Weekly Reflections --- Tuesday Challenge 4/5/2016
For my 31-day challenge, I posted blogs about my personal life.
For the weekly Tuesday entries, I hope to reflect at times on my teaching.
Two things that did not work this past week
1 Rushing...When I am excited about a lesson, I rush to it and through it. I need to remember that my students need time to digest this new information that is not new to me. The beauty of teaching is that a classroom filled with students' rich discussions always brings new perspectives to the known.
2. Last week, I did not feel very well.I felt tense and stressed. Though, I tried to remain as pleasant and patient as a teacher, I was not very patient with myself. I pushed myself to exhaustion instead of listening to my body.
Two things that worked this past week
1. I tend to plan too many meetings during my prep. I tried to honor my prep time, so I could accomplish much planning alone and/or with a colleague. This week, I hope to dedicate more time to grading.
2. In all the 22 years of teaching vocabulary, I have always written the sentences with context clues and left a blank for students to infer the right word. In a recent workshop, I was reminded of the importance of letting the students use and repeat the words. After introducing the meanings, I provided sentence stems in which I used the new vocabulary word and students then completed the sentence with clues. This practice during class allows students to demonstrate understanding of the word: The young man asked his boss to augment his ____________, so he can _______________________. *Note the concerned vocabulary word is in bold.
Students then read their completed sentences to each other in small paired groupings. The focus is on the context clues.
I still create my traditional fill-in-the blank for tests, but this new method for class practice is the best thing I learned this week.
Wishing you all a healthy and productive week.