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From: Melanie Tiwari (mt49403@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu)
Date: Tue Oct 09 2001 - 20:18:33 EDT

  • Next message: Melanie Tiwari: "Re: [Teacher-TalkNovel] books-on-tape"

    When I was planning a lesson to teach in my internship classroom, I had
    my supervising teacher look at it to detect and fix any bugs. She said
    that I overplanned, but to find a good breaking point and make it a
    two-day lesson which really worked out well. In action, actually
    teaching it, I turned out to have gone right up to the bell with perfect
    timing, or to go a little over or a little under. I ended up modifying
    my timing according to my class. One of my classes moves a little
    slower because half of the class is learning disabled and behavior
    modification students with a few second-language learners. But for my
    "second day" or the leftovers, I made sure to have a flexible enough
    activity that could both fill time but not waste it. My first day
    turned out to be lecture/notes and then small group discussions with
    presentations. If the presentations ran over, I just used that to pick
    up and review on the second day. If they didn't, I still reviewed and
    tied in what we talked about to the writing activities on the second
    day. You probably feel like you need to cut things out, when really you
    may need to slow down or modify.


    "Heather R. Norris" wrote:

    > I am not sure if this will show, my other listings have not. In my
    > Internship my supervising teacher and I worked on a unit together
    > about the Revoluvtion. I think when I started on mine for my English
    > class at UCF it was too much. It was partical in that it covered what
    > it needed to cover, but it lacked a lot. I was the typical boring
    > reading assignments studetns are familar with. I aimed too high when
    > I wanted to teach a novel and a play in four or five weeks and have a
    > lot of creativity. I realized this when I watched my classes in
    > Internship take three weeks for The Crucible. They didn't just read
    > the play, they had a variety, and they had other activities to occpy
    > them as well. I think I realized that we do need a "center piece."
    > Has anyone else figured out how to cover everything they "need" to
    > cover and still have been able to have the extras as well? Or do we
    > just need to realize that we always want to do more than what time
    > allows?
    > Heather



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