Saturday, April 6, 2013

Reflection Day 6

When planning a lesson, always consider these questions:
  • What do I want the students to learn?
  • How do I know that the children undeerstand what is being taught?
  • What if they can't understand?
  • What if they already can understand?
Dr Yeap also shared that there are different stages of instructions when teaching mathematical concepts. These instructions are similar to how we apply in our daily integrated lesson plans.

The instructions are:
  • Demonstration
  • Scaffold
During scaffoling, there are also things we should consider. If the child is unable to understand, then we move back to stage one which is demonstrate. If the child is able to understand, teacher can further extend their learning by moving to enrichment.

From the video that Dr Yeap shared, some children are able to see the pattern that the combination of the last 2 digits are 9. Whereas some are not able to see it. The learning goals of the lesson itself is about subtraction within 100, and therefore, it doesn't matter if the class gets to the the pattern in the equation.

Earlier today, Dr Yeap asked "What is the value of having such slow students in the group?" ( referring to the video shown). In the group, the child is able to learn from her peers and feek encouraged to do better.

On another note, having slower students in the group, it can be challenging for the teacher. But it also helps the teacher to see in the perspective of the child and work on giving simple individualized instruction for the child itself. It also helps teacher to track the pace of learning of different group of child.  I personally feel that teaching a slower paced child could be rewarding as well, because no matter how little improvement the child made, an improvement is still an improvement and it should be something that the child should be proud of.

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