Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Teaching Practicum: First Day Up Front


I woke up this morning extra early, took a shower, and put on the clothes that I had laid out last night. Then, I broke out the makeup bag and my hairbrush, and started to get ready.

Today wasn’t just any old Wednesday, it was my turn to get in front of the classroom and teach the Form 1 English Class WorldTeach has adopted for the week about the Future Tense. For the past two days, I had worked closely with Sara and Raquel to create our lesson plan. We decided that Sara would teach the Future Simple tense, Raquel the Future Continuous, and I the Future Perfect tense. We then divided the introduction and our independent practice up among us.

When we got into the classroom, I started my first shift as the back-of-the-class monitor. My duties were to ensure that all of the students had their exercise books out and were copying down the notes we wrote onto the board, as well as catching up any of the late students up with the directions. It was weird at first because 11 of our WorldTeach peers were sitting in the back of the classroom (where I was standing) for observation, but I quickly cut them out of my peripheral and focused on the classroom.

No sooner did it seem that class began, it was time to begin my part of the lesson. I headed to the front and began to teach on auto-pilot. It was a crazy experience. I have no idea how to describe my feelings about what happened, because my body and mouth seemed to work independently from my brain, just covering the material it knew I had planned meticulously, and doing it better than my expectations.

Future Perfect: An action that will have been completed at or before a time in the future.

After the end of class, my close friends told me how great my part of the lesson was. I didn't believe them at first, but when we broke into small groups, my 4 critiquers had nothing but nit-picky things to say...but nothing a first-time teacher should really be concerned with.

For improvements, they said I should speak microscopically slower, should make sure that I am always facing the front of the classroom when asking questions, and should never face the board when I am talking to the class. For praise, they said that the exercises and notes on the board were wonderful and one point, and that I delivered praise when necessary, did a great job with voice & tone, and efficiently circulated the room, checking notebooks and making corrections when necessary.

All in all, I couldn't be more happy with how my 'first day' went...and I can't wait until I can call a classroom my own!!!

Mpaka Baadaye,
-Mwalimu M


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