Monday, February 06, 2006

First lesson

TOday I had my first lesson on my own today, and I crashed and burned. Well not really, but I felt I did. I even had it written down what I was going to say,,,but I did'nt come over well. My class teacher was in the class with me, and she said I was fine.....but I dunno I got some blank looking faces at me. The thing I am finding difficult, is the fact that because I am teaching programming - the kids are moving at all different paces, so delivering a lesson to the whole class is rather difficult. I am starting doing progress checks so that I know what stage everyone is at.

I don't really have much to talk about because nothing really interesting happened today,, good or bad.


Zen Wizard said...

Sounds like you are off to a good start.

stuck_in_the_middle said...

Hi lesley,
I think we student teachers can often be pretty hard on ourselves. I know I am always thinking of all the things I could have done better. Im enjoying teaching two different classes the same project because after the first time I can think about how I might do things differently and implement them for the second class. A good habit to get into I suppose. However, It doesnt mean I always improve though - I think differnet things work for differnet classes. Mmm... Dont be so hard on yourself.

Alfred Thompson said...

The first one is always the worst. I pretty much think I could have done every lecture better no matter what the feedback. It is especially tough when, as you noted, the students are all over the map knowledge wise. But it sounds like you did fine. At least you noticed the blank looks. :-)

Chris said...


sounds like the usual kind of bored students thinking of life outside those computing walls. If my attention span in school and at uni is anything to go by then the fact that you only had a few blank faces is a good thing. Being lectured to is boring and they can't wait until you tell them to go on and do the pratical tasks. Then the blank faces put up their hands because their stuck...

Or am i totally wrong?...only time will tell...

Did you get a crit date?...mines the 20th Feb...

Anonymous said...

I don't have a crit date yet :( but I am also having to teach programming. We're doing VB and I just took the book home and installed it and learnt it because I haven't done VB before!

Programming is a damn hard thing to explain and it doesn't seem to help when a book says that the command
List1.RemoveItem List1.ListCount -1
removes the last item from the list because it doesn't explain it at all.

I think the most important thing to do is to emphasise the importance of commenting and planning your program - and it helps if you have a projector so that you can show them examples. I did the example form p39 (in the Abe Holmes book) on the board and their understanding seems to have improved.

Dave (Turnbull)

P.S. Bah! I don't like blogging so I ain't signed up yet (!)

LesleyJ said...

I actually am enjoying teaching VB, even although I have not done it before. When pupils' ask me for help and I don't know the answer, I get plenty of practice using the whole peer learning concept. mmmmm Has anyone else discovered this error before??? I have 2 crits since I am really a non computing person, on the 17th and on the 7th of March.

I just took my crit class....and they are hard work.

Dave,,,,blogging ROCKS.

Duncan_ said...

I sympathise with Dave.
In my last placement, I observed Higher pupils using VB.NET, and it is a total fiddle to use.
In my current placement, I have learned True Basic and it's much more straightforward and easy to explain.
(Maybe not easy to teach -- that's a whole 'nother matter, as they say -- but the code is clean and easy to analyse.)
Anyone agree ..?