On the 27-th of June my summer teaching training has begun. The first day was sudden, challenging, very emotional, exhausted, but great! It’s really hard to pull yourself together and study hard, when it hot and green outside, when it’s time for deserved vacation! But… who cares about what do you need?
The most valuable thing, which I have at the course is improving my English. All the discussions, lections, projects and speeches are in English! I have opportunity to share teaching ideas, ask for advices with colleagues from different schools. Every day we solve practical tasks, work with new curriculum.
First day of the course helped me a lot. I’ve understood the term of lesson objectives. (Thank God and Galina Anatolyevna!). This was my main problem of planning the lesson. It’s easy for me to choose or make tasks and activities, but my lesson objectives were always blurry. I hope, that now I will use the curriculum and course plan objectives in order to improve my student’s learning. Another very important concept, that I’ve been studying during the 1-st week is assessment. So many times I’ve heard about Summative and Formative assessment and Criteria-based assessment… But there were only words, of course I use all the types of assessment. But it was just for the tick. And now, I realize, that assessment — is a great tool of developing student’s understanding of what they know, how can we use their knowledge as a result of their education experience.
Second week was more practical. We’ve made a draft lesson plan, using new objectives. In my group we made lesson plan for the 1-st Grade, we were working with Subject Programme 1-4. Our topic was «Greetings». Our task was easier than we’ve done. It wasn’t nesessary to make the whole lesson plan. It was enough just to take activies for one of new objectives. But we’re not looking for the easy ways!
According to the Subject programme and Course plan learning objectives divaded into 6 strands: Content, Listerning, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Use of English. Each strand has own objectives. It’s easy to seach and use in your short term plans new objectives, they have special code in the documents, e.g: 10.L1 (10 Grade Listerning 1)or 1.U.E10 (1-st Grade Use of English 10). And if we look through the Subject Prorgamme or Course Plan, we can find a wide description of what learners should be able to do and to know, eg: 10. L5 — recognise the opinion of speaker with little or no support in extended talk on a wide range or general and curricular topics (for low-mid B1).
Also, on the second week we were speaking about very usefull list of 21-st century skills. I want to save them, so I’m going to post them here.
21-st century skills are:
- problem solving
- critical thinking
- independent learning
- information handling
- creating and desighning
- practical skills
Analysing my teaching and learning experience, I can say… that I’m almost have these skills, I should develop them, and improve for myself and for my students. This is my goal!
Another usefull informaton, which I’ve got at the traning is The 12 ways of learning. It is The Eclectic Teaching Approach unites the theories of cognitive styles, information processing, multiple intelligences, and multisensory learning to uncover 12 diverse and unique ways of processing or encoding information.
We discussed a question: «What we are diong with the babies?» after watching an amazing video, where we saw, that babies and toddlers can read and recognise words. We can help our students the same way: mark new vocabulary by higher pitched voice or use a mirror to help them with tongue control. Instead of complicated grammar, teacher should use simple, natural talk. And try to use Multisensory Classroom with pre-school and Primary pupils.
I found a new concept for myself, for my classroom and for my students — THRASS chart (Teaching Handwriting Reading and Spelling Skills). I hope, it’s true, that we will have this chart in every English Classroom.
Which I like most this week is that we show to each other and share teching activities and ideas. In each group, we had a different task. The aim of my group was — to present Primary Reading and Writing activities. According to our experience we share activities for developing skills like: Tracing letters, Matching CVC words with pictures, Blending and Segmenting, Sight-words and CVC words, Spelling quizzes, Rhyming word/picture matching, spelling dictation, etc. I brought my classroom flashcards, phonic chart, interactive poster, letter shapes, toys. I like my materila… And, I miss my classrom… I want to teach. But, first I need to learn! At the end of my reflection article, I’d like to add a quotation: «We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.»
First try to make a lesson plan with new objectives.