Think reflectively about the micro-teaching activity that you and your partner created and presented in class. Then, write a blog (250-300 words approx.) that responds to the following three key questions: why you found this activity interesting and strong for your class, what you would have done differently due to differentiating instruction reasons, and how you would have incorporated more culture into it.

 

In order to earn full credit for this blog, you must also leave at least two comments (50-100 words each) on your peers’ posts. Please take the time to read what they wrote – you’ll find that you often have similar reactions to the teaching experience, and can help one another a great deal through this first semester!

 

Deadlines:

For personal blog: Tuesday, February 26, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

For two comments: Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

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María Flores

EDS 319

Our micro-teaching activity consisted in learning colors and numbers for 3rd grade students, we found it beneficial to create a very colorful power point where each color and number is presented one at a time to give our student time to differentiate between them and learn more effectively.  Although naming colors and simple numbering in Spanish comes in natural for us as adults, it is actually a cognitively complex task for young children.  I found our activity very strong because of the materials presented, each student was given a worksheet and pre-made baggies of colorful chocolates to work in small groups, Students would be able to group the chocolates and sort them according to color and group.  I wouldn’t have done anything differently, it was very engaging and covered every aspect possible it included the teaching of a language, by sorting the chocolates we are including math skills and the comparing and contrasting of the chocolates provided, we created an inclusive environment where no one was left out and by creating small groups they would be able to help each other and work together.  To incorporate more culture into the activity I would have added in the color slides fruits, in yellow, place a picture of a banana and provide information about the fruit.  For example, bananas are grown in humid tropical places like Africa, South America and the Caribbean.  The leading producers of these fruits include Ecuador, Costa Rica, Philippines and Colombia. By including this approach we would be able to expose children to different cultures and enable them to get to know the fruits they eat and where they come from.

Hello, Maria.
I liked your micro-teaching activity. I have to agree with you, in regards to the colourfulness of our lessons. Additionally, I liked your colourful worksheets, as well as, the colourful chocolates. In short, I liked the way you implemented realia. Furthermore, I liked the concept of implementing other disciplines into the lesson. To conclude, I found your presentation to be helpful for us.

Maria, 
I congratulate you for the presentation, it was very educational for us, I liked the methodology you used, the use of the presentation of colors and numbers first to understand the subject and the activities helped to put into practice what was learned. It was very uplifting and I know the students will learn a lot in this way. I know that you can do more activities where you practice this lesson

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Dennis Galicia

EDS 319

Our micro-teaching activity allowed my partner and I, to gain a particular exposure to the process of designing a lesson. Additionally, such activity allowed us to gain some knowledge about the different sorts of IEPS that are present in the school setting. Lastly, the micro-teaching activity presented us with the different sorts of challenges that our colleagues face in the field. In my opinion, such activity was significant due to the concepts presented by it.
Furthermore, my partner and I presented a lesson regarding the parts of the day. Additionally, it is important to mention that our class possessed a student with an IEP. As a result, we attempted to serve the needs of our student through accommodations in the classroom. Nonetheless, after conducting a meticulous analysis of our lesson, I found discrepancies in our accommodations, as well as, our lesson.
To be specific, in our implementation of the lesson for the student with the IEP. Initially, we printed out the lesson of the day for our student. Besides, we included physical items associated with each of the different times of the day. However, in my opinion, we failed to create a more explicit connection between our student and the accommodations. Additionally, we could have exploited the auditory learning, as well as, the kinesthetic learning styles.
Also, the second discrepancy has to do with the management of the rest of the class. In my opinion, we could have created a more explicit union between our entire class. At times, we did not focus on the rest of the class.
Lastly, the third discrepancy has to do with the cultural portion of our lesson. We failed to create an explicit connection to the culture of our students. In my opinion, we could have implemented more references to the different cultures of our students, since the material allowed room for such. For instance, we could have presented more information about the activities associated with the segments of the day across the diverse Latin-American countries.

I liked the presentation and the partner activity that was set with items to describe different times of the day. I would have like to have heard a rooster crowing (morning), coqui singing (night), church bells (afternoon) or seen pictures of different foods for different times of the day. Of course, those sounds may just be recognized by someone who knows them but just an example.

