Hello,I have been reading E-mails and learning a great deal, kudos
Hugh, Lorraine and MuscleGuy. I have three other teachers at my
school doing NBC, 2 English and me SS. After working the last two
months on the videotapes, and taping about 25 hours worth of class
time. I came to some conclusions based on other teachers evaluation
with my "chosen" twenty minutes.
1. The perfect class or lesson plan doesn't exist
2. Shoot for a reasonable baseline of what you really do in class.
3. When people "stage" a lesson there is no spontinaity, no zing or
even a smile.(I've seen staged lessons, they are cardboard cutouts of
the real thing)
4. Don't be afraid to address student inattention,move a chair, send
a person to the overhead, or to another group.
5. Relax, just let the lesson come out the way that feels right to
the situation and your goals.
Specifically for my small group, I had three groups of four students.
We had read an article on school violence, a student had shot another
student in the leg.(happens everyday, pitiful I know) I went from
group to group, posing questions and listening to students discourse
and disagreements. So 5x3=15 minutes, and a whole class discussion
that went on for another 20.
Hugh is right. Shoot alot. Get the best.