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06/28/2009

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Chris

These may not have been my top three items to work on, but they are certainly on my list of things to improve.  I think success will come through practice.  My advice would be to try to find time to make some of this practice take place at home rather than in the classroom.  Doing a mock performance of your lesson in front of the mirror the night before would likely do wonders for time management and would offer an opportunity to get all of your rephrasing out of the way so that you can walk into the classroom with the best explanation on the tip of your tongue.

Of course, practicing the night before requires you to have fifty free minutes.  If you are like me you are still using those fifty minutes to actually write and prepare the lesson.  Hopefully as we get more efficient at writing lessons, time for practicing will be more available.

Best of luck with improving!

madisongirl

These things are very similiar to things I also need to work on. A technique to help with time management is to make a rough time estimate with exact times. For example, if you teach a 50 minute class from 9:00 to 9:50 am, increment 9:00am to 9:05 am for bell work or 9:15 am-9:45am for notes and guided activities. Also to help implement not talking so much, have a rough script of what you plan on saying, not exactly. It will make what you say more effective.

Hope these things help.

Jenn K.

I am with you on #3. It's crazy how fast 50 minutes goes by. Today I got to experience teaching a 90 minute block and I enjoyed it much more because I was able to take my time and get everything in. I'm sure with practice we'll both get the hang of teaching 50 minutes. Good luck on your Mission July! 

elisepatterson

I am so with you on every one of these points, especially the part about independent practice. I've gotten better at being clear concise with my notes, but where I tend to get bogged down is the guided practice. It's interesting that you say you need to work on asking higher-level questions, because I think a lot of my talking comes from asking questions that are too difficult before the kids have really had a chance to let the information sink in. In any case, I spend waaaay too long on guided practice--the kids get bored, I get desperate, and no one wins. Hopefully block scheduling and better questions will help me get to the IP quicker.

Josh

I really agree with number 2.  Although I ask a lot of questions, a lot of them are low level questions.  I need to work on asking questions at a higher level.  This will help the students better understand the material and it will help me assess how well the students are understanding the material.  Asking questions is one of the greatest tools to assess where are students are at academically and how we are doing at teaching them.

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