel like I'm learning more from the other groups, which makes me question how well I did in terms of making students understand what I had to teach. I'm glad the other groups are having though, or at least it seems like they're having fun. I do think, along with Chloe, that candy was a good move on my group's part because it made the activity more laid back and fun. Hopefully, the last group(s) will have candy.

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Cristina V 2 said...

Who ever said teaching was easy? Are all the answers still in the book? No. Teaching is a lot more difficult than I thought it was. I didn’t realize how much time and effort went into planning a single day’s lesson. The last time I actually taught the class something was in the 4th grade and I taught my class the dance I was doing for my recital that year.
I think our lesson went good overall, however there were some parts that could have been planned out a lot better. We should have gone more in depth about when and when not to use commas. I also think I, personally could have gone more in depth to learn more about the subject myself. I think my group and I should have worked together more, and that would have benefited the class and the lesson.
We should have directly planned out our lesson and maybe come up with a few more exciting activities to help the class understand the concept better. I find it ironic that I have always said I wanted to be a teacher, but it’s a lot harder than it looks. I don’t think many people realize how much time and effort is put into preparing for one class (and I only had to teach 15 minutes of one subject to one class) I can’t imagine teaching so many different classes in one day. I don’t think I have the patience to be a teacher, but I wish I did. Teaching is not as easy as it looks and it is the profession that creates all others. Without the great teachers that we have had throughout history, where would we be today?

Jillann C 2 said...

My experience when teaching the class about pronouns was different and similar from what I expected. One of the major things I’ve learned from teaching the class this lesson was that at times it’s difficult to grasp all of the students’ attention. I probably found it difficult because of the fact that some topics when teaching a lesson are completely boring and it’s hard to make the whole class concentrate on the topic if the topic itself makes the teacher, me in this case, want to doze off. As for the methods that my group used, we went for the visual approach. By doing that each of us took a different section of the pronouns and with using the board, we explained the differences between the pronouns and when and how to use them. We each but sentences on the board to show and ask the class which type of the pronoun would be best fitting in the sentence.
Now seeing how the lesson had played out, I probably would have suggested some minor adjustments to my group when presenting our lesson. For instance, preferably, I would have liked to incorporate some type of game so that the class could have gotten more involved in the topic, though it was very dry. As for going over the answers to our worksheet, the same people kept answering the questions for the most part and if we were to do it again, for example, I would have given each person a number and when going over the worksheet, randomly chosen a number out of the bunch to answer the question. In my opinion, that would’ve made more people answer the questions than the same people answer them repeatedly. From my understanding of pronouns now that I’ve finished my lesson, I have gained a better understanding of my unit because of the clarity between some of the pronouns my group went over like “who and whom”. However, when being a student during my other classmates’ lessons, for the most part I could easily follow the main points of their units. But there were some instances where I was confused like when a group was explaining special instances where their particular unit was used. At first I was really lost but after they went back and explained, I was more comfortable with the topic.

nashally t 2 said...

Taking the role as a teacher is a bit harder than it seems. What I learned is that it takes a lot of patience and you have to love the students. You have to be very clear and accurate about what you're teaching us, the students, so we can learn it well. What I would have done differentlt is try and get the class more active and have them try and participate more while my group was up teaching. Some things that did work was giving them candy. They seemed to want to answer more questions when they got a prize for it.
What didn't work so well was how we taught them. They seemed kind of bored so we could have made it a bit more fun. I have a better understanding of the ways to use words such as whose and who's. And also when to use it. I also understand now when to put commas and why put them there as well. Being a student for my classmates was enjoying. It was fun to see them take control and seeing Mr. Walsh as one of us.

Nikita R 2 said...

Watching a teacher teach a class seems pretty easy. When you have to get up there yourself, it is not as easy as you had originally thought it was. I learned that the students get easily bored so you have to try to make the learning experience more fun and enjoyable so the students want to learn. I think the idea with giving the students candy for participating was a good idea. Everyone loves candy so they had to participate in the lesson in order to receive their treat. I sort of got the hang of my topic of Subject-Verb Agreement; hopefully everyone else understood the topic as well. What my group did which I thought was good, was to test the students and see what they already knew, that way they would not have to sit through the lesson about the stuff they knew already. In my opinion I think that every group did a good job with their teaching. I hope there are more assignments similar to this.

