Day 8 - Happiness…?
I rushed and wrote my lesson plan about infinitives when I arrived at school. Luckily, I finished it quickly and had it checked by my CT. It was the first time that she commented “Good!” on my objectives. Finally!
I then proceeded to my first class with Silver. I continued our lesson about the Three Rules for Happiness. I was very frustrated because I should catch up and hurry our lessons for us to be able to finish everything for this quarter. Also, I forgot my visual aid at home; it was supposedly for the very first activity for the day. I was also confused on how to deliver the said text and compress the parts of our lesson into just one meeting. So, right after reading the text, I immediately told the students to prepare their posters containing their own set of rules for happiness. It served as their assignment.
Since Gold was already advanced, I told them to present their work at once. They came up with the posters (pictures) above. Then, I presented the new lesson about infinitives. I was obviously very conscious about my delivery of the lesson because my CT was observing me. I wasn’t very satisfied with my performance because the students were very serious and they didn’t volunteer to answer the questions I asked them.
I spent my break checking the rest of the papers left with me. Fortunately, I finished them all and got time to rest.
Bronze was ready to participate this day. There were more students who wanted to answer than usual. I also gave them the same activity with Silver - both the vocabulary and poster-making activities.
Day 7 - Instructional Materials Overload
This day started lightly. I rewrote my lesson plan before my first class started. My CT accompanied and observed me again during my class in Silver. I gave them a short quiz about our last two topics - The Giving Tree and From an Airman to His Mother. I also included a spelling test containing some of the frequently misspelled words. Out of 50 students, only four students failed - not bad. I then immediately gave them a short activity. In that activity, I asked them to think of a cheerful/happy song then present it in front of the class. They came up with lively presentations and explained their reasons behind choosing those songs. However, we ran out of time so I told them that we will continue the discussion on the next day.
For Gold, I gave them the said quiz and, out of 41 students, no one failed! It gave me a very rewarding feeling after recording their scores. I can now claim it as an achievement. However, this class was already advanced from the other sections. My CT asked me to skip the first part of my lesson then proceed to the application part right away because she has already discussed the, supposedly, next lesson with them. Good thing they brought their art materials with them. I then explained the activity, which is somewhat like a poster making activity, wherein they need to show their own original set of rules for happiness.
I again spent my break time checking more papers from Bronze but, sadly, I was still not able to finish them all. So, I failed to give it back to them before we started our class. I gave them the same quiz and out of 50 students, only seven failed. We then proceeded to the activity involving everyone to present a cheerful/happy song. I dived them into five groups and fortunately, all of them presented well. It was a lot of fun! Although, still, some of the students misbehaved. This time, I knew how to calm them down without shouting (because my throat was already aching that time). What I did was I wrote on the board everything that I had to tell them. Immediately, they followed my instructions and settled themselves down.
All in all, this day was very tiring yet fulfilling. Seeing the high and passed scores of your students really pays off the hard work!
I made my IMs at home, hence the two pictures on the bottom part of the collage. You know you’re working hard when this happens.
Day 6 - Tickets, please!
We were asked to attend the flag ceremony since it was Monday. Right after, I proceeded to the faculty room to get ready for my first class. I decided to sign the back part of the tickets which I will be distributing as a reward for the best performing students.
On my first class with Silver, my CT accompanied me and observed my teaching procedure. I distributed the tickets to the students who got high scores from our past activities. I just recalled the last text that we discussed then proceeded to the discussion part. I asked them a series of questions related to the text and to their daily lives. I also asked them last week to do their assignment which was an essay about patriotism and nationalism. Fortunately, all of them passed their work and were able to share their insights freely.
Then, my CT talked to me and clarified some points about my teaching. She told me to ask more from the students, and lessen teacher-talk. Also, she told me to revise the lesson plan I first made so that it will be polished and perfect when I transfer it to the lesson plan handbook. Lastly, she pointed out that I have developed the skill on the art of questioning which she really liked especially because I was tasked to handle the fourth year students who should be, by this time, already capable enough to handle and answer such questions.
The same drill went with Gold, only that my CT didn’t observe me this time for she was busy fulfilling her obligations to the school. Anyway, the students were also able to answer the questions meaningfully and pass their outputs. However, one of the students was very hyperactive that his classmates also became noisy. I tried talking nicely to him until he brought sticks out. Those were not related to our lesson so I reminded him my third rule in class. This made him silent for the rest of our period. I felt somehow guilty because of the result of what I did, but I also thought that those simple acts of misbehavior are usually the roots of bigger misbehavior problems.
During my long break, I decided to check the papers of my students and record their scores since I have nothing else to do. I carefully checked their mechanics in writing, spelling and (most importantly) their grammar. My CT also noted that I should always correct their grammar when reciting or writing in a nice way to avoid committing errors constantly. I also wrote my comments on their works especially on those which answers were too short or too meaningful to ignore.
Bronze, as usual, gave me a hard time controlling their voices and misbehavior. But, this time, I think, they’re more aware of their discipline problems and some students already knew how to control their classmates’ behavior. We also conducted a short debate which surprised me because the statements of the students were well-thought of and were delivered clearly to the audience (including me).