I taught my very first lesson today. It was top set year 7, with the goal being to understand how leaflets grab attention and why.
It went ... okay. I survived? Lol. It could have gone a lot worse, but it definitely could have been way better. The kids were quite chatty and had difficulty shutting up when asked, but they didn't do anything unexpected.
As the teacher, I think I failed. We only really got to the lesson aims in the last 3 minutes. I wasn't clear in my instructions. I asked them to do too much, in groups of their own choosing, in too little time.
For next time:
- Keep instructions on the board for kids to refer to throughout the lesson.
- Keep bringing the kids back to the LO, perhaps between shorter tasks, for AfL.
- Stick to the times allowed per activity!
- Be wary of kids sitting with friends, especially chatty boys.
That's enough to think on from this, round one. Ding ding ding!
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