· After meeting with my mentor and observing the experienced practitioner’s lesson I realized that I need to reflect on my current practices. I learned the importance of effective lesson through the inclusion of aims and objectives in my lesson plan, it would not be wrong if I say that planning begins with clear learning aims and objectives. That’s why an effective lesson should be well-planned (Petty, 2014). It should be helpful to all the learner as it will provide the opportunity to participate actively in all the activities. It should start with prior knowledge and move steadily towards new learning so that the learners may clutch the new concepts properly.
The lesson need to be planned with active learning techniques to encourage the critical thinking of the learners and to upsurge their interest in the lesson. The teacher should provide scaffolding and positive feedback so that students work more freely with outmost accuracy. It will also help in the reduction of errors and reduces the dependence of the learner on the teacher.
Handy resources not only encourage the students but also awaken their curiosity by keeping them engaged successfully during the lesson. Peer work is fruitful in engaging the students with each other which help them to learn through experience and collaboration. The lesson should allocate reasonable time to each activity and encourage students to finish the task in the given time. The lesson should include wrap-up and ends properly.
· My new learning and practices in Unit 1 will empower me to revise my teaching practice in a number of ways. I will design my lessons wisely and begin them with an interesting warm-up activity. I will share learning objectives with my students and link their previous knowledge to lay a solid foundation for the new topic.
I will frequently assess my students to check the level of understanding and make my class student centre by making sure that active learning is happening. I will organize students into pairs and groups to encourage collaborative learning. I will provide sustenance and encourage students through positive response. I will use different materials i.e. flash cards, worksheets, Smart board to make my pupils active during learning and will encourage them to take part in all activities.
I will use up to mark questioning techniques as formative assessment tools in the class to keep a check on my learner’s learning during the lesson and to take decisions about how to step forward. I will try to provide an effective learning environment in the class to motivate my learners’ critical thinking and end my lesson with reinforcement of the new topic to strengthen their knowledge.