Thursday, August 26, 2010

Reflections on My First Week of Teaching EDUC 210 Technology for Teachers

I am requiring my EDUC 210 students to write a reflection from each weeks readings and class discussion. Obviously I need to model this as well. Here is the top three things I learned from the first class:

1. I talked way too much. I need to allow time for conversations to develop, and not to dominate the group time. While it is true that I have a lot of experience (and a lot of opinions) this class is not about me. I can't get to know my students if I don't let them talk.

2. Developing a one hour a day class is much different than developing a one night a week class. I need to better anticipate difficulties my students may have. For example, when a student at school has a problem in class. We can find the solution the next day. When I have a similar problem with the night class, that student will have to wait a week for help unless we can sort it out through a call or email.

3. A group of pre-service teachers can really get me excited. Who doesn't want to talk shop with people so excited about what they want to do?

I am really excited for the next class. Now that I have the first one down and I feel much better prepared for the next one, I am ready to jump back in and share and learn together.


Theresa Murray said...

Great example for your students! Also, very good that you recognize the things to change so quickly and are willing to admit it as well. Here's to a great semester for you and your undergrads!! My own goal for the year is a blog post a week (either reflective or informational)!!!!

Wm Chamberlain said...

Thanks Theresa. :) I definitely need to do the same for my regular classroom as well. Thanks for the reminder (I feel kind of dumb now ;)

John Hadley Strange said...

Are their weekly reflections blogs? It would be interesting to have my students and yours communicate.

Ryne Baxter said...

It is great to see that you are finding things that need to be changed and you are working to do so. I think that is the only way any of us can get better at teaching or whatever else we do in life.

Stephanie Belletty said...

Mr. C
I think it is great that you are reflecting back on your class and noting what you can do to make the next class better. I think every teacher should do this every once in a while so they can change stuff if need to make the class more beneficial for their students! Thanks for the tips and have a great school year!! You can find a summary of my comments to your blog at