I haven’t been in the classroom for three weeks because we had our reading week and then the students had last Thursday off, so today was getting back in the the swing of things. I was proud of how today went; I taught a lesson on summarizing (you can see on my lessons page). I sent Ms. Olfert out of the room so she would not know what the story I was going to read to the kids. I read the students a very simple book and they acted it out for Ms. Olfert so that she would know what happened in the story. Only a few students got to act, but the students in the audience were very helpful when the actors forgot what happened in the book. I only read the book once on purpose so that the students would remember, and therefore act out the major points while leaving out the details that are not required in summarizing. I explained to the students that when they did the skit that they were essentially summarizing. We then discussed how the skit contained three things: the setting, the conflict and the events that the characters were involved in. I showed them that these three things are what is important in a summary. They wrote a summary of the book on a piece of lose leaf and I was able to collect them. I have read through quite a few and their cooperating teacher said that their skills greatly improved in such a small time. I overheard her talking to the other teachers in the staff room about how my lesson was very effective and could be used across all grades. Today was very encouraging.
I learnt that my learners thrive when I give them an activity that appeals to their learning style. I have been thinking a lot lately about the difference between students who are very creative thinkers verses the ones that are more critical thinkers. I remember being frustrated by teachers who though we were all imaginative little children. I think that this lesson was able to appeal to both. The role playing activity allowed listening, watching, visualizing, speaking, communicating and many other skills. My goal for my next few lessons would be to design lessons that appealed to all my students as much as this one did.
I am not skilled in the English language, so this lesson was terrifying to me. Now that it went so well I am more confident to try teaching all subjects, not just science and math. Today proved that I am growing into a real teacher, not just a subject specialist in chemistry.