I taught my 40 minute lesson on Tuesday. It went exactly how I thought it would go. It was not perfect, and I didn’t remember to do everything that I wanted to do, but I knew that I would forget some stuff and that it wouldn’t be perfect, so in that sense, it went how I expected it to.
I really appreciated this assignment because it gave me a good glimpse into what it would be like for me personally to be a teacher.
Some things I observed about myself:
- I take assignments seriously.
- I am willing to put in as much time, effort, and money as it takes to do a good job & make my vision become a reality.
- I care about design.
- The pacing and timing of my lesson played out almost exactly how I had planned. (Does that mean I am good at judging that kind of thing, or did I get lucky?)
- I was willing to ask people for feedback and ideas before I gave the lesson. (Normally I do not like to ask for people’s opinions.)
- If I don’t have the questions I want to ask in notes in front of me/in the PowerPoint, then I will forget to ask them.
Some things I learned in general:
- It is hard to find good video clips that are appropriate and apply well to your lesson and learning objectives.
- It is hard to make a good worksheet.
- It is hard to fit everything that you want to do into one lesson.
What I am going to do about it:
- Get more practice teaching so that I can plan and prepare for lessons faster.
- Practice coming up with good questions.
- Always be on the lookout for good movie clips.
- Get more comfortable around people.