Getting feedback after my TPs really
gave me insight into the ways in which I can develop my teaching skills. I also
discovered my strengths and after my 3rd TP I felt more comfortable and
confident in the classroom. According to my tutor in written feedback, one of
my greatest strengths shown was monitoring and I was able to do active and
supportive monitoring during tasks. I believe this is an important aspect of
teaching because a good teacher should know whether the students can
effectively carry out the tasks or not thus giving appropriate feedback after
tasks. Another strength that was mentioned by my tutor and my peers was that I
had good rapport and could provide opportunities for students to get involved.
The students were engaged and interested. Also, as evidenced in my tutor’s
feedback, I can anticipate problems before my lessons and think of practical solutions
to overcome them.
Needs and Action Points
There are many areas that I need to
focus on. First, I need to work more carefully on how I sequence the stages and
think thoroughly how I will do things in class by working more on the details.
This will make it easier for me to follow my plan during the lesson. I believe
setting clear tasks for the students and planning what I will say or do before,
during and after each stage of the lesson can help me improve in this area.
I also believe that I should keep
working on instructions by making them well staged and clear. I can improve in
this area by setting clear aims for each task and in the last stage of the
course I intend to think of the procedures
in my lesson plans thoroughly and include in more efficient ICQs to help
me keep tasks clear for the students.
Another area I need to improve on is
bringing in variety with regrouping and movement in class. I intend to make use
of more types of interactions in my next
lessons so that students will stay focused and
all students including the weaker ones may have a chance to get involved
I also believe I can exploit the context
more efficiently if I use the white board more effectively and make use of
proper visuals and use PPT with the OHP to get students more engaged.
I believe constructive criticism is
invaluable for a developing teacher. I am definitely going to miss receiving
feedback after each lesson once I start teaching in another environment and I
will try to take every opportunity I can to be observed by my more experienced
colleagues and to observe them.
During the course, I have learned that student centered
teaching is far more effective. I have also learned that building rapport with
students is one of the biggest keys to become a good teacher. A good teacher
should be able to encourage students by enabling them to learn in a student
centered way rather than keeping the lesson teacher centered and not giving
students much chance to speak and
improve their language skills. Before taking the course, I used to think
that it is a teacher’s job to explain everything. I discovered that this was a
wrong approach and eliciting information from the students is the best way to
engage them in the lesson. A student centered approach makes students more
confident and helps a teacher build rapport as well.
I have found out that receiving
constructive feedback is one of the most important opportunities for me to
develop my teaching skills. I learnt a lot from my tutors and my peers.
I have learned the importance of
effective time management and developed the habit of considering the ways time could have been
saved after each lesson. Another thing I have learned over the duration of the
course is that we should not feed students answers, instead we must let them
learn from their mistakes and correct their errors in a productive way.
Observing my tutors and peers gave me lots of inspiration
and ideas on my journey to become a better teacher.
Plans for Post-Course Development
A good teacher never stops learning and
I have many ideas on how to become one.
I intend to start improving myself
beyond the course by reading as many books as I can on teaching skills. A few
books I plan to read are Teach Efl by
David Riddell, Essential Teacher
Knowledge by Jeremy Harmer and How to
Teach Pronounciation by Gerald Kelly. I will also try to observe my
experienced colleagues whenever I get the opportunity to improve myself
Over the duration of the course I
discovered the importance of effective lesson planning, so I intend to develop
my lesson planning skills and create a portfolio of my lesson plans to keep my work organized.
I believe body language is another
important aspect of teaching and I found that a good way of maintaining a
positive body language is being aware of my personal gestures. So I plan to
record a few of my lessons in the future and watch them to improve my body
language in the classroom.
Lastly, over the long run I intend to
gain experience in teaching in a multilingual environment abroad and before moving
on to that I would like to apply for a Delta course after having 2 years of
experience in teaching.