Essay on Teaching Experience

1261 Words Sep 12th, 2008 6 Pages
Running Head: TEACHING EXPERIENCE/REFLECTION PAPER

Margaret Carter
MAT 534
Teaching Experience

In order to be a successful educator, it is important to reflect upon one’s teaching. This may include videotaping classes, being observed by a colleague, asking for help with a problem or finding new ways to teach a topic. Being a reflective teacher is something I have tried to be while student teaching and plan to continue working on. The activity that I performed with my group of students is called the Peanut Butter and Jelly dance. This lesson took about 35-40 minutes to implement. I started off with giving the students some information on what it is that we were going to be doing. I then gave some background
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Effective communication is essential to becoming a successful learner. It is primarily through dialogue that students become knowledgeable, and self- determined (The Collaborative Classroom, 2005). Teachers have to make sure they are constantly using the correct tone of voice when dealing with the students. I continually tried to give encouraging words when the students did well with answering the questions that I provided to them; and even when they were close to the right answer I would try to use encouraging words to motivate them. I have learned that our language is a tool that helps to build and secure our classroom environment. It helps in creating a safe and respectful learning environment. It encourages children’s best efforts and empowers them to use their controls.
Motivation was the key to this lesson, because if the children are not motivated to participate in the dance then it would not have gone as well. I too had to be enthusiastic about the lesson because that in turn would rub off on the students.
To improve my lesson I think that I could have communicated my ideas about how the children were to complete the sandwich better. At first the students seem to be a little confused as to what it was they were supposed to do, which led to a little bit of disruption in the classroom. When this happens, you loose control of the class and it’s hard to gain that control back. There were some students who just didn’t listen or pay

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