My Practice Teaching Experience

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Early on in my Block A experience I realised that a major contributing factor to the success, or otherwise, of my lessons was the pace. This is an area that I have looking at improving over the course of my Block A placement.

The advice given by Gererd Dixon (2011: Online) is that;

‘One of the hardest things for new teachers is to inject pace and purpose into lessons while recognizing the needs of slower learners in the class.’

Working out the correct pace for my classes did prove to be a struggle as it does require the teacher to understand the needs of different learners in the room. In moving on too quickly I left students behind, whereas allotting too much time resulted in misbehaviour and boredom. My task was to attempt to come up with strategies to create a balance between the two and in so doing create an environment where students didn’t get left behind and were given ample opportunity to discuss their emerging ideas and conclude their understanding.

Early on in my placement I struggled to find a way to organise the time within the lesson especially when I did not know my students (see week 6, paragraph 3). The issues with the pacing of the lesson began in the planning phase, where I struggled to allocate the correct timings to activities. I found that, because of my lack of familiarity with the classes, my timings were often incorrect and my lessons would often overrun. After a discussion with my subject mentor I found that there were several strategies for working with students to improve the pace of the lesson.

The first tactic that I tried to put into place was under planning in order to make plenty of time for understanding and for the plenary to conclude the lesson (see week 7, paragraph 2). Although thi...

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...f the teaching and learning process and it is something that I will continue to work on throughout Block B and also when I enter into the teaching profession. The strategies that I have used will be very valuable in future; however I understand that they might not always work with every class. One key insight that I have to timing is to be open to ideas and to try to be adaptive to different situations within the classroom. I will be looking for further strategies and advice in future to further develop my understanding of classroom practice.

Works Cited

Dixon, G. (2011) Introducing pace and purpose into your lessons. TES. [Online] [Accessed on 28 December 2011]

Cowley, S. (2009) How to survive your first year in teaching. 2nd ed., Continuum International Publishing Group.
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