Experiencing the Teaching- Learning ProcessEpisode 3: Assisting a Teacher with a “Teacher’s Toolbox”Name of FS Student: Ma. Cristina D. PanganoranCourse & Year: BSE-2 EnglishResource Teacher: Mrs. Irenea P. Dizon ___________________Instructor: Mrs. Gloria A. SilvaCooperating School: Holy Cross College (High School Department)Date of Submission: March 21, 2011Date Submitted: March 21, 2011
Subject Observed: English Date of Visit: March 14, 2011 School: Holy Cross College Year & Section: 3-5 Matrix Subject Matter Objectives Instructional Learning Assessment Materials Activities Tools Used Parts of - To prepare - Visual Aids - Review - Drills Speech & the students Figures of for the coming - Textbooks - Discussion - Graded Speech finals Recitation - Recitation - Mastery of - Board Work the Parts of speech and - Quiz Figures of speech Observation Report Mrs. Dizon first left the class under my supervision for a few minutes due anerrand she had to do about the deliberation of the graduates. I introduced myself tothe students and asked them a few questions regarding their lesson for that day. Ifound out that they already know what is expected of them and I was relieved thatthey were well-behaved during Mrs. Dizon’s absence; they even asked permissionfrom me before they leave the class to use the restroom. I felt happy because thestudents respected me. When Mrs. Dizon came in, the usual routine was observed. The first objective of the lesson is preparing the students for the finals, nextis the Mastery of the Parts of Speech and Figures of Speech and the third objectiveis to make the students realize how important the lessons are in the next level andhow they can use it in daily life. Learning activities such as discussion, review, recitation was facilitated bythe teacher and she used drills, board work and a quiz as her assessment tools. Thestudents were all participating, and knew most of the answers and were even ableto give examples of any figure of speech asked for them to define. They also knowhow to analyze the sentences given on the board on how sentence patterns are usedsuch as S-LV-C pattern and S-TV-DO pattern. The teacher knew that the students will learn better with enough practice andshe encourages all of them to speak to build their confidence to recite in class. Allof the activities she engages the students in are all a part of her lesson plan so shecan reach her objectives for that day. If I were the teacher I would use activities that will cover the learningprocess holistically and a plan that will be utilized to obtain the objectives that I setfor the students to reach. I will also use other activities that will enhance theirsocial skills and language competency such as role playing or musical plays.
Analysis:1. What are the objectives of the lesson, the subject matter, learning activities andassessment tools used by the teacher? The first objective is to prepare the students for the coming finals. Mrs.Dizon was able to clear this part of her objectives because I’ve seen how thestudents perform during the class activity and I can say that most of them are readyfor finals despite the fact that belong to section 5. Next is the Mastery of the 8 Parts of speech and Figures of speech. Thisobjective was achieved around 80-85 percent of the class. The discussion was veryeffective because it gives the students a sense of familiarity because they learnbetter using this kind of activity. The board work and drills were also effective inmaking the students apply everything they studied for the upcoming finals. They were not only ready for the exam but they also carry the life lessonsthat the teacher has instilled in their hearts. The teacher wanted the students torealize how important the lessons are in the next level and how they can use it indaily life. The integration of values in the lessons is always practiced by theteacher in any class she handles and I admire her for doing that. We as futureteachers must know that we are not only mind enhancers but also heart and spiritmolders.2. How do the learners participate in the activities? I must admit that I don’t know if I should be impressed with the teacher orwith the students. Why? Because the students were active participants of the classwhen most people would expect that these kids are no good at all because whenasked they answer, when requested to give an example they perform. They evenrecite in class better than those I know in the college department. Here’s the thing,they are not in the top section they are third year section 5. Yes, section 5 and theywere able to answer question after question and give examples after definition. The question is do they perform this well in other subjects? If this is thesame scenario I would see with other teachers, then they are without a doubt a verygood class. But I’ve observed other teachers too and I must say Mrs. Dizon issomeone who has an aura that makes the students well-behaved. The moment theysee her coming students go to their seats it’s not because she is a terror teacher butshe already reached the classroom climate which is a business-like but non-threatening atmosphere. The students participated actively, with very good answers and listenedattentively to everything that the teacher has to say. So I think it’s in the teacher ifthe students would act out or be unruly on how she will handle these things. Thestudents can smell fear and they can take advantage of that if they wanted to. Thesestudents are more impressive than the 3-4. This was the second time I observedthem and I was still impressed as if I was observing 3-1 students. I owe Mrs. Dizonthis very informative observation period. Once again I have learned from her ways.She is truly an inspiration.
3. What reasons does the teacher give in having such learning activities? Mrs. Dizon first decides on which objectives to work on by using the needsof the students as basis. In this case, it is the needs of the 3-5 that the teacherdecides to do a review before the final exam comes. She chose discussion becausethe students are more adept in learning when it comes to reviewing if she uses thiskind of approach in teaching them. To satisfy my curiosity, I interviewed a few students in 3-5 and theyadmitted that they learn better when Mrs. Dizon discuss the lesson instead of doingother styles. Since it is almost the end of the school year, the teacher obviouslyknows how to design her lesson plan and she already knows the best way for the 3-5 students to learn. The teacher knows that the board work enhances the writing skills andgrammar skills while the recitation covers mostly speaking skills, social skills andbuilding one’s self-confidence. Quizzes also help the teacher evaluate how far thestudents have reached in terms of the lesson. So we can’t do away with any ofthese things when it comes to teaching. We can’t leave out anything because theyare all important. The plan must be complete or the system would fall apart. Wehave to consider everything because all these things are a part of the teaching-learning process.4. If you were the teacher, what activities, materials and assessment tools will youuse? Why? I can’t say I would only focus on a single activity but I have to utilize all thelearning activities I have learned on my major subjects especially this semester Ihave learned a lot of activities and studied on how to use materials that can beutilized to encourage speaking and enhance grammar in class such as maps,graphic organizers, role playing, group projects, group games, interactivediscussion, cooperative learning and many more. I also learned about the differenttypes of assessment tools such as rubrics, exams, portfolios and others. Ofcourse it is not only the students who are being considered here but alsothe lesson and how it relates to a certain material, activity and evaluation.Activities, materials and assessment tools must be in sync with the objectives so itwill be a smooth flow all throughout the period. I plan to use a variety of techniques to know what is suitable for thestudents. To find out what is their special skills are or what kind of learner theyare. And which activities they are weak in and make that weakness disappear or ifnot help them cope with it. What they lack in something must be compensated byanother skill. Through using these things as tools in the correct way, the successrate of teaching-learning process is in very good hands.
Reflections:1. What insights/learning & new understandings have you gained from yourexperience? I have really learned a lot from this semester. All the observing experiencesmade me see all the important facts in being a teacher. They made me realize abouta lot of things not just in teaching but also about life. These experiences are by farthe most fruitful of all in my school life. I learned to manage my time, worry aboutimportant things in life and see the teacher in me. Good teachers are full of passion, well prepared for their lesson, haveanticipatory skills and of course live with integrity. Aside from knowledge,teachers must possess positive attitudes and admirable work ethics. One sees thesequalities through the way activities are facilitated by the teacher, how the materialsare organized and prepared, and another thing is how the assessment tools are used.The assessment must never be used to punish the student. This is where positiveattitude comes in. Dedication, hard work and punctuality are also important. We should demonstrate not just the lesson but also the process by which welearn. All teachers must realize that part of their job is to teach their students howto learn. I’ve learned that metacognition comes in when we focus on learning howto learn. Teachers must also learn from their mistakes, and experiment continuallywith ways to improve their strategies and teaching methods.