Aaron G 2 said...

Is teaching easy? Is teaching hard? Both of those questions can be answered with a simple yes. Teaching is like being a student; if you plan well you will succeed. If a student studies the student will pass the test, if the teacher studies they will be able to teach a good lesson. Lesson planning is key, using an objective for a lesson takes time but greatly gives the teacher an advantage. Teaching can be difficult if planning is not met or some may say planning is the hard part but it isn’t.
During my groups presentation things went well. It was clear and precise, and people understood the lesson. If I were to do this again I would personally get more involved in the lesson and not stick it to my group members. Also I would not give the notes to the students I would have them take notes. I do feel I have a better understanding of commas after my presentation since I did teach it.

Trang T 2 said...

This teaching assignment is very interesting. From the lessons of my classmates, they help me understand more about grammar and mistakes that I usually made and especially I can get to know what teaching is about and how to communicate with students to help them understand the topics in class. There were several topics that seemed like complicated like verb agreement, the people in that group had fully explained the meaning of it with excellent examples. I thought teaching was pretty simple if you had enough knowledge about that subject. However, my first feeling when I was standing in front of class was nervous and confused. I was getting lost in a big crowd and everyone was looking at me. And in order to take the lesson easy, I find out that playing games and activities help students in teaching. The thing I wish I would have done better is preparing and searching more information about my topics. When my classmates (students) asked me further questions and they didn’t get the point, I was confused and I tried to make an example in order to make it clear. Personally, I think teaching requires good communication skills like making eye contact and the way the teacher should express to make students understand the problems. This class activity was really interesting and really helpful. While you’re teaching students, it also means that you’re teaching yourself. Furthermore, to make the discussion successful, it needs efforts from everyone in class: paying attention and answering questions. It’s uncomfortable for teacher when he/she asks a question and everyone keeps quite. And now I know how that feeling feels. Everyone needs to contribute the discussion in class and respect each other.
Ps: Thanks Mr. Walsh for teaching us…

Jillian D 2 said...

In my experience teaching, I have learned that it takes a lot for people to get involved in the class. I have gained a new respect for teachers and there lessons. Not everything can keep people's attention, also the things you plan on never seem to go right. It was very difficult in teaching some new concepts that people didn’t understand, because I didn’t want some of the students to get confused with what they thought it was before. Some methods that impacted me where visually learning the differences. People learn things differently so as a teacher it was easier to teach and let people understand there own ways. That was clear in my experience in being a student to these new teachers. It was also very boring to be a student for some of the subjects. I also noticed that some of the teachers were very rude, when you would ask them a question. Some of them would make mhms and haahs when you would ask them a question. I found that very rude and annoying because there jobs as teachers was to answer our questions and not be mean or disrespectful.
Some things that worked for me was to visually explain the word beside and besides, I felt that with the examples that I used it was clearer to see. Some things that didn’t work is that we explained to many words and that we didn’t have smooth transitions. It sort of made things unclear to the students. I feel that I that I do understand my chapter more then I did before. There isn’t a real trick to know the difference between words, but I feel that I understand the words a lot better.

Consuelo T 2 said...

What I learn about teaching is that it�s a tough job to have. It�s not an easy task, teaching 20 or more kids, you want everyone to be involved, and understanding about what�s going on in the class. You have to have a lesson plan prepared everyday, having all the answers, which is also difficult. One learning method that impacted me was talking notes, going into detail, and giving examples made me understand the topic better. Afterwards doing an activity also helped me learn. Some things I would do differently would be that everyone in our group should�ve talked equally, and explained things in a different way. I think we should�ve each taught different examples of possessives so that we all talked. I think writing the notes on the board, and not really explaining them in depth did not work. It was really quite and awkward, and maybe it didn�t interest the rest of the class, at least not to me. However the candy activity did make people contribute and participate because it was fun, and it involved candy, which everyone loves. I think I understand my particular grammatical unit better. After reading the chapter about it, I felt that I knew it better. Possessives were things that I already fairly knew, and the new things that I learned were a bit confusing but I got the general idea of it. Being a student for my fellow classmates was odd. I�m just so used to someone older than me teaching me. I think it�s because they�re older so they know more, and they�re wiser. However I enjoyed my classmates teaching me, because since we are somewhat the same age, we might see things similarly, than an older person would. After this experience I have a greater appreciation towards teachers, they have a tough job.

