First Steps On The Moon Analysis

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first steps on the moon. Some of the slower reading students did not finish the article and much of the vocabulary was difficult and over their heads. “Ready-set-go he says, you have three minutes to tell me what this article is about”. Mr. Howard tried but he can surly do better. First off, he chose an article that was much to difficult for his students to comprehend and did not consider the reading levels of all the students. Second, he chose the reading material and didn’t give the students a choice. Third, he prompted them about what to write and once again took away their freedom of free writing and express themselves about the article and timed them. Mr. Howard needs to be more aware of his teaching methods and practices and adjust them …show more content…
Pollard teaches the ninth grade, he is charismatic and funny and always has a smile on his face. Most of his students adore him, although he has two students in his fourth period class that he can’t get through to. The students are closed off to him and do not listen to his instruction and even talk back and roll their eyes at him. Mr. Pollard tried to get through to these students just as he does all his students and it didn’t work. Soon he gives up and thinks that two students who he can not get through to out of thirty students in the class is not that bad. He moves on for the remainder of the year pushing the class to succeed and favoring the other students, which is obvious to the two students who now feel rejected and betrayed. Mr. Pollard is a good teacher who really cares about his students, so we will cut him some slack, although there are things that he needs to address regarding his teaching style. When he couldn’t get through to the students, he wrongfully assumed that the students did not like him. He became frustrated and gave up which is the one thing a teacher cannot do. He should have remained calm and tried to connect with the students one on one to get to know them as individuals and to show that he cares. He may even be able to determine from that conversation why the students are acting that way, which would intern all him to teach them differently. After connecting with the student’s, he should have then accessed some of the tools in …show more content…
Jackson teaches eleventh grade English, he was a military man who is traditional, a very straight forward no-nonsense kind of a guy. He is known by the students for being a very strict grader, with very little patience and he lacks communication skills. When the students enter the class room he tells them to “sit down and get to work, and no talking”. Students are afraid to raise their hands and ask him a question and do not like to speak when he asks the class questions. When Mr. Jackson passes back assignments they are all marked up with red ink. When he explains what they did wrong it is as if he is critiquing and criticizing their work, making the students feel unworthy and discouraging them. First off Mr. Jackson should not be a teacher, his behavior and communication skills are severely lacking and are damaging to the student’s confidence. His demeanor scares the students and makes them close off. Mr. Jackson should greet his students at the door with a smile and stand out in the class while class is in session. He should be open and willing to answer any questions and not make the students feel like they are inferior if they answer incorrectly. Mr. Jackson should use positive reinforcement and be more encouraging and positive with his students, which would make them far less defensive about their work. If his communications skills improved the students would no longer be fearful of him and he may create a comfortable environment, therefore allowing the

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