A. Grace Martin

Author, Student Teacher, Optimist and Promoter of Self-Empowerment


PSII Friday March 13, 2015

Posted by agracemartin on April 25, 2015 at 11:05 AM

Today I was observed by my university consultant. I taught the Science 14s about cooling systems using PowerPoint notes and YouTube videos. I think that my engagement of the students was very good. As far as a note-taking lesson that is both engaging and effective, I would rate this lesson as a 9 or 10 for my Science 14s.

I think that it is important for my to include “Please take off your hats” on the first slide of every PowerPoint. I do not notice hoods or hats because it doesn’t bother me, however I must follow the school policy.

I was very happy to see the boys in the class so engaged in the cooling system of vehicle engines. I thought that the videos I used enhanced their learning. I think that I asked good questions, had good pacing, and used good analogies to explain concepts. My university consultant commended me for a good speaking voice with good volume and enunciation. I think that one of the most important considerations when teaching Science 14 is having personal interactions and building positive relationships with the students. I absolutely love my class and am so happy to teach such wonderful young adults. I do not need to pretend to be cool because I’ve never been “cool” or “funny” but I can be relaxed, open, accepting, and have a joking sense of humour. I have been able to get to know some of the students interests, and I am hoping to incorporate them more into my classroom. I’d like to find some experiments that involve exothermic explosions, but have not found many that would be safe and easy for a classroom.

I had a fun class with my 9As today. They were all caught up with the 9Bs so I had some extra time to play a game called “This or That.” My teacher associate pointed out that I was able to hit the interests of every student in the classroom, especially some of the “at risk” students. Again, personal connections are very important to student engagement and learning. I also wanted to have a fun class with the 9As because they were so chatty earlier this week and I had to lay down the law with them. This way they have seen my assertive side as well as my fun side. I look forward to getting to know each of my students.

Categories: PSII Reflection Journal/Log

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