The University Of Trinidad And Tobago
Centre for Education Programme
Field Observation Report
At The Penal Secondary School
In partial fulfilment of the course
PRACTICUM V: Engaging in Classroom Practice I
Instructor: Dr. Pearl Rivers
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Analysis of the school and classroom of the field teaching experience
A diagram of the layout of the classroom
Teaching /Learning Experience
Analysis of Challenge Encountered
Sample of Lesson Plans
Examples of Lesson materials
Alignment of Lesson Objectives and Assessment Strategies
Reflection and Self- Evaluation of the Field - teaching Experience
_"A pupil needs a teacher who knows his work, who has the gift of teaching, who in patience and love will descend to the pupils needs." Andrew Murrray._
Effective teaching is a continual learning process (Stronge et al 2004), each school year brings changes to which competent teachers must adapt. As a student teacher this thought can be very troubling. One may ask, where does the knowledge for adapting to such change come from? Adapting to change is a key role of the effective teacher as it helps him or her successfully steer through the intricacies of the classroom. To be able to do this the teacher must have the personal abilities as well as the EXPERIENCE to do so. With this in mind one can see the dilemma that is often faced by the new teacher. To bridge this gap the year three student teachers of the University of Trinidad and Tobago are required to complete a one week field teaching practice whereby the student teacher is able to observe the actual school setting in a natural environment as well as put their knowledge and skills into practice.
The purpose of this assignment is to describe my field teaching experience from a reflective perspective detailing my strengths weaknesses and more importantly methods of improvement. The following is a reflective, analytical report which seeks to give a detail description of my one week and one day filed teaching report. This experience was conducted from the 3rd November, 2014 to the 7th November, 2014. The following report contains illustrations, narrations, statistics, an analysis of the pedagogical techniques used in the school and a personal reflection on the entire field teaching experience. As my practicum advisor reminded me "It is not how you begin but it how you end up". This statement matches my personal philosophy in life which is taken from Steven Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People which states; "Begin with the end in mind". This practicum experience I would describe as a very challenging one for me and there were moments I even questioned my dream to become a business teacher. However, it was my personal philosophy of teaching at those moments that gave me inspiration to persevere. Let us now examine my personal philosophy.
PHILOSOPHY OF TEACHING
_"Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each." -Plato_
My philosophy in teaching is closely related to this quote. I believe that students should not be coerced into learning but rather guided. I believe that the student are at the center of the education process. I would strive to make learning a natural process whereby the students are allowed to make inquiry and discover new material. Each child is unique and for this reason I will strive include a variety of strategies in my classroom. As a business teacher I believe that team work, proper communication and the use of technology are essential components in the classroom. I will strive to make lessons interesting and captivating thus creating enthusiasm for learning. Aside from the principles of business and accounting, I want my students to develop other proficiencies such as analytical thought process...
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