Herman T 2 said...

Teaching a class was a … uncomfortable experience. When my group went up to teach the rest of the class, I was uncomfortable with the fact that if I forget my material and end up teaching nothing. It got easier when I found out that the class was having a more difficult time than I did. I thought it was relaxing when I saw half the class lost in the middle of the worksheet. There weren’t a lot of rude interruptions because I would’ve done the same and most of these interruptions were people that asked, “What???” That exact feeling allowed me to absorb the fact that the class was more confused than I was. I would’ve brought a list of the material that I was going to teach because now I know for a fact that I can’t teach. Also, I feel sort of proud that I actually learned a bit about verb-agreement that I never realized. Improvising did not help at all, it made matters only worse. When I look back at Mr. Walsh I am appalled of how he does it everyday. Mr. Walsh makes teaching look really easy, but yet it was a difficult experience for my group and I. I remember when I was explaining suggestive language. I was lost at first because the words were in my mouth, but they wouldn’t come out so I was spitting out random words. I felt so stupid because when I mentioned “subjunctive mood”, the class gave me the “what in the world are you talking about look”. My brain just froze and I couldn’t comprehend what I was saying. That feeling was deplorable. In this teaching assignment, the experience was overwhelming and I learned that teaching is a lot harder than it seems. (Yes, I know you hate the word seems, Mr. Walsh, but I’m having a very painful time typing this.)

Hillary D 2 said...

Teaching really made me feel nervous… I was comfortable with commas and I thought it would be an easy A, I was wrong. I think my whole group also thought this and it didn’t help since we didn’t meet and discuss the teaching part much. I wish I would’ve gotten more involved in the teaching part instead of just handing out the notes to the class. I feel the class just doesn’t learn much from reading notes; they actually need to take them down. I feel bad for not giving the winners of our Insert-the-comma game prizes, it was hard! I think my group should’ve given people more time. The inference I made about the comma before which and no comma before in which, I had realized while reading the game passage. This also added to my nervousness because I was scared I would not make sense to the class.

I really preferred being the student learning from my other classmates and seeing how they did, which was great. I really learned a lot of things from the other groups and tried to attempt to understand the confusing topics. I never realized English was so HARD! Teaching was a great experience, though! I always thought teachers had it pretty easy and always had fun; I assume way too much. I now realize it takes time, a lot of time, to plan a really interactive yet educating class. It is also very hard to keep the teaching within the time limit! I thought fifteen minutes would be long and I think everyone would’ve appreciated more time.

Kim C 2 said...

Teaching isn’t as simple as it seems, there must be some thought and effort put into teaching to do well. After experiencing how teaching was, I realized that to be a great teacher, I must clearly understand the material I am trying to teach. Before actually teaching in class, I read through the chapter on plurals and took notes on it. Even though I understood more about plurals, I realized that I needed to be more prepared so when my classmates ask question, I will be able to answer them and help them. Teaching is using a technique to present a new material to students and have them understand the material. From this teaching experience, I learned that I need to know how to express new materials in a way so students will understand and will not be confused. This teaching lesson provided me experience in expressing what I have learned to the students and communicating better.

Jess L 2 said...

I learned from this activity how hard it really is to teach a group of unruly students. I noticed that this presentation was harder than i thought it was, because the lesson structure wasnt really well though out. Also, since my group was the list of words people use wrongly, we couldnt teach you rules or guidelines like other groups, and all we could do was throw information at you, because all the chapter consists of is a list of examples. However, having to do this presentation helped me, because now I know the section I taught very well after going over it so much. However, we didn't have any candy to keep the students motivated to think and participate, and as I can imagine they were bored out of their minds and really needed incentive to pay attention at all today. I admit that I felt the same way during everyone else's presentations. However, being a student to fellow classmates was interesting.

