The lesson, to be short, went wonderfully. I have zero experience in front of a classroom of high school students and of course my first time would be when I was being observed. My CT, Ms. P., also took the day off that day because it was her birthday, so I had more authority in the classroom. My lesson was designed for 35 minutes and that was about how long it lasted. How I managed to achieve this without consulting a clock and being afraid for my life (or my grades...) is beyond me.
Having observed this class before, I knew were a group that was prone to some good discussion, perhaps even more so than the class after, which I also observe. My presentation split into five main parts, two of which was a free write and an exit slip. As an exit slip, I wanted the students to reflect on the value of this lesson and discussion. I know that they will not always find everything done in class interesting, but I also wanted them to know that I am willing to learn from my mistakes. Most of the students in 2nd block liked the activity and said that it helped them think more about the books that we discussed, Night and The Chosen.
Afterwards, Ms. J. and I went into the hall and discussed my perception of the lesson. I explained that I thought it went well and that I was impressed by the students' contributions to discussion. She was impressed as well and told me that my lesson was one of the better ones she has ever seen. I'm trying not to let this get to me...but come on. I rocked it!
Today, Ms. P. wanted to know if I would like to teach my lesson to 3rd block, the class I see the most. I agreed, but I felt slightly disappointed with myself after the lesson was over. The students in that class are not as talkative in discussion and I did not press any students to share who had not. As a result, many of the same students kept contributing to the discussion, which helped me, but did not give a good impression to the other students who were keeping silent. The remedy for this, I believe, is what I would have done had I have had more time to complete the lesson. I would have had each student share their free write and moved around the room in order.
Ms. P. also said that I am soft-spoken, which was not a problem on Friday. I think this may have been a result of the excellent turnout on Friday and my expectations for 3rd block, which did not quite measure up. Overall, I think giving the lesson twice was a helpful experiment for me, although the first discussion was by far the best of the two.