I think the lesson that Denisse and I did in class was a success! Although the plan was not executed the way we wanted it to, it still was great I must admit I was a bit nervous at first because I was going to teach in front of my classmates and I was not too sure about the behaviors they were going to have. I felt a bit bad because I was a bit mean to the class but I had to do what I had to do. I feel like teachers can not be intimidated by their students. Honestly, if I was teaching a real second grade class, I do not think I would have done anything different. When class gets out of control, you have to try and bring the class back in control even if that means taking a bad wrap as being a mean teacher.
Denisse and I used a lesson plan that I had made for my Junior Field experience last semester. I thought it would be perfect to use because it was based on the Cloud Book. The only thing she and I really had to do was get the supplies. The biggest problem we had was getting the blue construction paper. We looked everywhere and could not find it. I think that was the only thing that did not go according to the lesson plan. Another thing I thought we could have done was have an extra activity or not waste time on handing out supplies while the other students were waiting.
The most important thing, I believe, we tried to teach the students was the names of the clouds and each characteristic it had. Also being able to write a characteristic about the cloud so we know the students were playing attention during the reading time and when Denisse and I went over each cloud.
Reflection of Podcast
My partner and I decided not to use the podcast for this lesson. Our podcast, we felt, was not well prepared. We felt like we could not find the time to perfect it. If we would have used a well prepared podcast, I believe it would have been effective. An advantage the podcast has is the students would not have to get up from their seats. I also believe that the students would have probably paid more attention being that it was a podcast when the story was being read.
Reflection on Classmates
I thought my classmates all did a great job on teaching. Some were more nervous than others and it just came out natural to most. I enjoyed participating in them. I learned a couple of techniques from each lesson that I would like to incorporate it in my future lessons. I thought most of them were well prepared and executed, as I mentioned before. Some of my classmates did however have some trouble trying to control the classroom. I think they all did the best job they could and will make excellent teachers!
One lesson i really enjoyed was Alejandra and Kathryn's lesson. I enjoyed the book they chose to read to the class and thought it would be a great book for the grade they taught. I really liked the stations they created. It kept each student occupied through out the entire lesson. I believed it was very organized. I also liked the jar idea Alejandra had. I thought that would be an excellent renforcer for the students. Overall it was well prepared and organized.
Another lesson I enjoyed was Lauren's lesson. I thought she kept the class under complete control. I also enjoyed the book she chose for the lesson. I believe it would teach the students the importance of friendships.