After teaching the "History of Education" lesson plan, what grade would you give yourself for your lesson? Defend your grade by anwering the following questions:
- Was the focus of the lesson clear to the students?
- Did the students understand the importance of learning this content? How do you know?
- Did the pre-assessment indicate students' learning needs?
- Dow did the lesson connect to students' real-life experience and/or other disciplines?
- What strategies and methods were used to engage students?
- How did the lesson engage all students?
- How did the environment support all students?
- Was repect modeled and taught?
- How was the student assessed?
- Did your students learn, how do you know?
I would give myself a B+ overall. Originally, I thought I was well prepared, but I'd never tried using the writing interface before that was on the Smart TV. I ended up distracting from content a bit and also ended up not writing much on the board so as to avoid using it and creating more problems. I think my other mistake was expecting enthusiasm from the students; it quickly became apparent that I would be doing all the talking and nobody really wanted to DISCUSS the content during the presentation portion. I had not realized how much student attitude affects the teacher. I started off very enthusiastically, but within the first ten minutes I almost went to a monotone because the material seemed to lose its luster.
In terms of what went well, I would say that the focus of the lesson was quite clear and they all knew the importance of each idea I went over because we discussed them and how they planted the roots of modern rules in education. My form of preassessment was simply gauging the room before I discussed each topic... None of the students seemed to know anything about what I was discussing because they were quite unresponsive after each question I posed. This indicated a clear need for me to address each topic strongly, and I feel that the Kahoot at the end showed some progress. They learned most of the material it seemed, because we actually had good discussions after each question. The students demonstrated their knowledge of the subject clearly when arguing over answers. The Kahoot questions themselves were about very specific material because the frustration of getting them wrong would definitely make the details more memorable. Quizzes always help with storing small bits of information.
I engaged all students by discussing how each of them would be educated after each movement, and through the Kahoot at the end. I tried to ask each student questions during the presentation itself, but the most engagement was during the Kahoot. I think including everyone was an effective method of supporting the students, and I also asked frequently if students needed me to reiterate. It applied to their modern lives because I constantly pointed out how much better today's standards are compared to those in the 18th century. Overall, the lesson worked out because, as I said earlier, I assessed them through a Kahoot and post-game discussions that went very well. While the lesson could have gone better, it was still good.