Professional Development Plan

Goal 1:

My goal was to focus on asking the students clear, concise questions. My assessment in this lesson was focused largely on my students’ answers to the questions I am asking them, so this was critical in my assessment. 

I also wanted to focus on giving clear instructions to the students so they were able to fully understand the material that was being presented to them. Students should be asked questions that allow them to expand their minds and think about something new. 

I think I was effective in delivering clear instructions and asking clear questions. The students were all on task and did not seem to need much clarification after instruction. I followed my plan, but there were times that I needed to adapt my plan. The students took much longer than I anticipated for them to decorate their fortune tellers, and because of time, some of the students ended up not able to finish their decorating. Even in doing this, I wasn’t able to have as long of a closure as I would’ve liked. I do think my closure was still effective though! Working into next week, I feel I need to work more on time management. I need to ensure the students are on task and are participating effectively so we are able to finish the lesson in the allotted time. My cooperating teacher has a timer, and I will use this so students (hopefully) stay on task and work to the deadline. 

Goal 2:

This lesson I will focus on time management. I am going to move on to the next activity/step as soon as 2-3 students are finished and provide extra support to slower students as needed. This will ensure students stay on task and don’t get bored! 

Reflection: 

While teaching my lesson plan Y, I was most definitely more focused on my time management, and it proved to be successful. It actually made teaching the lesson much less stressful I found, as I wasn’t super stressed at the end because I was out of time but not yet done my lesson. I was able to meet this goal by using the class timer (to keep students motivated, and on task). When 5 students were finished, I moved onto the next step which worked well. All of the students were still able to finish their work but there was not a lot of off-task behaviour. This also cut down on my classroom management need, as the students were more engaged throughout the lesson.

This connects directly to my core beliefs about differentiating my learning experiences for students. This activity was age, and developmentally appropriate for all students, allowed for some creativity, while also serving the curricular connections purpose it intended to. It allowed me to use many different teaching strategies that met the needs of the students as well. For example, I used the “I do”, “we do”, “you do” method. I did the initial instruction and example, the students then expanded on this with me, and then they created their own art pieces based on their learning. 

I struggle to find many places I needed to improve when teaching this lesson, but as always, I could have written the lesson in a much more specific way. Writing out each point I said to the students would have helped others reading the lesson plan understand more of what I am doing. I just do not find that this level of detail is always required for me when I am writing a lesson. 

As always, I will always have some room to improve in my goal. When thinking of time management strategies and keeping students on task, I think it is important for me to include the idea that just because this idea worked this time, does not always mean it will work. Using the same method over and over again also will get boring to my students. So, I am going to leave myself with this question: what other methods of time management can I use in my practice?