Today Katie and myself met to review and provide feedback on our video of practice. Our session together was extremely rewarding. Throughout the session we both exchanged a significant amount of professional dialogue regarding our videoed Guided Reading session. This dialogue provided me with valuable guidance on the structure and pedagogical practice of an experienced teacher during a guided reading session.
A challenging aspect of this session was providing constructive and specific feedback. This skill is one I believe I need to continuously work upon in order to refine my ability to evaluate and reflect on my own teaching and that of others.
From my video I was able to identify areas of success and weakness. Through the feedback provided by Katie and my own evaluations, I was able to see that I created an engaging introduction to the guided reading session on forces, provided students will specific questioning that drew out their prior knowledge and made connections with their own life experiences. Additionally I had a solid understanding of the content of the text, allowing me to guide students knowledge.
An area that myself and Katie identified in need of growth, was my direct questioning at specific students to ensure that all children are participating in the book discussion. We brainstormed ways in which I could improve my direct question through the use of:
paddle pop sticks (Each student receives a paddle pop stick and needs to provide a response throughout the session, using the stick - allowing all students to respond, instead of just the same individual continuously.)
Draw name out of hat
You ask a question/you answer a question
All in all I found my first video of practice a worthwhile and rewarding professional learning experience that will continue to help develop, refine and evaluate my teaching.