Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Final Teaching Presentation Reflection

Oops! Forgot to publish this. It was a draft until today. T_T

1) Brief description of the lesson presented

My lesson plan was based on the following objective: "Students will be able to understand how gravitational attraction and the inertia of objects in the solar system keep them on a predictable elliptical pathway through an online simulation activity."
Using the SmartBoard presentation as the lesson guideline, the lesson initiation included an overview of the objective, and an embedded Bill Nye video (within the Notebook) which explained how gravitational forces affects the orbit of the planets around the sun.
The main lesson activity was an online simulation (in fact, it was a simulator that I used as a student myself when I was learning about the solar system!) with a worksheet that someone else had created online. In this part, my Notebook presentation had links to all the relevant and required websites and documents.
The final part included an assessment, both evaluating teacher and student performance, as well as homework meaningful to the objective presented in the lesson. Reminders about a performance rubric and other guidelines were also given.

2) Personal thoughts regarding how the lesson went (including evidence where appropriate)

I thought my lesson went well, as evidenced by the fact that Professor Hale had me submit my Final Teaching Presentation DURING my presentation (talk about your stressors!). Please see "What Would You Do Differently" for additional comments.

3) Surprises (if any, both positive and negative)

I was surprised that my Teaching Presentation required no additional work, and that it went as smoothly as it did, considering I had about zero hours of sleep the night before (and I didn't even practice it in front of a mirror)...after my mini-teaching lesson with Cory on Monday, I feel as though my enthusiasm carries confidence a long way, even if I feel underprepared.

4) What would you do the same? What would you do differently? Please explain.

One thing I would do differently is that I noticed other students made the SmartBoard activities more interactive, i.e., having students come up and 'fill-in-the-blanks'. I would definitely have taken this into consideration had we time to revise or create an additional technology lesson. Otherwise, I feel as though I would keep most everything else (forgoing any small editing I would have to do for an actual real-life lesson).

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