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Lesson Plan A Chair for Mother
Date: 04/09/2014 (Pre-Student Teaching)
Artifact Description:
This document is a lesson plan that I used to teach a full class of 2
graders. In this
lesson plan, it includes the lesson, all worksheets, my cooperating teachers comments and my
professors comments. Along with the lesson plan are photographs showing how I taught in the
classroom that day.
Wisconsin Teacher Licensure Standard Alignment:
This artifact best aligns with Wisconsin Teacher Licensure Standard Six, The teacher
uses knowledge of effective verbal, nonverbal, and media communication techniques to foster
active inquiry, collaboration, and supportive interaction in the classroom. While teaching this
lesson in a 2
grade classroom, I had to use a variety of verbal and nonverbal cues with the
students. In order to keep my lesson plan on task and have the students be engaged in learning I
would use the techniques. Such as, having different students not sit by each other who I know
would cause some disruption. I also would use the nonverbal cue like close proximity to students
who were disrupting the class. Another skill I used when teaching my lesson is that I wouldnt let
the students answer the question right I away. I would give students different moments to pause
and think about the story before just jumping to a conclusion. For this lesson that really got the
students interested, was that I was able to use the Smart Board to tell the story, A Chair for My
Mother. With using the Smart Board, all of the students were able to sit up in rows and focus on
the story because the computer read to them. Also, the students were able to go up to the board
and touch different vocabulary words that they didnt know as well as point out key features in
the illustrations. After the lesson the students had to think critically on how they could save up
their money and what it would take for them to do that. Each student received a worksheet with a
story board on it. The students were able to brainstorm ideas at their table as well as ask the
teachers any questions they had. Through teaching this lesson I was able to actively engage the
students and create a successful learning environment.
UW-Platteville Knowledge, Skill, Disposition, Alignment:
KS3.b. Uses Questioning and Discussion Techniques: The candidates questioning techniques
and instructional strategies are of uniformly high quality with special attention given to
available time for students response, varied levels of questions, and adequate student
involvement in discussions/instructional process.
This experience best aligns with Ks3.b. because in the main part of my lesson, effective
questioning was taking place and after the story, the students and I discussed the main points of
the story. In my lesson plan, I wrote in questions to stop and ask during important parts too. As a
teacher, I did this because I did not want to forget about the important information that the
students needed to fully understand in order to get the main concept of the lesson. After asking a
question, I would wait until students had a chance to think, and I would not call on the same
students every time. Most of the time the students responses would strike an idea with another
student, and this is how many of the discussions went for the lesson. During this lesson, it was
very important to stop and ask questions because it was reading from a story that the students
needed to be able to comprehend everything to do the follow up activity.
Secondary KSD
KSD3.d Provides feedback to students
KSD2.d- Manages student behavior
Personal Reflection
What I learned about teaching/ learning from this experience
From this experience, I learned how to keep students actively involved in a lesson. I think
that some lessons can be uneventful for students especially reading from a book as a class, and
that is why it is important to use different techniques to teach. I think by using the Smart Board
for this lesson, students were able to get more involved and really be active in comprehending
the text. Not only were students answering questions and paying attention, they were being very
active because they wanted to work the Smart Board. I think in this classroom, the Smart Board
helped manage the students as well because it worked as a reward system. If they had good
behavior, they were able to turn the pages or point out something in the story. I also think that
being able to use nonverbal cues to keep the class on track is a great way because there is no
interruption of the lesson.
What I learned about myself as a prospective educator as a result of this experience
I learned that if I want to be an effective teacher, I must keep the classroom engaged and
interactive. Students love to be involved in the learning process if given a chance. I also learned
that there is less disruptive behavior when students are asking questions, discussing the topic, or
paying attention to the lesson. With the lesson I taught at the end the students related the story
back to their real life, and I enjoyed seeing how the students would use those concepts from the
story in their real life. As a future teacher, I will try to keep the lessons relevant to the life of the
students. I will provide different ways for the students to expand their knowledge and inquire
new information.