DAvid T 2 said...

Teaching a class has been a very enlightening experience. I realize now that teaching is very difficult even though it looks easy. When you’re in front of an entire class, you are constantly being judged by the students. You have to make sure that they actually listen and try your best not to have them space out into LaLa land. It is sort of pressuring. In my lesson, all I really did was try to explain my grammatical unit as simple as I possibly could. Being silly once in a while kind of helps because you get some people laughing, and most of the time, the whole class will start paying a little more attention to see what was so interesting and funny. But, I really think that my group should have made a game to play instead of a worksheet. When I was back to being a student, I found that the games were more productive then just teaching from the book. Most of the students, including me, kind of just stared when the lesson went on. But, when we played games, it got our brains running and we remember the lessons because it was fun. Some of the students in class didn’t really understand the lesson about “Misused words,” but when we played the word-smack game, it helped the students understand the difference between the words. I’ll have to admit, I was being rude to my fellow classmates during their lessons. I had some side conversations while their lessons continued. If I had a question, I should have asked the students that were teaching. I found it sort of annoying when people were talking when I was trying to teach, and yet I acted no better. I feel that I have learned more about my grammatical unit now than when we first started the assignment. I had to read the section about it in the grammar book, so that helped me learn more about it. Then, when I was teaching it, I also learned more about it through my own lesson. By being able to make up some of my own examples correctly, it shows that I understand my unit. I can see now what Mr. Walsh has to put up with everyday when he teaches. It’s a little difficult at times, but at the same time, it’s an exciting experience and is very fun.

henry d:2 said...

Teaching was an interesting experience. I found it frustrating for they were unable to comprehend the definitions I gave them. I learned it takes patience to teach for every student learns at a different pace, and the picture becomes clear once you become the teacher. Teachers should be given more credit for it is harder than it seems.

I may be at fault for my method of teaching was clearly stating the definition, though shouldn’t that be enough? I concluded it wasn’t, for students learn differently, some may be hands on while others aren’t. There are many methods used but examples stood out the most. Giving examples clearly helps for Jillian definitions was unclear until she gave the example about besides and the walls. Though that wasn’t enough, I felt in order for students to fully comprehend it, they needed to use and interact with it. Worksheets and games were the solution, for interacting with it helps the memorization and comprehension. Students participating and throwing out questions helped clarify many things. Sandy helping Jillian with the besides/beside problem by clarifying and rephrasing it, if they didn’t participate or throw out questions we may have been unable to solve the problem of the explanation.

Yes, I felt like I have a better grasp of the misuse verbs unit. You can’t teach a unit without knowing it. Being a student for my fellow classmates felt awkward, for I didn’t see the authority figure. I still listened and tried to act as if they were. I realized time affected the teaching process and I have more respect for what teachers do, in order for students to learn.

Jessica F 2 said...

I learned that teaching isn't as easy as everyone would thing. You got to keep the students entertained and doing work at the same time, and along with taking notes. Methods I liked are; having a pretest, and always having a worksheet, and games. My group didn't have a pretest though. We had a worksheet that worked out really good and a game that worked out pretty good. Although, some students were very loud during the game but it still did go pretty good. I would of gave more examples and made them take better notes. I feel like plurals make more sense now to me. I never really learned why those endings were there, I was just told to put them there. All the subjects that were taught, I feel like I know a little better and it was good to just review them anyway. I thought some groups it wasn't weird being a student for but other groups it was.


SOrry for it being a little late MR. Walsh.. there was a problem with my computer.

barbara j 2 said...
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barbara j 2 said...

Preparing one day lesson was harder than I thought it would be because you want to make sure that the students get the message across. Your objective needs to be clear and the exercises need to be appropriate for the topic. For my group we came up with some good ideas but our presentation didn’t come out exactly like I thought it would be. I still liked it though and hopefully the students learned something new.
Maybe next time I could do more fun activities so that they can learn and enjoy themselves as well.
Being taught by my friends though was interesting. I just think that we should give more respect by not talking over them and everything.