Well, this is a first.
Looks like I’m using my blog to help me deliver a lesson in a ‘foreign’ school! This lesson will take place in Norwich, which I’ll have to get to by starting out at seven in the morning and travelling until eleven.
After that, I’ll be in interview mode. For a teacher this means doing a sample lesson, sort of like try before you buy. Its a funny old situation, as you have no idea about who the students are, where they’ve come from, what their day might have been like, or anything.
For the lesson I’ll be using eggtimer (thanks to @chrisleach78 for finding it).
The school gives you a topic in advance, and some basic information about the students i.e. how many there might be, and you have to come up with a lesson to fit the slot you’ve been given. In this case twenty minutes.
My worst fear is that another teacher, given the same broad topic (exam preparation), has chosen the exact same detail to focus on. Of course you don’t find out until afterwards, so i guess you can’t worry about it too much.
The reason I’m typing this up in the blog is simple. Going to a new school, with various different IT solutions is a tricky business. Will your powerpoint work? Will their computers recognise the file type? Its all a bit of a nightmare, so I thought ‘why not put it all on the internet?’ I know they have this, and have asked the head of department if they can see my blog, which they can, so all good.
The lesson is simple – the topic is exam preparation and the learning objective is to gain an understanding of what makes for an effective study environment.
- Show the first picture (me in my untidy spare room) and ask for comments about what I’m doing wrong vis-a-vis study
- then get students to write or draw in detail what their own study areas are like (with the timer),
- share with a partner (timer again)
- note down some comments for improvement that their partner suggests
- round it up with some examples fromt he various people
- finish off with the second picture, showing me putting into practise what it is that I’m preaching.
Hope you enjoyed the lesson. Wish me luck!