Hi Dennis:

I enjoyed your presentation, I thought it was very rich in content and very appropriate for learning the times of the day, the only thing I would have changed is giving out the activity to all students the same way you gave the objects to everyone. But overall I thought it was well prepared and interactive.

Hello Dennis,

I feel like you and your partner did a good job. I think it was creative and helpful to students to connect what they were learning to what you have presented. It was a good idea that you let some students participated in the activity in order to understand better the lesson.  

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Hello Dennis, I really liked the idea in which you and your partner presented the lesson. It was a very hands on activity which allows the student to have a sense of what each item feels like. I believe it is  very important to get to know your students and therefore as educators being able to accommodate each lesson plan according to the students needs which I think you both did great at. Like you mentioned let's not forget about the rest of the class, by doing some accommodations or including more objects/ or sounds to show the rest of the class you will definitely have a successful lesson. 

The micro-teaching activity that Maria and I did was about how to provide a setting where both students with a learning disability and those who do not have one can receive an education in the same setting. It was an activity for a third grade class. The activity consisted in learning colors and numbers from 1 to 20. My partner and I designed the first activity to include not only the organization of the information on the chart we actually created for them, but we used color to help them distinguish key property words. The last activity was for our students who have a good grasp of the information and organization so we allowed them to add the chocolates by sizes. These activities use different levels with respect to depth of knowledge and also include questions on different levels and some challenges at the end to promote further thinking.  This activity was interesting and strong for our class because as a future teacher I might have students who have difficulty organizing information and may have difficulty with the vocabulary of the property words. It was also interesting because It was given me an idea of how detailed and prepared I must be and what is needed in order to become a good teacher. Something I would have done differently is to integrate the students in the activities like others groups did. As teachers, it is important to know how the students best expresses themself and how they best receive information. Bringing culture into our classroom may be hard at times, but we can always do it by learning the numerous cultures that we have in our classroom. I would have incorporated  more culture by showing them a video or pictures of traditional dishes since they are rich in culture and colorfull.

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Hello Selena,

You did a good job! I liked the way you and Maria implemented your lesson for all students. In addition to the materials you used to develop the activity, they were very helpful because of the colors and shapes. This helps students to associate in a more interesting and enjoyable way with the context of the class. You could have added images of fruits and vegetables into your presentation so that students can also classify them according to their colors, sizes, and quantities. Lastly, group work can be beneficial for the whole class, so they help each other and reinforce what they have learned. 

Hello Selena,

Your micro-teaching activity was one of my favorite! I enjoyed how you and your partner really put in time and effort into the powerpoint, the worksheet, and the little baggies. As a visual learner myself, I found it really helpful that you did not just simply give the meanings to the vocabulary words, like many traditional teachers do. You not only presented the color in Spanish, but you also included the colors that corresponded. This can help all learners create a connection with the content. So the next time they see something red whether it be in the classroom or not, they will associate it with "rojo," or in that case any color you have taught! 

Our micro-teaching activities’ goal was to interact with students in their culture and their connection to Spanish language as well as expand their knowledge of how different Spanish can be around the globe. Although our activity targeted heritage learners who speak and understand Spanish but have difficulty with grammar and spelling; I would change the slides from Spanish to English or find a way of balancing the use of the two languages, instead of making all slides in Spanish so no one is left behind. In terms of culture, instead of asking what you would like to share about your country. I would like to change it to either show famous people relevant in their lives or songs and ask where they are from and or ask them if they have ever been to their country or what have they heard about their country. To incorporate culture, I think maybe adding music or videos and more interactions on what they would like to share about their culture. Our course in this activity I would partner one person who has been to their country with one who has not and than do an activity of comparison of two different countries as a part 2. My presentation included a lot of visualization, sound and time for interaction between students. One thing I believe was lacking in my presentation was realia. Although my activities covered sight and sound, they did not cover taste, touch and smell. These senses could have been covered by bringing food items or conducting a guided imagery exercises in which they could remember a pleasant memory and share it. However when doing those types of activities no one knows exactly what memory may be discovered and we may have a cry student afterwards. I’m open to knowing how to become better.

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