- Change teaching techniques based how the students are doing (if your technique used is not helping them learn, then change it!)
- Have basic phrases that are easy to remember when tying into examples
- Don't apologize! (this is something I would do because I was nervous...)
- If you have lots of info to go over (which I did) then try a handout to help guide them along!
- Do not hide behind something (a desk, podium, etc.)
- At the beginning of a lesson, say the learning objective and outcome that will be achieved during lesson (students like to see where you are going with the lesson)
- Give the "Why" of the lesson! (ex: the STL is one of the commandments for being a tech teacher)
- When writing on the board, size and color of stuff matters. It helps things stick more if it is bigger
- Have students drive (this helps them learn it better and allows you to not waste time at the board or computer)
- When assessing the students and they are struggling, go back and review the material! Clearly they didn't get it completely the first round!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
This week I had the opportunity to teach my STL, standard of technological literacy. I felt like it went ok. I had gone over the material and come up with different ways to teach the different categories, but I know that I struggled a bit and for some reason felt a little nervous! One thing I will say is that I am in a way glad that I went first. By going first, I taught without any impressions from anyone else. With this, I think overall I was better able to learn what are things that I do wrong and need to fix. By making mistakes, I was more able to understand what to do better as Geoff and the class was critiquing me. So here are some things I learned from my teaching experience: